Tuesday, November 20, 2012

This Is Biblical Womanhood?

A woman decided to live biblical womanhood for a year.  She cut her hair and wore a head covering.  She called her husband "Master" and slept in a tent outside when she was on her period.  She did all the housework and baked bread by hand.  She was submissive to her husband in everything.
She said the leaders in her church that she was raised in explained biblical womanhood this way ~  "They raised it for when explaining why women should be forbidden to teach in church, for not having careers. It required that you work from home, raise a family, and stay away from leadership roles."
She felt that her church taught that women were second class citizens.  I am very happy I was never raised in a church like that.  My churches always taught the value of women and how much God loved us.  They taught us the most important thing is to love God and to love others.
Whether or not we have long hair, wear a head covering, teach in church, or have a career are not the main issues.  In fact, none of those are considered a sin in the Bible.  The sleeping in the tent thing during menstrual cycles is an Old Testament law which we are no longer under.
Most of the Bible is to guide us in making wise choices in the way we live our lives.  Every institution has to have a leader and God made the husband the leader of the home.  Family life works best when carried out this way.
When a woman has children at home, the best place for her is at home taking care of her home and family.  Life runs more smoothly this way and her family needs her much more than society needs her.
Everything in the Bible isn't black and white but it gives us great guidelines to follow.  God gave us His Word and His Holy Spirit to convict and guide us.  He cares much more that we are loving and serving our husband, children, and others than whether we have long hair or not, work outside the home, or even teach at church.
 For this is the message that you heard from the beginning,
that we should love one another. 
My little children, let us not love in word,
neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.
I John 3:11,18