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.
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.