Clutching the zietgiest and leaving the paths of old, Christians today have succumbed to feminism and women’s suffrage. Skeptical if not hateful of the ways of their ancestors, they reach for skeptical questions and rhetoric like “What if God gave her the passion to be a ____, and not a homemaker?” Or, “It takes two incomes to make it these days.” They’ve abandoned Biblical literacy and critical thinking for keeping trends and pleasing pagan culture (James 4:4).
A few generations ago, Christian women would have been ashamed to utter such back-talk to God or to usurp their husbands, for they knew that God alone defines their role and equips them to fulfill it–passion and all. They were keen enough to realize that their biological nature and objective Scriptural calling trumped whatever subjective and fleeting passions were currently ebbing and flowing from the demands of the world. Godly principle were better than sitcom ethics. A woman’s joy and hobby was her family, and her vote was duly represented by her husband. It was unquestioned that his income and her frugality were alone sufficient. And they had more that 2.1 children. Ultimately, all knew the Apostolic teaching that her staying at home with the children in subjection to her husband is sound doctrine, and do do contrary is blasphemous (Titus 2).
Not so today.
Now the average woman–whether pagan or Christian–touts her blasphemous career and unsound barren womb as a badge of freedom. And her husband justifies the extra car, cable/satellite bill, flat screen TV, etc as normal “American” freedoms to which he is entitled. Together, they shell out mega cash to day care, extracurricular activities, summer camps, and myriad of sports programs and such in order to gain the freedom to spend more dough on needless date nights and fancy evenings on the town–things normally fitting for dating couples who don’t yet have the joyful responsibility of raising up godly offspring.
As Robert Dabney knew, pretending you’re biblically benighted or single again doesn’t make the Divine duty go away, even the earthly rewards are sweet. Here is a prophetic excerpt from Women’s Rights Women, by Robert L. Dabney.
When the family shall no longer have a head, and the great foundation for the subordination of children in the mother’s example is gone; when the mother shall have found another sphere than her home for her energies; when she shall have exchanged the sweet charities of domestic love and sympathy for the fierce passions of the hustings [politics]; when families shall be disrupted at the caprice of either party, and the children scattered as foundlings from their hearthstone, it requires no wisdom to see that a race of sons will be reared nearer akin to devils than to men. In the hands of such a bastard progeny, without discipline, without homes, without a God, the last remains of social order will speedily perish, and society will be overwhelmed in savage anarchy.…[T]he very traits which fit her to be the angel of a virtuous home unfit her to meet the agitations of political life, even as safely as does the more rugged man. The hot glare of publicity and passion will speedily deflower her delicacy and sweetness. Those temptations, which her Maker did not form her to bear, will debauch her heart, developing a character as much more repulsive than that of the debauched man as the fall has been greater. The politicating woman, unsexed and denaturalized, shorn of the true glory of her femininity, will appear to men as a feeble hybrid manikin dwarf, with all the defects and none of the strength of the male. Instead of being the dear object of his chivalrous affection, she becomes his importunate rival, despised without being feared!