Black Christian women are powerful and have influence. During 2019, it makes perfect sense to not only use this influence for good – both in and out of the church – to positively impact lives, our communities and the wider society, but to also work alongside our men.
When we do so, great things can be achieved.
One of my favourite characters in Scripture is Deborah the Judge. Her story is featured in the book of Judges, chapters 4 and 5. She is the only woman featured in the Bible to lead the Israelites into battle.
As well as being a judge, Deborah was also a prophetess, and told Barak God said he should gather together 10,000 men to do battle against Sisera, commander of Canaanite army, whose king was greatly oppressing the Israelites.
Barak stated he would only go to war if Deborah joined him on the battlefield, to which she replied: “Certainly I will go with you, but because of the course you are taking, the honour will not be yours, for the Lord will deliver Sisera into the hands of a woman” (Judges 4:9).
I have absolutely no idea why Barak wanted Deborah to join him. Maybe he lacked confidence, even though he had received a directive from God. Maybe, he felt reassured in Deborah’s presence, or he just wanted a woman by his side… No matter what the reason, Deborah joined Barak on the battlefield, God remained true to His word, the Israelites won, and Deborah was praised for it.
In my mind, this story highlights the benefits to be gained when men and women join their respective strengths together and work towards a set goal.
Just imagine the impact we could have, if Christian men and women united together to fight against the issues that are negatively affecting our community, like racism, poverty, family breakdown, domestic violence, educational underachievement, poor mental health, youth violence and low aspirations.
I’m not saying this doesn’t already happen, I’m just saying that we need to see more of it, especially as the gulf between the haves and the have-nots in the Black community is getting wider and wider.
The Black community has some major issues to deal with, but if men and women work together to overcome them, with the Lord as our Guide, we will overcome them and enjoy the fruit of victory.
By Marcia Dixon