Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The Role of Women at home and in the Church

I believe in one God, the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible.
I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages.
God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God...

The role of women - older women should 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, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home... Titus 3-6

As a sociologist, I am trying to understand the Word of God found in the Bible as an application for functioning society, what good would it do/does it have for society?
Given today's struggling family largely due to lack of employment, I see in God's appropriation of roles and tasks that his design was for our best interests, our own good - society's good.

Being busy at home and not out in the 'world of work' as we read in Proverbs 31, we discover/learn that women make their greatest contribution working at and for the home. In this way, the world of work outside of home belongs God as He ordained it, where men have their place as He designed... not by man's design and certainly not by women's.

This creates stability, balance and harmony. Let our Creators' work/design be embraced and lived!

As for women in the church - In the Lord,... woman is not independent of man, nor is man independent of woman. For as woman came from man, so also man is born of woman. But everything comes from God. Judge for yourselves: is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered? Does not the very nature of things teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a disgrace to him, but that if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For long hair is given to her as a covering. If anyone wants to be contentious about this, we have no other practice nor do the churches of God. 1 Cor 11:11

As Christians, why do we want to be contentious? Why not see the beauty in God's design for women, the role He created for them. Maybe then, we would have the better world we long for.

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