“Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the savior of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so the wives to their own husbands in every thing.” Eph 5:22-24
The above scripture is taken from the book of Ephesians. If we continue reading through chapter 5 we find in verse 33 that the wife is to reverence (personally honor) her husband. Chapter 6, the final chapter of this epistle, speaks of children honoring both father and mother.
Our God is a God of order and balance. The order or place of each person making up the family unit is clearly defined. It is sometimes referred to as “God’s chain of command.” Let us look at that order.
Order and balance designed by our heavenly Father to keep harmony in his most precious unit, the family. When we look at the world today we do not see this order or balance in most families lives. What happened and when, if we could put a time and placestamp on it?
Many of you reading this were not old enough or even born when this precious family unit began to crumble. I was and can tell you that I have personally witnessed the deterioration, collapse and nearly full destruction of God’s family unit, of ordered design.
The disfunctional family is admittedly everywhere! Years ago no one knew of such a term. Not that some families did not live with disfunction, but it is now commonplace. And no one seems too bothered by it because it is so common. (Our enemy is very pleased with this fact)!
Order and balance is an intended result of any unit wishing to fulfill a purpose or function. Each part of a unit mechanical or otherwise, out of place, will effect the use and purpose of its design.
Woman is out of place. Out of order, God’s order. Keeping Ephesians chapter five in mind let us look at where we began to be displaced. Satan has attacked the family from the beginning but there was a specific time in our current times when he attacked hard.
The “Woman’s liberation movement.”
1960 -1970 is noted as when this movement entered center stage. It came in like a lion dressed in sheeps clothing. The following are copies of articles referencing this movement and its theory of thought.
Definition: The women’s liberation movement was the collective struggle for equality, most active during the late 1960s and 1970s, that sought to free women from oppression and male supremacy.
Women’s liberation movement is also sometimes seen as synonymous with radical feminism as both were concerned with freeing members of society from oppressive social structure. Both have sometimes been characterized as a threat to men, particularly when the movements use rhetoric about “struggle” and “revolution.” However, feminist theorists overall are actually concerned with how society can eliminate unfair sex roles.
In 1960, the world of American women was limited in almost every respect, from family life to the workplace. A woman was expected to follow one path: to marry in her early 20s, start a family quickly, and devote her life to homemaking. As one woman at the time put it, “The female doesn’t really expect a lot from life. She’s here as someone’s keeper — her husband’s or her children’s.” As such, wives bore the full load of housekeeping and child care, spending an average of 55 hours a week on domestic chores. They were legally subject to their husbands via “head and master laws,” and they had no legal right to any of their husbands’ earnings or property, aside from a limited right to “proper support”; husbands, however, would control their wives’ property and earnings. If the marriage deteriorated, divorce was difficult to obtain, as “no-fault” divorce was not an option, forcing women to prove wrongdoing on the part of their husbands in order to get divorced.
The 38 percent of American women who worked in 1960 were largely limited to jobs as teacher, nurse, or secretary. Women were generally unwelcome in professional programs; as one medical school dean declared, “Hell yes, we have a quota…We do keep women out, when we can. We don’t want them here — and they don’t want them elsewhere, either, whether or not they’ll admit it.” As a result, in 1960, women accounted for six percent of American doctors, three percent of lawyers, and less than one percent of engineers. Working women were routinely paid lower salaries than men and denied opportunities to advance, as employers assumed they would soon become pregnant and quit their jobs, and that, unlike men, they did not have families to support.
In 1962, Betty Friedan’s book The Feminine Mystique captured the frustration and even the despair of a generation of college-educated housewives who felt trapped and unfulfilled. As one said, “I’m desperate. I begin to feel I have no personality. I’m a server of food and a putter-on of pants and a bedmaker, somebody who can be called on when you want something. But who am I?” Friedan stunned the nation by contradicting the accepted wisdom that housewives were content to serve their families and by calling on women to seek fulfillment in work outside the home.
In closing today I would ask us to look for the contrasts in this movements design and our heavenly Father’s original design for woman.
I usually leave by posting a pretty picture but today I will not! This is not a pretty picture! What we have here is a mess!
Ms Linda Darlene