Scripture says we are to be as "salt" and "light." Salt is something that lends seasoning, tang, or piquancy (pleasantly sharp, stimulating, pro-vocative, or biting); salt is a preservative and if salt has lost its savor, what good is it? This article is for married women, which begs the question, why should we write for women anyway?
Listen to First Lady Hillary Clinton in a recent interview with Talk magazine:
"I want independence," she told me emphatically in one of many conversations we had during our travel together through five countries. "I want to be judged on my own merits. Now, for the first time I am making my own decisions. I can feel the difference. It's a great relief."
Talk, Hillary Clinton as quoted by Lucinda Franks, September 1999, page 168
In a land far, f-a-r away, in a time long, l-o-n-g ago, another "first lady" was requested by her husband to appear before the king wearing her royal crown, in order to show her beauty, for she was very beautiful. She refused to come at the king's command and (YIKES) the king was furious. Then the king said to his wise men, who understood the times, "What are we going to do about this?"
The wise men responded:
"... the queen hath not done wrong to the king only but also to all the princes, and to all the people that are in all the provinces of the king Ahasuerus. For this deed of the queen shall come abroad unto all women, so that they shall despise their husbands in their eyes, when it shall be reported. The king Ahasuerus commanded Vashti the queen to be brought in before him, but she came not. Likewise shall the ladies of Persia and Media say this day unto all the king's princes, which have heard of the deed of the queen. Thus shall there arise too much contempt and wrath. If it please the king, let there go a royal commandment from him, and let it be written among the laws of the Persians and the Medes, that it be not altered, That Vashti come no more before king Ahasuerus; and let the king give her royal estate unto another that is better than she. And when the king's decree which he shall make shall be published throughout all his empire, (for it is great,) all the wives shall give to their husbands honor, both to great and small." (Est. 1:16-21)
Why Articles for Women?
Because we need to stand up for the truth about a woman's Biblical and godly duties, else feminists are going to ride rough-shod over this society and we are going to have a hellish society, with nothing to gain but disaster. Godly women in this generation must peacefully and securely set forth our true position in God, and more importantly, live our lives as godly Biblical examples. R. J. Rushdoony says in The Institutes of Biblical Law, "Instead of restoring women to their rightful place of authority beside man, women's rights became feminism: it put women in competition with men. It led to the masculinization of women and feminization of men, to the unhappiness of both" (Vol. I, 351).
A godly Biblical woman in her rightful place can do much more than if she is given ungodly, unbiblical "extended powers."
What is a married woman's powerful position? First of all, she is a helpmate (an incredibly fulfilling and demanding occupation in which she finds challenges, honor, and dynamic influence). Rushdoony says in Institutes Vol. I:
"The function of the woman in this aspect of God's law-order is to be a helpmeet to man in the exercise of his dominion and authority. She provides companionship in his calling (Gen. 2:18), so that there is a community in authority, with the clear preeminence being the man's. Man's sin is to attempt to usurp God's authority, and woman's sin is to attempt to usurp man's authority, and both attempts are a deadly futility. Eve exercised leadership in submitting to the temptation; she led Adam rather than being led; Adam succumbed to the desire to be as God (Gen. 3:5), while acting as less than a man in submitting to Eve's leadership. But the authority of the woman as helpmeet is no less real than that of a prime minister to a king; the prime minister is not a slave because he is not king, nor is the woman a slave because she is not a man. The description of a virtuous woman, or a godly wife, in Proverbs 31:10-31 is not of a helpless slave nor of a pretty parasite, but rather of a very competent wife, manager, businesswoman, and mother, a person of real authority." (164)
Regarding motherhood, Andrew Sandlin said recently, "We need to start [cultural transformation] in the family by training godly children and by having godly families. But not just godly families in abstraction, but godly children designed to be cultural warriors. We need to train children up as warriors in the Faith. What Christians must do to produce cultural change is to train up an entire generation of young people who are culturally literate and culturally dominant, cultural dominionists. That is going to have to occur in the family." (July, 1999, Chalcedon Report, 29-30)
Hillary Clinton's comments reminded me of our critical need in this generation to obey God's law-word and press into His perspective of the proper relationship He has designed for us as His creations (as women, wives, and mothers). Hillary Clinton seems to be saying, "I want independence, I want to be my own boss."
But, as wives we were not derived from Adam by God to be the boss. He has given us very unique "Designer Genes" and called us who are married to be godly Biblical helpmates (and if blessed with children, godly Biblical mothers).
To be a godly wife and mother is a huge and awesome responsibility with generation-transforming and culture-changing significance.
Why articles for women?
- I am married to an outstanding man of God, I am very committed to continually growing in my understanding (orthodoxy) and application (orthopraxy) of what it means to be his helpmate.
- I have the honor and responsibility of being a mother to a "cultural-warrior-in-training."
- God commands us to be as "salt and light" in our generation. As "first ladies" with God-given incredible and awesome influence in our families, let us remember to give to our husbands honor, both to great and small.
If you wish to submit articles addressing subjects relevant to godly, Biblical womanhood in our generation, please contact Susan Burns at [email protected].