Staying at home

First, read this:
“(4)Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, (5)to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.” -Titus 2:4+5

Now, read this:
Objection #1: “A woman really only needs to stay home if she has children. Before that, she can have a career, and that means she’d need to go to college first for career training.”
Answer: When a woman marries, she becomes one with her husband. His interests become immediately and intimately her own. Her desire in life should be to further her own husband’s interests and make him successful by being the best wife she can possibly be. Her job is to free him from home concerns so that he can “contend in the gates” with the other men. She needs to do such a good job at home that her husband can put full confidence in her and literally never worry that she is incapable of running the home, tending to guests, managing the servants or teaching the children. She is not called to submit to anyone else’s husband but her own. To take a job out in the world and submit to male bosses and managers requires her to come under the guidance and direction of other men (in many cases someone else’s husband). This directly violates Titus 2:5, which exhorts married women to “be obedient to their own husbands” (emphasis mine).

Please, what do you think of that? Both females and males. I agree with some of it, but from reading Titus 2:5, I don’t get the same impression this lady does. She seems to say that a woman should only take orders from her husband, and I think that when the orders relate to personal life that’s true. But I don’t think the verse says it’s wrong to have a job and take orders from a boss; does that dishonor your husband/future husband?

1 Comment

  1. sonja Said,

    March 24, 2007 @ 11:49 am

    I agree with you Hannah. Some places in this piece seem to extrapolate a lot, and not always logically. =D

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