"...but try the spirits whether they are of God..." (1 Jno. 4:1)
|Volume Five, Number Two||Summer 1997|
Christian women are a special group and so needed in society today! Unlike the world, they believe the Bible is the standard for successful Christian living. They observe as important the scriptural pattern for life and the home. They know that without the guidance of the scriptures they cannot have the proper relationship with their husband and children (Eph. 5:23-33; 6:1-4). They are cognizant of the fact that God made the first home, and that in order gain for themselves all of the desired blessings from this divine institution they must be guided by the scriptures (2 Tim. 3:16-17). They must realize that to ignore God and his will in their lives means ruin for themselves and their home, and that rather "the house of the righteous shall stand" (Prov. 12:7).
When Paul penned the epistle to Titus in about 67 A.D., there were two things which he emphasized strongly for the preacher Titus to instruct Christians, and aged man and young men, women and young women, to practice in life: sound doctrine and good works. Inspiration does not in principle know limits in different ages. Hence the teaching here, though written many centuries ago, still applies equally today. He said, "The aged women likewise, that they be in behavior as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; that they may teach the young women 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" (Tit. 2:3-4).
This reference simply means in the original, "workers at home." Though most Christian ladies have humbly and clearly observed the commands to conduct their life in a sensible (sober) manner, have learned to love their husbands and children, to be discreet and pure in life so that no reflection by railing accusation might come upon the Word of God, some have found themselves overlooking and even disputing the teaching of being "keepers at home."
Some in our society have looked with disdain on "homemakers" and even suggested, in contradiction to the Bible, that those who are "keepers at home" are living a nonproductive and wasted life. Some young ladies, who otherwise are faithful, have fallen prey to this untoward teaching, been convinced this inspired command is not essential, and have traded off being "keepers at home" for a place in public work. We should note also, that many have paid a dear price because of their choice, in the loss of their husband's affection and their children's devotion. Some have learned all too late that the cost is enormous for disobeying the Bible. Sooner or later they have often observed first-hand that the "way of the transgressor is hard" (Prov. 13:15). Often those who have accepted the theory that "you can have it all" (family and job) have learned that in addition to the cost of additional clothing, transportation, child care by disinterested agencies, etc., that they must pay in sorrow for the rest of their lives because of neglected husbands, and children who were not taught in their early years the instruction, discipline, and training of the Lord (Eph. 6:4,5; Prov. 22:6). Beside the Word being blasphemed, unforeseen misery and pain have entered their years on earth.
For many women there is a need, and perhaps even necessity for important financial reasons, for them to work in public jobs. That they are very able and productive, no one would question. However, though the Bible does not forbid women from public work (Prov. 31), they are not released from the command to be "keepers at home." The home is not to be built around the job, but rather wise women will assure that the job is built around service to God and the needs of the home! The older women know the rich rewards and benefits of happy homes, loving husbands, and obedient, loved, and cared for children. they are commanded to teach the younger women for their continued good and happiness.
To be "keepers at home" is woman's most important job! It suggests that she realize her unequaled and important role of being a keeper: of self, her husband, their children, their house, the families clothes, manners, control of the tongue and morals, the decorum in public and private, and of course Godliness for all. Of course, husbands can help in many of these areas and are commanded to so! But her work in these areas is to be first and most important! Like it or not, much of the breakdown today in morals, reverence, respect, are traced to the absence of Godly mothers who are not "keepers at home!" They simply have not been taught, or have not taken the lesson of priority to the heart, that they are commanded to be "keepers at home." [Via The Southwesterner, Oct. 1, 1995, pp. 1,2]
CHALLENGE is published quarterly by Challenge Publications.
Jerry D. McDonald, Editor; Michael P. Hughes, Associate Editor.