By Angela Wittman
First of all, let's look at the role of wives from a Biblical standpoint:
Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives; 2 While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. 3 Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; 4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. 5 For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands: 6 Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement. 7 Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.
- 1 Peter 3: 1-7, KJV
It is a fact that a gentle, quiet, meek, submissive spirit is of great worth in God's sight. This is the type of woman I long to be, and while I have every confidence that the good Lord is making me such, I still fall short of this goal everyday. But even though I have not yet obtained my desire to be as the "holy women" who trusted in God, I still pray and aim to be as one of them. In return I also want the men in my life to show me honor, courtesy and to cherish me as a Christian woman. I don't want to have to "fight" my way through the world whether it be through embracing feminist causes and ideology or with chasing after a career or higher education. I want to do what God has created and called me to do: be a chaste woman in subjection to my husband and the nurturer of our family. Why would any woman want to trade this for manly struggles in the world? In fact, I want gentlemen to hold doors open for me, remove their hats in my presence and treat me as though I am weaker...because I really am! In other words, I want to be honored and cherished.
Recently I was investigating a prenatal child-killing facility's website (Whole Women's Health in Austin, Texas) and was appalled to read they named their examining and procedure rooms after women they admire:
At Whole Woman’s Health, our mission is larger than healthcare – we are here to make the world a better place for the women we know now and those who will follow in our footsteps. We honor women's voices and stories and know they are an important part of our history.
In our offices, we have named each room in the facility after a woman we admire - so instead of having your pap smear in Exam Room #1, you can have it in the Eleanor Roosevelt room.
Here's the infamous list:
Rachel Carson, Julia Child, Hillary Clinton, Marie Curie, Amelia Earhardt, Indira Gandhi, Emma Goldman, Frida Kahlo, Audre Lorde, Margaret Mead, Florence Nightingale, Georgia O'Keefe, Rosa Parks, Rosie the Riveter, Eleanor Roosevelt, Margaret Sanger, Gertrude Stein, Amy Tan, Sojourner Truth, Alice Walker, Ida B. Wells, Virginia Woolf, Ella "Babe" Didrikson Zaharias
I don't know about you, but this is one list I would not want to find my name on. So ladies, let the world have its Rosie the Riveter, Hillary Clinton, Margaret Mead and Margaret Sanger, but let the Church and our families have it's holy women: Sarah, Hannah, Ruth, Naomi, Deborah, Esther, Anna, Martha, Mary, Lydia, Priscilla, and Dorcas. These are true example of godly womanhood and women whom the Lord has not only recorded in Scripture, but ones He has chosen to honor and cherish for all eternity.
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