Several minutes into the Super Bowl halftime show, Jennifer Lopez was wrapped around a pole. Soon, her daughter, Emme, age eleven, would join her mom on the stage to share the spotlight.
You know those little roly-poly caterpillars that curl up in a tiny ball when you poke them? That was me on my sofa hoping to shut out the world I was seeing.
I am, as most of you know by now, a big fan of women. And to witness a woman; a mother, embody this kind of ’empowerment’ in front of her own daughter, a generation of daughters, and the entire watching world, well, it made me want to cry hot tears of frustration.
Because it’s not original, or fierce, or fully empowering for any woman to sexualize her body to hold court. That’s a barren vineyard that’s born nothing but bitter and poisonous wine for women since the beginning of time.
Ten Super Bowls from now, J-Lo will be sixty, very rich, and I honestly hope, genuinely happy. But even if she’s still physically flawless and in fantastic shape, it’s unlikely she’ll be invited to perform during the 2030 halftime show. Why? Because there’s an expiration date for the type of female ’empowerment’ she advances, and even she knows that not many will want to see a sexagenarian on a pole.
And so this year’s halftime show pulled back the smoke and mirrors curtain on the ultimate temptation: You only get this one life, and it’s passing you by. You need to do whatever you can to make yourself happy, set your own terms, and be your own best boss of you.
If this is true, then who’s to blame any woman who takes her physical assets and uses them for some agency and access in this life? Time is running out to carve out a piece of the power pie, daughters. A smart woman will take advantage and strike while the iron’s hot. #empowered
But those who labor in God’s vineyard can spot the lie because they’ve tasted the wine of heaven. They know this life isn’t all there is, and it’s not short. No, today is just one of the fullness of days we’ll spend working with God as part of his extended family.
The real empowerment of any woman means that she finds her true self in this life, as a daughter of a most merciful and powerful God, empowered to live and rule with him in his world from age to age.
In God’s kingdom, which has already come and will never end, women need not use their bodies in a sexual manner in order to have real agency, or access, or a future. For in God’s family, women have the kind of agency, access, and future that a king would afford his own daughter.
And so, daughters of the true and triumphant King, your words carry the weight of his righteousness until he returns. Your ‘yes’ is his yes.
You’ve been given divine authority to render judgments on earth as He would in heaven. Your ‘no’ is his no.
Shalom to you and yours. For the host of heaven has your back as you labor in his vineyard today. #empowered.