In the 1930’s, during World War 2, women were encouraged to leave the home and join the work force. This was largely because the men were fighting the war and women needed to keep the war efforts going. Ever since the 1930’s, women have stayed outside the home and have left their tiny babies in daycare for someone else to nurture. We are seeing the devastating effects of this decision.
We’ve seen a deterioration of family traditions and values. It used to be a big celebration when daddy came home from work in the evening. Momma worked in the kitchen preparing a special, loved, healthy meal for her family. Together they would sit and eat.
Here are some interesting statistics on eating dinner as a family:
- Children not eating dinner with their families are 61% more likely to use alcohol, tobacco, or other illegal drugs;
- Teens who share frequent family dinners are less likely to have sex at young ages, participate in fights, or be suspended from school;
- Teens who eat with their families and at lower risk for thoughts of suicide;
- Children who eat with their families are more likely to eat healthier foods and more balanced meals;
- Family dining improves communication and family connections;
There has been an alarming increase of out-of-wedlock births, abortions, divorces, homosexual partnerships, and mental health conditions. There is a decline in respect for authority figures, belief and commitment to Biblical and moral values, pride in your workmanship and pride in your country. We’ve become a lazy, instant gratifying, self-absorbed culture. We are ungrateful, disobedient, and openly sinful.
We are dying and decaying from the inside out. I believe our Heavenly Father is weeping over the state of the American family. This was not His holy design for us. As Christians, we need to get back to the Biblical formula and foundation of family.
Women, clutch your babies and hold them tight. Teach them the ways of God and watch them grow into a powerful individual for the Lord! Don’t go far away from them because they need you and desperately want you to be involved in every aspect of their lives. They are begging for your attention and guidance and it’s your responsibility to give that to them.
JR Miller says,
“Oh that God would give every mother a vision of the glory and splendor of the work that is given to her when a babe is placed in her bosom to be nursed and trained! Could she have but one glimpse into the future of that life as it reaches on into eternity; could she look into it’s soul to see its possibilities; could she be made to understand her own personal responsibility for the training of this child, for the development of its life, and for it’s destiny- she would see that in all God’s world there is no other work so noble and so worthy of her best powers, and she would commit to no other hands the sacred and holy trust given to her.”
Women, live humbly on one income. Adorn your home and fill it with warm meals and Bible stories and coloring pages. You don’t need all the bells and whistles. Let the sounds of laughter be heard around the world and teach your children to love and respect one another and live a life on their knees in prayer.
Reverend T. Dewitt Talmage says,
“Thank God, O women, for the quietude of your home, and that you are queen in it. Men come at eventide to the home; but all day long you are there, beautifying it, sanctifying it, adorning it, blessing it. Better be there than wear a queen’s coronet. