Sunday, August 3, 2008

Womanhood: the Titus teaching

I have not posted much on this blog about what I believe regarding motherhood and womanhood - for many reasons, mainly because that is not the purpose for this blog.

But I simply cannot pass this article up - it is an excellent call to re-think how we young women are being taught motherhood. I have long believed that our disregard of the Titus model has caused Christ's Church much pain...we young women *crave* the instruction that God designed older women to be able to give. Indeed, we desperately need it! What 25 year old comes "naturally" equipped to know the ins-and-outs of motherhood LOL?! None of us! That's for sure.

It's a great read if you can carve out 10 minutes:
Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips, nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be dishonored. [Titus 2:3-5]

According to this plan, who was to teach the womanly arts? Who was to teach the young women how to love and be subject to their husbands, how to love their children, how to be sensible, how to be pure, how to be a worker at home, how to be kind within the home and to extend kindness from the home? It was the older women. The womanly arts were to be transmitted from the older women to the younger women.

Please note that no male was assigned this task. It does not appear in the overseers' (pastors') job description. It does not appear in the older men's job description. It does not appear in the young men's job description. It does not appear in the bondslaves' job description.

The pattern for the church specified to Titus was that the womanly arts should be transmitted from godly older women to the younger women in the church--male involvement in this process is conspicuously absent from this plan.

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