“So Long, What?”

We’re insecure. You and me and every woman.  In fact, chronic insecurity is a cultural epidemic, but almost no one is talking about it. And it ticks me off.”

– Beth Moore

Intriguing statement, huh?  Especially the first two sentences.  But is it true?

Put another way: Is Moore’s observation valid? Is insecurity an inherently female trait, as her statement seems to imply?  Is it universal?   Does insecurity “tick you off”?  Have you heard this anywhere else?  What assumptions about women are in play here, if any?

According to the American Heritage Dictionary, “Insecurity” means:

ADJECTIVE:

  1. Not sure or certain; doubtful: unemployed and facing an insecure future.
  2. Inadequately guarded or protected; unsafe: A shortage of military police made the air base insecure.
  3. Not firm or fixed; unsteady: an insecure foothold.
    1. Lacking stability; troubled: an insecure relationship.
    2. Lacking self-confidence; plagued by anxiety: had always felt insecure at parties.

Is “chronic insecurity” a “cultural epidemic”?  Is it gender specific?   Does being a woman necessarily mean a lack of stability, confidence, anxiety and doubt?  Do you know any Christian women who don’t fit this mold? Is it possible to be a woman and be secure, or is “insecurity” an immutable part of female DNA?  Why?  How?

“So Long, Insecurity” seems predicated on the intriguing statement a la “you and me and every woman.”  Do you accept that?  Is it an over-simplification?  Painting with too broad of a brush?  Real deal or emotional hype?  A rehearsal of gender myths or stereotypes?  What about” insecurity” vs. spiritual warfare?

Curious, isn’t it, how many Christian women flock to conferences, books, retreats, organizations, Bible studies and so on with a “ground zero” of  uncertainty, doubt, failure, etc.?  What does this say about the state of Christian womanhood?

Are Christian women so starved for biblical truth and spiritual nurture that they  latch on to almost anything that comes down the pike, especially if it starts with a premise like the one noted above?  Why are so many Christian women willing to dive into any “biblical” package that’s presented, so long as it’s attractive, well-marketed and attached to a “big name”?

We don’t plan on joining the So Long, Insecurity simulcast (April 24).  But if you or someone you know does, how ’bout weighing in?  We’d like to hear from you.

Also see: Does Beth Moore Know How to Read the Bible? and More on Beth Moore

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Coming up next: A 10-part series on Spiritual Abuse.

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