Writer Wednesday: Listening in the Shade The Woman’s Role, Part One

In a recent interview, Kirk Cameron stated:

Wives are to honor and respect and follow their husband’s lead, not to tell their husband how he ought to be a better husband,” Cameron explained. “When each person gets their part right, regardless of how their spouse is treating them, there is hope for real change in their marriage.Christian Post

Not long ago, a viewer criticized HGTV‘s popular new star, Joanna Gaines, for not spending enough time with her children. And then there’s the Biblical Patriarch movement of which the Duggar family is the most visible. The woman’s role in the Patriarch movement is limited. It has been alleged that the Duggars believe their adult daughters must obey their father and marry only by the consent of their parents, through courtships.

On the one hand, I agree women need to be respectful to their fathers and, once married, available to their children and helpers to their husbands. On the other hand, what of the Christian women who want to make their own decisions? What of Christian wives who work outside of the home? What of women like Joanna Gaines? What is the proper role of a woman?

Many Christians long for what they perceive as the good ole days—the 1950s and 60s epitomized by Andy’s life in Mayberry. Aunt Bee cared for Opie, kept house, cooked delicious Southern-style foods, and reminded Andy he needed a haircut. Most people, men and women, would like to have an Aunt Bee.

However, life has never been quite that simple, even in the South of the 50s and 60s.

Simplicity is something many long for, simpler times with more traditionally defined roles for women and men. However what we long for, what we might want, is not important. What God’s wants is what’s important. And it so happens that God’s word says a lot about proper roles of women, some of it sounding contradictory and confusing. But that cannot be for 1 Corinthians 14:33 states: “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.” So, if we’re confused, it’s due to some reason—such as twisting the scriptures (to our own destruction~2 Peter 3:16) or our lack of diligence in study. With an open mind and due diligence, we’ll study one passage of scripture today.

Let’s take a moment to listen in the shade. Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” ~Luke 10:38-42

I’d like to focus on one particular verse: “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” Martha was troubled about many things—mainly preparing and serving the food. Yet only one thing was necessary according to Jesusto be a disciple, to sit at his feet, and to learn from him.

What of the verses in the Bible that appear to contradict what Jesus has said? I hope you’ll subscribe to my newsletter by entering the Rafflecopter Giveaway. Join me next week for A Woman’s Role, Part 2! In the meantime, lounge in the shade and learn.

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