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Modern Female Heroes Needed for Battle

By: Kristen Clark

The guard slapped her across the face and yelled, “keep moving!” Her tiny frame and malnourished figure stumbled forward.

On the brinks of starvation and freezing to death, she was doing everything possible to simply survive. Ripped away from her family and friends, she had nothing left but her faith.

The days and months wore on as Corrie Ten Boom endured the horrendous evil inside a Nazi concentration camp. She was in the midst of a monstrous battle. As the days and weeks wore on, she watched her precious sister die from sickness.

Fighting the rage of anger inside her heart, Corrie knew that there was only one weapon that could win this evil battle — love.

After being released from the horrifying concentration camp, Corrie knew her life would never be the same again. Instead of choosing the path of anger, bitterness, and revenge against her torturers, Corrie clung to the powerful healing of God’s mercy and grace.

Instead of embracing hate, she chose forgiveness.

Can you imagine choosing to forgive the very evil people who brought death and destruction to your family?

Corrie chose to return good instead of evil.

Corrie Ten Boom dedicated the rest of her life to sharing her story of God’s faithfulness to thousands of people around the world. As a result, many unsaved people came to know Christ as their personal Savior…even some of the most horrendous Nazi guards.

Corrie Ten Boom died in 1983, and since then has become well known as a “hero of the faith.” She is a woman who saw the battle of evil in this world, and chose to fight against it God’s way. She is a female hero who has left behind a lasting legacy for Christ’s glory.

Heroines.

As a modern woman myself, I love the idea of a brave, courageous, and noble female hero fighting the battles of this world.

But if I’m not careful, my picture of what a female hero should look like can quickly become skewed and self-centered.

The right kind of female hero isn’t one who is simply fighting the battles of this world, but a woman who is fighting the battles of sin in her own life, and boldly pursuing God’s truth in everything she does.

She is constantly fighting to keep Christ at the center of her affections. God’s glory is her objective. The gospel is her motivation.

This is the type of modern female hero that God wants you and me to become.

Just like Corrie, other Christian women throughout recent history have also earned the honor of being called a “hero of the faith.”

Amy Carmichael (1867 – 1951) traveled to India as a missionary and courageously rescued countless girls from slavery and prostitution. Amy courageously risked her life to show Christ’s love to helpless young victims, and as a result, many young girls grew up free from a life of slavery.

Amy was a true heroine who made an eternal impact and left behind a beautiful legacy of faith.

Elisabeth Elliot (1926 – 2015) is another female hero.

Her first husband, Jim Elliot, was killed in 1956 while attempting to make missionary contact with the Auca indians of eastern Ecuador. Against all “common sense” Elisabeth chose to go back to Ecuador and minister to the exact same tribe who killed her husband!

The forgiveness and love she showed the Auca (despite her husband’s brutal murder) made such an impact on these people that many came to know Christ as their personal Savior. Elisabeth dedicated the rest of her life to ministering to others and spreading the great news of the gospel wherever she went.

Elisabeth was a true heroine who made an eternal impact and left behind an incredible legacy of faith.

Biblical women like Ruth, Esther, and Mary (Jesus’ mother) are a few other courageous heroes of the faith, and there are many more.

As incredible and inspiring as these female heroes are, I don’t think a single one of them would have called herself a “hero.” These women didn’t set out to be “great,” they simply determined to obey God’s call to live radical lives for His glory.

These brave women simply fought for what they knew to be true and right according to God’s word. They understood the reality of evil, and engaged in the battle. No matter the cost.   

As modern Christian women living in this twenty-first century, we are called to fight the same fight! The battle may look different today, but it exists nonetheless. We are called to engage in the battle of evil and stand up for what is true and just.

We are called to live radical lives for God’s glory, even when nobody around us is doing it.

1 Timothy 6:12a says, “Fight the good fight of the faith.” We’re not called to fight just any fight…we’re called to fight the good fight. The fight of Christ. The battle for the gospel. The war on evil. The pursuit of righteousness.

There is a battle, and we must choose to engage. Right now. Right where God has us.

Whether it’s choosing to courageously share the gospel at your school, or choosing to embrace purity in a sexually perverse culture, or fighting for the lives of unborn babies, or heading to your inner city to minister to the homeless, or starting a local Bible study, or mentoring a younger woman, or choosing to forgive someone who has sinned against you — this is where the battle starts. That is where Christian heroes fight. 

Living sold out for Christ right now, in your personal sphere of influence, is what God is calling you to do.

