Di got me thinking about the whole feminist /feminine thing again… we have gotten so far removed from what God designed that many of us don't even realize how far away we are and what true submission would do for us ladies. I love Bunny Wilson's book “Liberated Through Submission” it's an older book but a good one. If we are truly submissive in all things– especially the areas where we don't want to be, there is a freedom that is afforded there. I think this is what the feminists think ERA, Women's lib etc. is going to do for them– give them freedom. But it is not Biblical. The scripture says that women receive a double curse when the do both. What freedom is there in that?
One of Di's commenters made the point that this world is so different now that women don't always stay under there father's authority until marriage. She is exactly right. Actually, with out of wedlock pregnancies, and the divorce rate so high, many are out of their father's authority when they are very young–if they were ever under it at all.
I believe this is where part of our societies problems come from (Of course the ultimate problems come from not following the Creator of the universe). But let's think about this….
As young people grow, we give them more freedom. If Mom doesn't go back to work when the baby is born they put them on a school bus at 3, 4, 5 years old then comes school dances, high school prom, part-time job, Friday nigh football games, Sunday school, youth groups, (I've already given thoughts on this) and “Christian” colleges (a future blog).
Boys and girls both need more protection from the world than this, but girls are particularly vulnerable. When our fathers let go of us at an early age, we go looking for “love” in all the wrong places and we do not find it– but we do find more heartache and pain. That heartache and pain leaves scars that we will deal with for the rest of our lives. And our husband and children will have to live with the consequences of our sinful behavior.
Girls need the umbrella of their father's protection until they get married and the responsibility transfers from the father to the husband. If they don't have it, there is an opportunity for all sorts of horrible things to happen to them. Those of us of the female gender need this kind of guidance. We're more heart, men are more head– we need the head to balance out our heart. I wholeheartedly believe that if more men knew about the God-given responsibility they have, the drug and alcohol use, teen pregnancy rate, suicide rate, divorce rate… etc. would decrease. Girls need their Daddy's!
Women do not need the right to vote, the right to divorce, the right to work (what we do at home isn't work you know? ) to have an abortion, etc. We need to be under the authorty of father, husband, or oldest brother (if the first 2 are unavailable). If you don't believe me, go look at the Biblical examples. There are very few situations where single women are without an umbrella of authority and protection.