The Feminism of the Mothers is the Destruction of the Daughters
Editor’s Note: The following remarkable testimony was shared by Sarah Zes at the 2003 OSA National Event in Charlotte, NC
I would like to begin by giving all glory and honor to the Lord Jesus Christ for granting me life — both physically and spiritually — and to my parents for their sacrifice in raising me and the example they have been to me of godly parents. Because of them, I stand before you today as a survivor of the abortion holocaust that has snuffed out the lives of one-third of my generation, including the two precious little girls, Deborah and Sarah, that we honored today. Though they have no voice, their testimony speaks volumes.
I have heard it said that the Heroism of the Fathers is the Legacy of the Sons. I would submit the reverse is also true. In our culture, the Feminism of the Mothers is the Destruction of the Daughters. The most blatant and horrific form of this destruction is abortion — the murder of unborn children by their mothers. But abortion is not the only fruit of feminism. Our culture abounds with its fruits: from divorce, to the existence of daycares, to women in the workforce and in the military and in positions of authority in the church and civil government — the list is endless. Feminism has become so prevalent that we are influenced by it probably without even realizing it.
Feminism has affected the way we think — even the way we dress. Did you know that the lack of clothes we see women wear today is an effect of feminism? How many feminists — pro-aborts — do you know who dress modestly? We as Christian women need to make a distinction in our dress and make a conscious effort to dress modestly and femininely. We need to have a dress standard, and it needs to reflect Christ and not the world.
This influence of feminism is a serious problem. Because the Feminism of the Mothers is the Destruction of the Daughters, we daughters who have not been aborted are in just as much danger of being destroyed — by the lies of feminism. The lies which tell us we should be independent from our parents and out from under their authority, training for a career or looking for our ministry outside of the context of our home and family. But Proverbs 14:12 says: “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” You see, we are in a battle; and it is not enough that we have survived abortion — we must also survive the culture of feminism. We must learn to recognize the lies of feminism and reject them. We must pull up from its roots the tree that produces abortion.
Daughters — my plea is to you. We have been bombarded by an enemy seeking to steal our hearts and turn them away from our parents. We have been pressured by our egalitarian culture to look for our worth in peers, in education, in careers, and in individual ministries outside the home. I encourage you to heed the testimonies of Deborah and Sarah — who being dead, yet speaketh. In the Scriptures, we see that Deborah and Sarah were strong and godly women — and they were under the authority of their husbands. As it says in I Peter 3:5-6: “For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands: Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.” Let me tell you, there is liberty in submission. There is liberty in submitting to your father. Don’t let your heart be taken captive by the independent spirit of feminism. We as daughters are not sufficient to guard our hearts — God has placed us under the authority of our fathers to protect our hearts.
So I encourage you — give your heart fully to the Lord Jesus Christ and to your father (or if you are married, to your husband) and be under his authority. Find your mission in being his helpmeet. Your job is to honor and serve him as your leader, your protector, your head. The Word of God tells us as women to delight in being keepers at home and to love children. We are to make our father’s (or husband’s) home and work as productive as possible.
Our obedience or disobedience to the high calling Jesus Christ has given us as women will affect future generations and even the future of this nation. Instead of being known as a generation where the Feminism of the Mothers is the Destruction of the Daughters, let us instead leave a legacy of faithfulness so that we and our children will be more than survivors of our culture of death — we will be conquerors of it for the glory of God.