Firstly, let’s start with a couple of excerpts from Part 1:
“You should be rejoicing in your role as a woman, that God made total provision for you. But, many women have bought the lie, allowed satan to make them feel slighted and are forever competing with men for “equality” in the world and have now brought that mindset into the Kingdom of God and it won’t fit. I will expound more about this in the next post.’
“I will post part two next week of specifically how the enemy has deceived women to compete with men instead of functioning in the role God gave them.”
Let us start in the garden. Genesis Chapter 3
3 Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the LordGod had made.
He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You[a] shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” 2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, 3 but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” 4 But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise,[b] she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her,and he ate. 7 Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.
There you have it. Sin was introduced by Satan by making the woman feel discontentment; by making her feel that she was missing something and something was being kept from her. Now ask yourself what is the whole premise of the feminist movement? Well let us quote Betty Friedan who was the spearhead of the feminist movement kindled in the 1960’s,
“We can no longer ignore that voice within women that says: ‘I want something more than my husband and my children and my home.” -Betty Friedan, The Feminine Mystique
Does this “voice” sound familiar? One of the craftiest ways Satan works is by selling us lies that appeal to our ego, selfishness and/or pride. He planted the lie in Eve’s mind that she was missing out on something. That God was keeping knowledge from her. The ironic thing is, OF COURSE HE WAS! He’s GOD!! There is no way we will know ALL that God knows. The serpent also told Eve, “you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” She already knew good, so what satan was really saying is, “Eve I want you to know evil.” Satan could not stand to be left out of the fellowship between God and Man. Satan knew that her disobedience would allow him in. Do you see how deceptive the enemy is? He tricked Eve into wanting to be like God and the feminist movement tricked women into wanting to be like men. I’ll give you one guess who is the true author of the feminist movement. You’re correct, Satan himself. It has his name all over it, bringing discontentment to introduce a lie that would eventually bring division and allow him an entry. That is precisely what the feminist movement has done. It brought division to man and woman, husband and wife, then the family. Just like The Fall brought division between The Father and mankind.
The yearning for more, is always the trap the enemy uses to snare us. I want something more than my husband, my children and my home? Aren’t those the most precious parts of life. If you died today my lovely and you left a legacy of being a great woman of faith, a great wife, and an awesome mother; that should be enough. If we understood our plight here on this earth, that would be enough. If we understood that our whole purpose for being is to bring glory to our Father; to be a holy nation representative of His glory. Please do not misunderstand this post. I’m not saying that women can’t or shouldn’t work or have dreams and goals. I am saying that to procreate and make little disciples should be far more important than climbing the corporate ladder, according to God. I am saying that our husbands and children should never be neglected for our career. I’m saying that building our own kingdom in this world and neglecting our mandate from The Father as woman, does not bring Him glory. God’s word spells out what we are to be focused on.
“28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” -Genesis 3
They are to teach what is good, 4 and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, 5 to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled. -Titus 2:3-5
We are to be a mirror and strength for our husband and a nurturer for our children. We are to be the second in command of the family unit, holding our husband’s hand, by his side, but recognizing that he is the head of the family and has a responsibility to answer to God for how he lead his family. There has to be a head, anything with two heads is usually a monster and Satan has been somewhat successful in turning the family unit into an unrecognizable monster; when you compare the cultural and biblical model of the family in this present day. We have a vital role, as women, in God’s plan and the most important part of that plan is the family. The family is the most important to God, so when we sacrifice God’s vision for our vision, that is rebellion. Therefore, let us examine ourselves. We need to examine our hearts in light of scripture as women of faith in Jesus Christ, who paid the price that we could be reconciled with our heavenly Father. The ironic thing is now we’ve come full circle. A growing number of women are preferring to stay home while the husband is the sole provider.
According to a new partnered survey cosponsored by ForbesWoman and TheBump.com, a growing number of women see staying home to raise children (while a partner provides financial support) to be the ideal circumstances of motherhood. Forget the corporate climb; these young mothers have another definition of success: setting work aside to stay home with the kids. Read Full Article
HA! Go figure. Of course, duh! If you have brought a precious life into the world and you have a choice to stay home, raise and teach them or be away from them for 8-10 hours a day, which would you choose? I pray to stay home and raise them. Now that women are able to be a contender in the workforce, many are choosing to stay home. I guess all women really wanted is to be acknowledged as a precious and vital part of the family unit and not pushed down and taken for granted, but anytime we go after our rights without the strategy and leading of The Holy Spirit, our best intentions are always perverted.
In 1967 the share of mothers who did not work outside the home stood at 49%; by the turn of the millennium it had dropped to just 23% (see chart 1). Many thought this number would continue to fall as women sought to “have it all”. Instead, the proportion of stay-at-home mothers has been rising steadily for the past 15 years, according to new data crunched by the Pew Research Centre. Read Full Article
The pendulum is swinging back the other way. Women of God, don’t buy the lie. Cherish the beautiful and precious calling of being a woman, wife and mother. Contrary to the popular belief in our culture, if those are the only roles you hold, you are doing the most important work of humanity and the most important work to God. You are being obedient and helping to shape a generation that will bring glory to Abba. Get in your word and learn from scripture what a woman, wife and mother is. Do not allow the culture to define it for you. I wish I knew years ago what I am sharing with you today. God Bless and “Be Better, Be You, In Christ.”
DISCLAIMER: I am in NO WAY suggesting that there was not a need to challenge the status quo of social and economic equality for women in America. I recognize there was a need. Although, we can’t confuse liberation from man’s oppression with eliminating the specific role for women designed by God. I will touch on this in the next post! Hope you enjoyed reading this post.
***Part 3 of this series will be my thoughts on the feminist and women’s liberation movement and how it has affected our culture and the family from a biblical perspective.***