I have been troubled by the recent rash of Christian books for Christian women and young women that place a great deal of emphasis on their royal position as children of the King. It seems like quite a few books speak right to the heart of women to be valuable and cared for. The authors place a great deal of emphasis on the fact that when Christians have been saved they become a part of God’s family. It tells women that they are supremely valuable and they have worth as daughters of the king.
I was never entirely certain why this struck me as slightly off from a biblical point of view, but I’m fairly certain it has something to do with the appearance of being a Christian version of high self-esteem. Scripture speaks clearly about the inherent sinfulness of men and women; it also seems experience teaches that people think of themselves too highly rather than not highly enough. Popular thought today, however, calls people (even Christians) to have better self-esteem.
I found an article on Scriptorium Daily that addresses a similar issue. Allen Yeh talks about how these authors have a bit of a Disney princess mentality when it comes to Christian women. He also clearly covers the dangers in such a mindset.
This post is linked to Growing Home.