Our world has enough women fighting for evil agendas. I pray you will strive to be a woman who sees the vision for truth, and passionately pursues Christ in your personal life, home, school, job, church, and relationships. 

And who knows, maybe one day many years from now, younger Christian women will read about your life and thank the Lord for a female hero of the faith like you.

To learn more about the amazing female heroes mentioned above, click below.

Elisabeth Elliot

Amy Carmichael

Corrie Ten Boom

And if you want to learn more about how to become a modern courageous woman yourself, grab a copy of Girl Defined: God’s Radical Design for Beauty, Femininity, and Identity.

I’d love to hear from you below!

  • Who is your personal favorite “hero of the faith” and why?
  • What differences do you see between secular female heros, and Christian female heros of the faith?

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  • Shanae Butterworth

    Too many non God centered women are accounted as great heros these days. We need to be reminded of the real ones! Corrie Ten Boom is my favorite, because forgiving is difficult, especially when the wrong was toward a family member.

    I live in a very college, and liberal town. Being a homeschooled, didn’t go to college, living at home single girl in her late twinties is very not ok with people here. I often feel like I’m the only one doing godly womanhood. I’m very glad to have found this site a month ago and know I’m not!

    • Brittany

      It doesn’t matter that your single, or live at home. Your dedication to Jesus is what matters. Your more of a hero to kids like us than Beyoncé or Lady Gaga who like to be disgusting an are Satanic. Yeah the world looks down on people who live godly, but they really are the ones missing out. Purity is sacred and so so rare in this impure culture.

      And I also loved Corrie for the same reason. Man. . .how could you forgive that? She did through the power of Jesus. You and me could do the same, because we share the same God! ::) God bless you! I just felt like replying. . .:)

      • Cappy

        And what of all the non-Christian people who do great things?

    • Rainbow_sprinkles7

      So if a woman is not a Christian, but does something great she’s not a hero because it wasn’t “God-centered”????

      • Shanae Butterworth

        A truly great person doesn’t put focus on themselves or what they have done.

        When God is taking out of the picture how great is it really?

  • Lexie Zandt

    I like Elizabeth Elliot and Corrie Ten Boom; mainly because I know them. I read the book “Through the Gates of Splendor” which is an amazing book, and I love the wisdom that Corrie Ten Boom gives in her famous quotes. I think secular female heros are more interested in pleasing people then they are God.

  • Corrie Ten Boom has inspired me since I read about her in high school. Love and forgiveness have such power because they are of God.

    I think 1 John chapter 4, especially verses 7 & 8 and 16-21 gets at the heart of what it means to be a Christian hero. Using this as a guidepost, two of the women in my life who inspire me most are my mom and my coparent. My mom was a devout Christian who inspired many to succeed in writing (she was an author and created and led a writing group) and loved unconditionally. My coparent doesn’t call herself a Christian, yet works tirelessly with children diagnosed with autism and has helped a number of them to become successful and to function and excel in life, teaches others to communicate effectively and resolve conflicts, and frequently encourages me to forgive when I find it hard to do so. While we see others only from the outside, God sees our hearts, and I think that confessing Jesus is Lord is more action than words. Jesus seems to be saying this in Matthew 21:28-31.

    • Child of God

      Okay Mister. Since you’re a man why don’t you read man blogs?

      • Hello, Child of God,
        First, I’m not a man – why do you say I am?
        Second, I read this blog because I’m a Christian and I’m interested in questions of Christianity, purity, modesty, feminism, and gender. Why shouldn’t I read it?

        • Child of God

          I’m sorry.
          I was so rude! I shouldn’t have commented at all. My reasons for reading this blog are the same as yours. I just thought you were a “transgender woman” meaning that you are a man physically and have a chemical imbalance that makes you think you’re a woman.
          Regardless, I was rude. There’s no need to be hateful to anyone simply because we don’t agree.
          Please forgive me.

          • I am a transgender woman, but it isn’t a chemical imbalance that makes me think I’m a woman – it’s the physical conformation of my brain that makes me know it. A number of studies have confirmed that there is a section of the hypothalamus (called the BSTc) that is differentiated by s.x, and that in transgender people this section corresponds to the physically opposite s.x. This is described in the National Geographic documentary “Gender Revolution,” and also in Thomas E. Bevan, PhD’s book, “The Psychobiology of Transsexualism and Transgenderism.” Untreated, this can lead to intense suffering – almost half of transgender people attempt suicide – and I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. I draw much comfort from the Bible, including passages such as Isa. 56:3-5. Sadly, only about 20% of trans people in the US are Christian – and it’s not because we’ve rejected Christ, it’s because Christians have chased and harassed us out of their churches.

