HOW FEMINISM KILLED GOD’S PLAN FOR WOMEN

Yes, the title sounds harsh.  But I have to say that its true.  I have been reading a wonderful book entitled, “The Christian Homemaker’s Handbook.”  Its written by a number of women who detail everything a Christian woman needs to know about the home.  It starts with God’s plan for women and their role in culture and community.  The book covers a multitude of spiritual and practical homemaking material. 

The Christian Homemaker's Handbook

 

While some of feminism’s early ideals were helpful to women, such as women’s right to vote, most of their goals have only served to further objectify and harm women’s value within our world. Radicals twisted women’s roles in caring for the home and children.  They fought hard for abortion and birth control rights and in doing so, made children seem a burden rather than the blessing that the Lord has called them in His Word. Feminist touted homemaking as a burden, also.  They espoused that homemaking is boring, redundant, confining. “What does she do all day?,” they asked of the homemaker.  “She just sits around doing nothing,” was often the response. Women began to feel pressured to move into the workplace of men and find “freedom” and “value” in escaping the mundane homelife.

Yet God’s plan for women was in the home.  God’s plan was not for women to feel less than important.  Just because men and women’s roles are different does not mean that one is less valuable than the other.  Instead, God assigned us different roles so that life, order, and value could continue in our world. When we fail to recognize our roles, fulfill our roles, and value our roles, then we have essentially turned against God’s design for the home and perpetuation of family life.

Titus 2: 3-5 states:

Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the Word of God may not be reviled.

I have read this verse countless times, but just recently noticed the reason behind God’s design for women.  It is so the Word of God may not be reviled.  Think about that.  The reason God placed women in the home as homemakers is so that the Word of God will not be reviled.  What an amazing importance! And now that women are fully engaged in the workplace while denigrating the homemaking role, we do see the sad result of that. God’s Word has been reviled by society. How sad.

This is not to say that women should quit their jobs and run home today. How many women can afford to do that in these modern times? However  many women have never considered the possibility of any other way of life. The root of feminism began long ago and it has effectively hindered God’s plan for women and it has made it difficult for women to return home from the workplace. I pray that God will forgive us for the ways we have failed Him.  I pray He will teach us, as women of God, to return -first in our hearts- to our original role. I pray He will encourage us to value our husbands, children and our important role as homemaker.

Blessings~

Sherry

 

 

8 Comments


  1. I have shared this view for awhile now and was ashamed to admit it. I never wanted to cheapen the benefits of the women’s suffrage movement etc. but I do fully believe that God’s plan has been forgotten by many. In fact, I don’t believe it is even considered by most when planning a family or building a home life. I can honestly say that I didn’t consider it when building my family. However, I am blessed enough to have a husband that did. Recently the Lord made the way for me to leave my job and stay home with my children full time. I pray for that original purpose of a woman be rooted deep in my heart that I can become what HE has intended. I want to raise my children according to HIS will and teach them accordingly. I know this will be a journey for me as I am still praying for guidance. I praise you for being rooted enough in your faith to start a public forum. Thank you and God bless!

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      Thank you for sharing. I agree with you that fear is often why I pause before stating my beliefs. I have fear that they are too conservative or will be met with severe criticism. But the Lord is working with me on this. I don’t want to come across as being condescending or insensitive to women who are in a different place. I am still learning too! But I do feel that God has commanded “older” women to teach the younger ones as He is leading us.
      I appreciate your willingness to talk about your transition to a full-time homemaker, wife and momma. How wonderful! I know the road can be challenging and satan works against us whenever he can. But I pray blessings, strength, and courage for you on your path. You have blessed and encouraged me today. Thank you!
      Sherry

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  2. EXCELLENT thoughts! It saddens me how far removed from God’s plan we as a society are. However, it does not surprise me. So many women don’t even enjoy being at home with their children and that is just beyond my comprehension!

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      Hi Chelsey….thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. I agree. Not every minute of every day is joyous and full of excitement…whether you work as a homemaker or in another job. But for me, there has been so much fulfillment in being at home. My house isn’t perfectly clean, my kids had problems like others did, we had frustrations and anxieties….but through it all, I was leaning on Jesus. He was showing me that this is my life’s calling. I am blessed.

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  3. Hey, thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting! And don’t worry…I’ll be nice. 🙂 I don’t even disagree with you at all. I’m actually reading the same book right now (along with Half the Sky about the oppression of women around the globe so it’s an interesting contrast)! I’m a stay at home, homeschooling mom to three small boys and after reading about the effects of the 2nd wave of feminism, I had a few thoughts. Being a homemaker and a full-time mother is really hard, definitely way harder than I ever thought it would be. It is often a thankless, mundane never-ending, exhausting job. I think that when the 2nd wave started telling women to get out of the home, women jumped on the opportunity to try to find an “easier” life where they would get a little recognition and variety. They found the weak spot where many women were already frustrated and offered a way out. But having a career outside the home as a woman really isn’t any easier, especially if you are going to work full time and then come home and try to manage a home, mother children, stay healthy (exercise/cook) and be a good wife. No one has really gotten what they thought they were going to get.

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      Elizabeth, Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by The Homespun Wife. I couldn’t believe it when I landed on your blog today. LOL I thought, “Oh no…I’m in trouble!” But I understood your wonderful point. Everything is easier to take from someone who has a sweet and godly spirit. And that is what I desire ~ To come forth as someone with love in my heart, someone who is trying to grow and learn and increase in wisdom from God. Thank you for sharing more about yourself! 🙂

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  4. Bravo! I agree. Sad to say, it’s getting harder and harder to say these kinds of things out loud without lots of negative reaction. At the end of the day, God’s Word is the last word. It doesn’t matter what any of us think about things, if God says it, then that’s it! (love your pretty blog, very cute!) xx

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      Tina, You are so right about God’s Word. I have been around God’s Word most of my life and I have read it over and over through the years, but even now I am still learning how truly important it is. It is the guide to life in every area. Every time I read it, I see something new…The Word is alive and always inspiring. Thank you, Tina, for stopping by and leaving a comment. Your kinds words mean so much!
      Blessings to you~
      Sherry

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Thanks for your comments!