Women as Wives, Mothers, Sisters, and Widows

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"If a woman decides to become a teacher, she is told she has the most important job in the world. She is told she is training up the next generation. That she is raising up scientists, doctors and artists. That her work is noble, sacrificial and priceless."

"But if another woman decides to be a stay at home mom, and gives her next 20 years to the teaching and training of her own children, she is told she is limiting her potential."

So said an Instagram mama named Jada Dannielle in a post my own wife Lauren sent me this week. And this pairs nicely with a Canon+ documentary we recently watched together. The documentary, titled 'Eve In Exile,' follows not only the present life of Rebecca Merkle - wife, mother, daughter, sister - but also unpacks the history of feminism and the way it has lied to generations of American men and women in particular about where our purpose and potential will find its uttermost fulfillment.

Most of us really have no idea where our thinking and attitude about womanhood comes from. Why just last night I saw a screenshot from a friend on Facebook of a tweet of a Reddit post in which a modern female shared the following in light of the recent overturning of Roe v. Wade:

"Me and some of my girlfriends did a retreat this weekend to help us cope with the monumental setback in fundamental rights. By the end of it, we had moved from sad and afraid to ANGRY. We all agreed to a pact: no having sex with any man, until he had proven himself a capable provider, and until that man has signed a contract, written on paper, agreeing to stay with us and support us if we get pregnant. We started drafting an actual contract, and we're planning on sending it to a lawyer to make sure its legit. At this point, I am completely done with men who want to hook up and leave; its time for American men to STEP UP."

I will leave some room for this to have been an epic trolling, and I half hope that's what it is. Then again, I almost hope it's not too. Maybe it represents an inadvertent rediscovery of the value of marriage in our day.

But this brings us to 1 Timothy 5:1-16, a passage of Scripture that's been on my mind the past few days. Speaking of men needing to step up and do their job, the Apostle Paul writes here, to his younger disciple who is overseeing the doctrine and practice of the church, instructions for which widows should be helped materially by the church, as well as which should not, as well as reasons for both determinations made along certain criteria.

One of the things Paul tells Timothy here is the following gem:

"But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever." (v. 8)

Paul also says more here about how no widow under 60-years of age should be enrolled. And even with those over 60, their character is an additional qualification. Also too, their children and grandchildren need to be the first to help, especially before the church does.

And then Paul goes on to talk about the younger widows, and how the church shouldn't be burdened with taking care of them. Instead, they should "marry, bear children, manage their households, and give the adversary no occasion for slander."

If that don't beat all in highlighting the contrasts between our attitudes and what God's Word prescribes, I don't know what will. But this too is the answer to the question Matt Walsh recently traveled the world asking. "What is a woman?"

What say we ask God? He'd know. And more to the point, what is a man or woman supposed to be about? Answer that, and you will get a lot closer to understanding what a man or woman is. I dare say we would all enjoy true liberation thereby, and of a kind that is far more fulfilling and happy and healthy in the long run.

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