            I absolutely forgive you. Thank you for your apology. Numbers 6:24-26

      • Cappy

        Child of God, why are you so hateful?

  • Brittany

    Corrie ten Boom was one of the most legit women in our time era. Definitely someone to be like, because she tried to be like Jesus.

  • Lauren

    I could really feel the Holy Spirit stirring in me when I was reading this. All of these women inspired me. I want to live a life for Christ to spread His glory. Today’s secular “female heroes” become heroes when they fight for abortion, women showing their bodies, women who think feminism is the way for everything. A Christian female hero spreads the Gospel, shows true courage by doing things that would strongly intimidate a weaker Christian, and go against the crowd to change the world.

    • Brittany

      Amen sister!!! You nailed it girl! Sharing the love of Jesus in word and deed is very bold and is something we should all dare to do. Let’s be girls who shake the world for Christ. Cause, that is what is truly beautiful!

    • Rainbow_sprinkles7

      Someone having a difference of opinion on abortions and doing what THEY feel is right does not make them wrong. Feminism simply means women having every opportunity and right that men do. How can you think that is a bad thing?

  • Allison

    So so good!

  • Chelsea Odegaard

    1. My favorite hero of the faith is Corrie Ten Boom. She struggled with a bitter, worried heart and was honest about it. She attributed everything good she did to the power of Christ. She suffered a great deal and that made her stronger and firmer in the faith, and that is a great encouragement to me (and others, I’m sure) in hard times.
    2. Secular female heroes are consumed with the belief that they must follow their heart and dreams above all else, even if it affects people around them negatively. Their desires and dreams are paramount, and they are the most important person in their lives. Christian female heroes really just emulate Christ: they are humble, self-sacrificing, kind, hard-working. They lay aside their wordy dreams and desires for their lives and choose to follow Christ.

    • I disagree with your #2. I think the operative word is “hero,” which implies someone who is selfless and acting in the interests of others. Like Sue, a friend of mine who is a pagan (Wiccan, maybe) and volunteers many hours of time to Occupy Medical to provide medical care to homeless people who don’t have access otherwise. I’d use “humble, self-sacrificing, kind, hard-working” as words to describe her. Also, I don’t think Christian heroes surrender their dreams – I believe their dreams are informed and fueled by their faith, like Martin Luther King, Jr., Mother Theresa, and, IIRC, Corrie Ten Boom. I think this is kind of what Jesus was getting at when he said, “ye shall know them by their fruits,” and Matt. 21:28-31, and what James was talking about in Chapter 2.

      I think the difference between Christian and secular heroes is that Christian heroes are standing on a rock, and it gives them a secure foundation from which to pursue their dreams of a more equitable, just society and helping others, while secular heroes stand on sand. But the works are often the same. And who am I to judge? It is enough to know that I follow Christ to the best of my abilities, and judge only the fruits, which I can see, not the heart, which I cannot see. And then I read the verses I cited above, and Matt. 25:31-46, and wonder if some of the best Christians don’t call themselves Christian at all – and some who call themselves Christians, aren’t.

      • Lucy

        And men pretending to be women shouldn’t give advice and opinions to young ladies unless asked for opinions by men…

        • Seriously?

          In the first place, I’m not pretending to be anything I’m not. In the second, read the last three sentences in Kristen’s post above.

          What is it about my comment that bothers you?

          • Lucy

            You’re right. Kristen wanted opinions.
            But Chelsea didn’t ask what others thought of her comment. That’s all.

            I’m sorry that I accused you of pretending to be something that you’re not.

            All my sins are forgiven. I pray you have made that decision to trust Jesus also.
            In which case, He will be your judge. Not me. And He will not hold your sin to your charge if He has paid for it.

            I’m sorry for being harsh.

          • Maybe it’s different for others, but when I post comments, I always welcome discussion. I think there is far too much polarization in my country (the USA) right now, and it’s largely because neither side will listen to the other – and too often we don’t even talk to each other. I hope my own conversation helps to increase understanding and lessen animosity and rancor. I don’t know how to do that without engaging in meaningful conversation with an open heart. Ultimately, Jesus is my judge, and as he sees in the inward person, I’m good with that.

            Thank you for your apology. Accepted, forgiven. Blessings to you!

  • Anonymous

    St. Therese of Lisieux showed that you can live a simple life and don’t have to do “great” things to become a saint/hero. It’s the love with which you act that makes little acts of kindness great.

