The commercials during this year’s Super Bowl broke new ground as a handful were more socially conscious than in years past. The most talked about commercials were not the funniest, nor the most creative, but instead were noted for their message.
The message that stood out to me was Always’ #likeagirl commercial that you can see here:
A confession is in order: I have used the phrase “like a girl” as an insult. While not intending to infer that it is an insult to be a girl, I have nevertheless perpetuated that ridiculous idea.
There are two theological problems with the idiocy that being a girl is an insult.
The first problem in using “like a girl” as an insult is in regards to humanity as created in the image of God. It should be obvious that Eve was just as much created in God’s image as Adam.
Men alone are not created in the image of God. Women too have the honor of being created in the imago dei.
Furthermore, there is a sense that while an individual bears God’s image, the fullness of bearing God’s image is something shared by humanity as a whole – men and women.
Using “like a girl” as an insult is an insult against the image of God.
The second theological problem is pertinent to the unity found in Christ. Paul writes in Galatians 3:28-29, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to his promise.”
Men and women are co-heirs to the promises of Christ.
Making a mockery of women is making a mockery of the unity we find in Christ.
Let’s stop using “like a girl” as though it is something shameful. Instead, we need to remember that it is not an insult to be a co-heir in Christ or to be made in God’s image.