Friday, October 27, 2017

3 Lies Our Culture Tells Us About Homemaking

In 1801, Thomas Jefferson began his term as the third president of the United States. Prior to his presidency he authored what is called "The Declaration of Independence." This influential document became the staple of the Jefferson name.

But it wasn't the only influential work Jefferson had ever created. During his lifetime Thomas Jefferson created his own bible. We know it as the Jefferson bible. This well-known president didn't always agree with everything the average Christian bible had to say.

So what Jefferson did was, he took a penknife and cut out portions of the New Testament he didn't agree with. Therefore, he created his very own gospel-- a bible that suited his desires. 

Many of us would agree that cutting away at parts of the bible is ridiculous. And none of us would ever think we could nor would do such a thing. But unfortunately, many of us, without realizing it do it all the time.

When it comes to homemaking, the culture around us has shot out so many lies, that has forced us Christian girls to get the wrong idea. Ultimately, we've viewed God's design to be "keepers of the home" (Titus 2:5)  as a bad thing and cut it right out of our bibles.

If we look past the lies, we can have a full scope understanding of God's design for women and the home.

Here are three lies that our culture tells us about homemaking:

1. Homemaking is useless

Pay really close attention to this one because this is the foundational lie that allows all the other lies to thrive. The idea that homemaking is useless came about during the industrial revolution when the home went from being a place of production to just another area on the consumer market.

This means, the average home used to be a place where goods and services were sold. But once large corporations learned that they can profit off of selling items to homes rather than from homes that is when things changed. 

The dishwasher, washing machines, and all other fancy gadgets began to emerge that made homemaking a lot easier. This made women question whether their jobs at home had any useful value.

But is homemaking only about washing clothes, burping babies, or cooking fancy meals? If we search through scripture we see that God views homemaking from a completely different perspective than our Pinterest boards would have us believe. 

God designed the home to serve an eternal purpose. Throughout scripture we learn that the home is an important influential place for the gospel. It's through a women's hospitality that the home can be a place where people can gather to grow in the gospel truth. 

Homemaking isn't a useless skill. It's a task that God views as highly valuable. No, this doesn't mean that women can never work outside of the home, but we'll talk about that more in lie #3.

2. Homemaking is oppressive

Another argument is that homemaking is oppressive. I remember sitting in my college literature class where we were required to read a book titled "The Yellow Wallpaper" This book was centered around a women who faced depression due to her role of being a wife and homemaker.

This book is a very popular 1800s book that helped lead the revolt against God's design for women and the home. Although, many of it's concerns were valid (i.e how women were treated by men in certain instances and how female depression was wrongly treated as well.) the book gave us clear insight into the cultural lies that were emerging concerning the home.

I hope you were paying attention during lie number one (homemaking is useless) because it's that lie that allows this one to grow. If we as women view homemaking as useless we are bound to see it as oppressive as well.

Doctors or lawyers are two jobs that no women ever thinks to call oppressive. Why? because we believe them to be useful and women delightedly chose to do these jobs. But when it comes to homemaking, when we don't see it through the lens that God sees it, we don't desire to fill the position.

Then when we realize someones got to do it, we feel oppressed. But God doesn't want us to feel that way. He wants us to recognize the eternal effects and joyfully chose to be "keepers of the home."

3. Homemaking is for unambitious women

Again, coat-tailing off of lie number one, homemaking is often considered a job for women who are unambitious. I can't tell you enough how big of a lie this is. God wants his daughters to be ambitious But the difference between dreaming big for the Christian girl versus the worldly girl is who we are looking to glorify through our ambition.

Today's idea towards success is very self-centered. Women want to climb the corporate latter to make themselves look successful. But that is how we as Christians can waste our entire lives. 

1 Corinthians 10:31 tells us to do all things to the glory of God. And yes, that even includes our ambitions. But we wont be able to glorify God unless we have a clear idea of how he wants us to do so. 

This is where homemaking falls into all of this. We as Christian girls have the unique ability to nurture and keep or homes. God calls us be homeward bent. But this doesn't necessarily look the same for every girl and it tends to change through the different seasons of life.

This doesn't mean that us girls must never work apart from home a day in our lives nor does it mean that we are confined to the four walls of our house. I can't give you a one-size-fit-all method to being a "keeper of the home" because there is none. It just means stewarding each season and situation well and to the glory of God according to his desires for us women. Once we as Christian girls take on God's heart towards homemaking, we will be able to make better choices concerning our lives.

In a culture who's grabbed their penknife and clipped homemaking right out of scripture, let's be girls who glue it back. We don't need our own personalized, updated bibles, because the one true bible is timeless. 

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