Is Homemaking a Blessing or form of Slavery?

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Feminism achieved what it set out to achieve: the role of the homemaker has been devalued. Due to endless indoctrination, we’ve been taught that the roll of homemaker is only for those too stupid to do anything else.

When I was old enough to even think about it, I started daydreaming about being a homemaker and planning my home. I planned how I wanted it to look like and just how I’d take care of it. I was sure that every young lady thought this way, because of my up bringing and the people I was aquanted with, but I quickly found out what an outcast this kind of thinking makes you. I found that many believe that the role of homemaker is so 1950’s. And anyone who thinks that the Bible teaches otherwise are old-fashioned or just plain delusional.

So, where does homemaking fit in these days? And what’s its purpose?

I have believed for many years that homemaking is the art of turning an empty old house into a warm home. A place where you can come to and feel safe. The kind of place you miss when you’re gone too long and the kind of place where all your memories rest. Creating a place like this isn’t such an easy task but it is an undervalued one.

In today’s modern era our worth is only found in our looks and our careers and everything else comes second.  But is that what God had in mind? Genesis 2:20 says “But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him.”  Not a women fit for him, not a lover fit for him, but a helper fit for him. So how can we be a helper today? Being a helper means that you come alongside someone and give aid to them. In short, you help someone else. So, in this context God is saying that there was no one on Earth fit to help Adam with what he was called to do by God. We’re meant to encourage, nurture, and provide the needs (a clean home, food to eat, comfort, etc.) for our husbands and by doing that we are helping him in his God given task whatever that may be.

Proverbs 31: 21, 22 and 27, She is not afraid of snow for her household, for all her household are clothed in scarlet.22 She makes bed coverings for herself; her clothing is fine linen and purple.  27 She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. 

Meaning she takes care of the needs of her household. She provides for her family, training her children up to be good helpers, and hard work doesn’t make her cringe. She wants to be a blessing to her family and her home is enfused with grace. The woman depicted here is stronger than any feminist.

Is It A Thing For Today?

Now one-way people think that they can simply overlook this as “not a thing for today” is the fact that it was mentioned in the Old Testament and that because of that it cannot apply to today. But they also totally overlook the fact that homemaking is actually mentioned in the New Testament as well. Let’s look at Titus 2, shall we?

Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.

Now this is possibly one of the most earth-shattering verses in the Bible to feminists. Train young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind and, worst of the worst, submissive to their husbands! Shocking.

Let’s dig into this. Working at home. What does that mean? Well, after a little studying I’ve found out that the Greek word for “working at home” means keeper of the house, meaning homemaker! So, that means that older women are commanded to teach younger women to be homemakers.  Not that they’re supposed to teach them to go out into the world and get high paying careers, but that they’re commanded to teach them to be homemakers. Pretty shocking, huh?

So, not only is homemaking in the Bible but homemaking and everything like that it’s actually commanded. Meaning that there’s no wiggle room whatsoever.

Homemakers are not slaves. True slaves don’t get a choice. 

Homemaking is a job and a God-blessed one. It isn’t just about washing floors, dusting knickknacks, and loading the dishwasher time and time again (even though those things do play a part in it). Homemaking, just like everything else in a Christian’s life is about bringing glory to God in every way possible. Just because you’re at home instead of in the “real world” doesn’t make it worthless. In fact, I would say it makes it more worthwhile because while women “out there” are working for their own glory, to advance their goals, or to make their boss look good, a homemaker works for her God and her family. Yes, I know there are times that a woman has to work but that isn’t what’s under consideration here. If a woman needs to work and does so to the glory of God, God will bless that work. If, however, she is working to advance her career, at the expense of her family, forgetting God’s command to her, He doesn’t. This isn’t some kind of legalistic view that I’ve been brought up in. Legalism is the act of making Christianty about rules that we can check off one by one. This is just what the truth looks like.

As homemakers, we can look back on our lives and truly see the marks we left on the world. We raised our children to be men and women for Christ. We made a home out of a house. We have built a strong marriage and have lovely children. We have made a difference in our churches, with women’s Bible studies, giving food to those in need, and living our lives as a blessing to others. We’ve made an even bigger difference than we would have if we had joined the “real world”. Life isn’t about money or promotions. Life is about honoring God and the sooner we figure that out the better.

At the end of the day, I don’t want to look back on the money I made, I want to look back on the life I made.

What are your thoughts?

God bless,

Tatiana

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