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How can women achieve true freedom? A train is free to accomplish its purpose when it follows the tracks; but how can it accomplish its purpose when it jumps off the tracks? In the same way, a woman finds real fulfillment only by following the guidelines revealed by her Maker in the Bible.
The Feminist or "Women's Lib" movement says a woman should seek independence from her husband and children. But is this real freedom? Woman was created to be a helper to man (Genesis 2:18-24). And Psalm 113:9 says God "maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children." Women should find real joy in caring for a family.
Again Women's Lib says mothers should find fulfillment by sending the kids to a daycare center to pursue a fulltime career. Certain emergencies could make this necessary, but is it really fulfilling? Many Bible passages teach that man should be the family bread-winner (Genesis 3:17-19; 1 Timothy 5:8). But what about wives and mothers? Titus 2:4,5 says young women should be taught "to love their husbands, to love their children, to be ... keepers at home ..." (compare 1 Timothy 5:14). What career could possibly be more valuable and meaningful than that of loving children and molding their lives in God's service?
Finally, feminism says wives and husbands should have equal authority in all decisions. But God says wives should be in subjection to their own husbands - 1 Peter 3:1. Before you consider that to be oppressive, please remember that God also commanded husbands to love their wives, even as Christ loved the church - Ephesians 5:25. Is the authority of Christ oppressive?
No woman could have a more honored position than to be the queen of a home in which her husband truly loves her, and "her children arise up and call her blessed" - Proverbs 31:28. Ladies, is your train still on the track?
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