I’m not a grandmother or even a mother. I’m a never-been-married woman who came of age at Penn State at a time when radical feminism was gaining national popularity. The academic discrimination against women that I experienced personally and the philosophical skepticism preached by my professors combined to bring me to a crisis of faith that filled my college years with questions, doubts, and despair.
But God is faithful. He did not allow me to be tempted without providing a way of escape. (1 Corinthians 10:13) My escape came by way of C.S.Lewis and the wonderful world of Christian Apologetics. I soon learned that most of my doubting questions had been answered centuries before I was born. I learned just how much God loves me, and I discovered the delight of studying the His Word
If I had followed my natural inclination, I would have gone to seminary. By the early 80s ordination was readily available to women in my denomination, but the text of the Bible that I love closed that door to me. 1 Timothy 2:11-14 and 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 make an unambiguous case against women in positions of leadership in the church.
The role of women in the church continues to be a subject for heated debate, unpleasant disagreement, and sometimes acrimonious division in the Christian community. It’s a subject that I may eventually address in this blog, but it’s not high on my list of priorities. I see the biblical restrictions on women as really quite narrow, and the area for service as practically unlimited. It just doesn’t make sense to me to complain about the few things our Father does not want us to do until after we have done everything He does want us to do.
Paul told Titus to have older women teach the younger women to be keepers of the home. I know some women who find that directive offensive, but I side with those who believe our national epidemic of failed marriages, dysfunctional families, and neurotic children can all be traced back to an arrogant disdain for the homemaker that characterized much of early feminism.
Anyone who believes homemaking is only about childcare and housework hasn’t read Proverbs 31. Ultimately homemaking is about everything that is necessary to care for people in relationships with one another, and that is one colossal assignment! It’s about teaching, counseling, and nursing. It’s about business, finance, and real estate. It’s about charity, missions, and stewardship. It’s about nutrition, medicine, and physical fitness. It’s about theology, philosophy, and psychology. It’s about citizenship, community building, and social service. Just about everything people do has some effect the way we interact with each other, and that means it has an effect on making and keeping our homes.
I created Grammas’ Guide to the Universe as a forum to explore the wide range of ministry open to women (without controversy) through the wonderful privilege and awesome responsibility of making homes where God is glorified. I’m not sure exactly where such an exploration will lead, but I do know where it must begin, and that is on our knees. The “Talking with God” tab on the menu is a collection resources to encourage God’s children to talk to Him together because I am convinced that prayer is the foundation for successful homemaking.