Thank You, Women's March

photo taken by Rising member Jordan Gage

photo taken by Rising member Jordan Gage

On Saturday, January 21, 2017, hundreds of thousands of people descended into D.C. for the Washington Women’s March. To unite, to protest, to stand up for the rights of women, and all marginalized and underrepresented groups. To my surprise and true awe, people didn’t just show up in the Capitol, but they showed up around the world—all seven continents to be exact.

As you might expect, Saturday really felt big. While it certainly was history in the making, for me, it felt like the pinnacle of a lot of personal and spiritual growth.

You see, for a very long time, I thought being a Christian woman meant I had to align with conservative views. However, as I’ve grown in my faith I’ve realized Christ’s followers are all different. He doesn’t call us to a political party; he calls us to love our neighbor.

What does that mean for me?

I stand by women’s rights and gender equality

I stand by the LGBTQ community

I stand by the Black Lives Matter movement

I stand by the Muslim community and other oppressed groups

I stand by the truth that Jesus Christ died so that ALL may know the Father.

So when I saw the peaceful crowds and passionate speeches, it was inspiring to see so many strangers lift each other up. In a time that’s been so divided, people hugged, cheered, and rallied together. It reaffirmed to me that as Christians, we cannot turn our eyes from injustice. Whatever end of the political spectrum you’re on, I think we can agree on that.

And for those of you like me who might have wrestled for years with your faith and politics: you CAN be a Christian and a feminist.

Enjoy these photos from the D.C. Women's March by our friend Emily Lorin: