There’s a religious/inspirational video with a message to all women on YouTube right now that has 323,191 views at the time of this posting. I watched that video and was struck by how anti-Gospel some of the comments are, despite the video’s intended Christian theme. And while you may watch this video and assume it comes from a Christian worldview, some of the ideas promoted within it are not from the Bible or New Testament Christianity. In fact, a few of the statements border on blasphemy.
One line says to women “regardless of who you think you are the reality is you deserve Someone who will give up their LIFE for you because you are powerful and strong and capable.” Let’s reflect on what this is really saying . . . . This line tells us that regardless of what you think of yourself (whether you are disappointed in who you are or not) you need to believe that you deserve Jesus’ death on the cross because you are powerful, strong, capable. What does that even mean? If we are powerful, strong, and capable, why would we need Jesus in the first place? And isn’t this implying that Jesus’ death is serving us, thereby furthering saying we are worthy to be served by the Creator of the universe?
On the flip side, the Gospel says you DO NOT deserve Christ giving His life for you! Romans 5:6-7 explicitly teaches this: “For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” This verse doesn’t teach we are worthy based upon our power, strength and capability but that we are weak, ungodly, unrighteous sinners. And that is what makes Christ’s death and giving of Himself such good news! Grace comes in and says, you are not worthy, but I love you and choose you, and shower you with love and grace, despite your sin.
I beg of you, don’t give in to this culture that wants to teach you the gospel of self-esteem and self-help! We cannot do anything on our own, and the only merit we have is the righteous life, sacrificial death, and resurrecting power of Christ that justifies us before a holy God.