I’ve been spending too much time at Christian Forums again. It does help me start to formulate and crystallize my thoughts. One I had today was how people approach their profession, I think most guys have been raised to be “providers” and that their job is a way to meet the needs of their dependents. The result of this upbringing is you have men that have been trained and disciplined in the ideal of self-sacrifice as entry into manhood and creating a valid foundation for an important societal building block, the family. Without that sacrifice the family is wrecked, no husband submitting himself to God and seeking God’s provision, no wife being thankful for God’s provision though her husband and no appreciation of her husbands sacrifice on her behalf. Having ejected this ideal there is not much left to build a marriage upon.
A man used to press himself to the service of society to EARN a family. The purpose of his labor was to support his family and his nation. It was sacrificial while also being rightfully thankful to God for His provision. (Of course this is the ideal, many men are greedy and self-seeking).
In contrast, why does a modern woman want to work outside of the home? Self-fulfillment? I’ve seen lots of that. How about freedom? Such as “I don’t want to depend on my husband financially, I don’t trust God to provide for me and I want to have the means to make my own decisions.” So the purpose of her work is entirely different than the purpose of man’s work. Her purpose generally starts off being selfish, this is the goal, not the failure to meet that ideal.
If I refuse to be dependent on God I’m a rebel, if He provides me a job and I refuse it I’m forgoing His provision for me. How is it different when a woman spurns God’s source of her provision through her husbands job? Is she less a rebel? Is her cry for independence suddenly to be lauded by virtue of her plumbing? The feminist says so.
It shouldn’t cause us to wonder when the glue of man’s sacrificial labor for the family and society is eroded by the solvent of women’s selfish labor, nor should it cause astonishment when both the family and society crumble as a result.