  • Rainbow_sprinkles7

    The assumption here is that all Christians feel the same way about social and political issues and women of other faiths and those who are not religious cannot do good in the world. It’s great to want to spread Jesus’ love and His message, but you don’t have to be a Christian to change the world for the better. Some of the most influential and positive people I know are not Christensen. Open your minds, please
    *for the record, I’m a Christian, but I respect other people and their beliefs. And this whole modesty for girls only and purity thing drives me nuts. There is way too much emphasis on it for some Christians

    • Shanae Butterworth

      Modesty and purity aren’t only for girls. Do you actually respect all people? So far your comments indicate otherwise and like your purpose on this post is to cause trouble.

      • Rainbow_sprinkles7

        When has there ever been a conversation about modesty for men? Whenever I hear about modesty it’s always about women and how it’s our job to cover ourselves because men can’t control their thoughts and actions. If you feel a personal conviction to dress “modestly” fine, but what women choose to wear should be based on what makes them feel good about themselves and it shouldn’t be anyone else’s business.
        I’ve been commenting on these posts because I’m interested in the subject of purity and modesty as a Christian who does not put such an emphasis on it in my own beliefs because I have seen how detrimental and sexist it can be for women.

        • Shanae Butterworth

          I was trying to send you a link, but it’s pending. Anyway this and another blog called ‘A lovely calling’ has such posts. If you actually look them up.

    • DJR

      Thank you for this post. I wanted to comment in a similar vein. So here goes. I find it difficult that the authors of this blog refer to almost anyone who believes differently than they do is “lost” and belonging to some sort of ill defined deviant culture.
      The culture outside your bubble is not monolithic and encompasses many many different points of view. Some healthy,some not.
      My grandmother, an immigrant, lived on a farm in rural NJ. During the depression she fed her relatives with what she grew and raised. She saved a generation. She was an atheist.

    • Brittany

      It’s true that other people of other faiths. . .but Kristen CHOSE to use 3 Christian ones. And maybe because their lives CHANGED the world FOR JESUS. More souls are SAVED because of them. That’s the kinda change that matters most!

      I totally agree. Modesty is for men and women. But purity rings symbolize purity. . .so don’t get mad about little things.

      • Rainbow_sprinkles7

        That’s great to talk about spreading God’s word and changing the world. It definitely is important. I’m just saying you don’t HAVE to be a Christian to do good things and to change the world in a positive way.
        Modesty and purity are made way too important to the point of being detrimental to women. And I have never heard anyone make a big deal about men being modest. We should be teaching men to control their thoughts and actions rather than telling women it’s their responsibility to keep mens’ minds pure

        • Brittany

          I can agree to a level. If modesty becomes an obsession over worshipping Jesus than we are deceived. Which can happen in churches with dress codes. Sometimes people focus more on being outwardly modest than inwardly. We should be both and not make a huge deal about it.

          Modest dressing shouldn’t be done “just for guys” no. It should be for you and Jesus. Your body (if your saved) is actually God’s now, because Salvation is like a marriage. Your “one” with Christ spiritually. You are His, He is yours.

          Just ask God “Should I wear this?” Because some people are probably so caught up on modesty they idolize the idea. (I’m not pointing any fingers, but I bet it can happen )

    • Aleksandra

      Hi!

      I read your comment and I also wondered for some time why God says we cannot be good apart from Him. The Bible tells us two things about that:

      Isaiah 64:6 (NLT)
      “We are all infected and impure with sin. When we display our righteous deeds, they are nothing but filthy rags. Like autumn leaves, we wither and fall, and our sins sweep us away like the wind.” – Because of sin we are naturally selfish and cannot therefore have absolute pure and good reasons. What good thing did ever come forth out of selfishness? The source of our good deeds is as well as important as the work itself.

      The second thing is that it’s about eternity. Only having accepted Jesus as Lord will get us in heaven. (Acts 4:12)
      There is no other way, because we are not justified by good deeds. We are justified by Jesus’ sacrifice. In the end it’s more important to share Jesus with the world because we’ll all need Him in the end. It’s far more important sharing Him than ‘simply’ helping other people here on earth to get through tough times or something like that. You might want to consider that.

      God bless you!

  • Reigha Sunshine

    Amy Carmichael was my personal hero as a little girl. I always wanted to grow up to be like her and save all the little girls just like me. I still dream of going to India someday, but for now, I will minister in my home town, for that is what she did. 🙂

  • G Abigail Alvarez Barrionuevo

    Deffinitly Amy Carmichael… as I got to know her though books I realized that God used her to teach about love and forgiveness, that is what I need to learn… how to love and forgive.


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