In Titus 2:3-5, Paul writes: ” 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, submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.”   

This passage is obviously counter-cultural; especially the instruction for young women.  Often, women who seek to live this out are not only discouraged, but generally disdained. In her book Feminine Appeal, Carolyn Mahaney aptly cites this quote by Dorothy Patterson which pinpoints our cultures mind-set: “Much of the world would agree that being a housekeeper is acceptable as long as you are not caring for your own home; treating men with attentive devotion would also be right as long as the man is the boss in the office and not your husband; caring for children would even be deemed heroic service for which presidential awards could be given as long as the children are someone else’s and not your own.”  (p. 102)

 In my bi-weekly posts on biblical womanhood; I hope to go through each of the points in this Titus 2 passage I quoted and offer encouragement to women who are striving to swim against the cultural tides.    

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