As a single woman writing about lots of Bible verses on women it’s easy to wonder what my readers will think about my credibility level. However, I’m throwing caution to the wind and blogging anyway. (You go girl! Yes… I am.)
Obviously I’ve never put last week’s post into practice and I certainly haven’t put a lot of what I’m going to say today into practice either. Regardless, having done some research, I’ve still got an opinion which I’m more than happy to share. (Am I ever)
I think a lot of people have an aversion to Christianity because they think that every woman is supposed to be some wifey-domestic goddess. However, there is no command that a woman must be married. Single women are given affirmation through a clear purpose: Her aim is to be devoted to the Lord in both body and spirit.
This doesn’t mean she has to become a nun. She could run her own small business, be your manager in the workplace, your local politician or your maths professor at university.
But what if a woman is married? Does that mean she’s forced to quit paid work for good and be a domestic goddess?
My opinion is that the various commands (found within a domestic context) for women to love their husbands and children develop a Biblical principle. This principle in my mind equates to a devotion to God first and foremost. Then if a woman is married, her next allegiance in life is to her husband. In third place, is her children if she’s got any.
This means she puts her husband and children first, before herself.
This thinking goes against the grain of individualism, but I’m not going to be making any apology for that.
What that means in practice is not going to be the same for all women around the globe. Because everyone’s situation is different, you cannot make a blanket statement such as:
All women need to stay out of paid work for x amount of time after having a child.
That’s nice. But what if her husband’s ill, injured, retrenched, has died or left her. You can’t make a rule. That’s what.
Everything has to be considered within a family’s immediate context. Only then can you discern if a woman is prioritising her husband and children in her choices. And I think women have brains enough to know whether they are or aren’t doing that – should they choose to put Christianity into action in their own lives.
Yours in opinions,