"The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;
That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,
To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed."
Is this a passage we have become ashamed of? Clearly this is something Christian women are to pass down from generation to generation. Will we do it? Where is our encouragement? Have we just accepted the status quo of young women giving their younger years to college or working hours? Or are we instilling in them the desire for work at home, doing what is good in the home, being a help to their families?
This becomes difficult in some situations where girls are not being raised in Christian families. But still, no one can force her to go to college or to go get a job. Some of my worst experiences in my younger years were at places of employment, and I do not recommend it for young ladies. It is much better to remain at home, assisting mothers and families with home duties, sharpening skills for married life when the time is right.
We need to get away from the attitude that men and women are exactly the same in Christ. Yes, we are of equal value and importance. Salvation is available to both men and women, boys and girls, but men and women are very different and have been given different roles by our Creator. We need to encourage and train our young women in the Church to desire motherhood, marriage, and homemaking, not college and careers. This, in itself, furthers the work of Christ's kingdom, as we strengthen families and as mothers bring up children and teach them about the Lord all day. We must never fall prey to the false idea that this is not important work. This is Kingdom work. What closer form of discipleship is there than devoted mothers and fathers raising up children for Christ's Kingdom? Fathers must toil away at work since they are the providers, but mothers are home to nuture and care for children. And even if they are in a state of childlessness, wives still have an important job of taking care of matters at home while their husbands are hard at work.
What do we say? Do we keep silent when the young women in our Christian circles go on and on about college and careers? What do you say? Do you wait for them to ask you questions? Please share in the comments your ideas or what has been helpful for you.
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