Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Strong women?

Please note that I wouldn't watch The View with a gun to my head, but I heard this quote on the Mark Levin show. It comes right out of the gate, so I will spare you the pain of listening to the remaining minute of cackling and clucking.

Ms. Obama makes this statement regarding Hillary Clinton: "People aren't used to strong women" and gets nods and affirming murmurs from the enraptured hosts of The View.

What makes Hillary Clinton a "strong woman"? Her marriage of convenience to Bill as a vehicle to fulfill her own ambition? Her strident and shrill speeches? Her desire for adoration and personal power? What makes her so strong?

And strong compared to what? Is a mom who raises her kids quietly without seeking personal glory a weak woman? She must be because she is the opposite of Hillary and if Hillary is a "strong woman", then they must be weak. There are millions of strong women in this country who are nothing like Hillary, women who raise their kids, who work a crappy job because they need to feed their kids, who clean up the same mess over and over. It is not glorious. No one will write adoringly in the New York Times about them. But they are the ones who make this country strong, not power mad women like Hillary.

This is where we must turn to the Word of God and reality to see that truly strong women are those who sacrifice, those who care for children and home, those who put others ahead of themselves. Michelle Obama thinks Hillary is a strong woman? Try having Hillary come over here and take care of my eight kids, homeschool them, parent them, discipline them, love them and play with them all day. She wouldn't make it five minutes. She isn't a strong woman because she wears an expensive suit and has sycophants fawning over her. My wife is a strong woman because she is a godly woman. No one is going to have her guest host the view, but that is OK because her glory is in her family and above all in Christ, instead of in herself.

An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life. She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands. She is like the ships of the merchant; she brings her food from afar. She rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household and portions for her maidens. She considers a field and buys it; with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard. She dresses herself with strength and makes her arms strong. She perceives that her merchandise is profitable. Her lamp does not go out at night. She puts her hands to the distaff, and her hands hold the spindle. She opens her hand to the poor and reaches out her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of snow for her household, for all her household are clothed in scarlet. She makes bed coverings for herself; her clothing is fine linen and purple. Her husband is known in the gates when he sits among the elders of the land. She makes linen garments and sells them; she delivers sashes to the merchant. Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: "Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all." Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates.
(Proverbs 31: 10-31 ESV)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Isaiah 3:12 As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths.

1 Timothy 2:12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.
1 Timothy 2:13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve.
1 Timothy 2:14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.

Sign of the times, they're rebels.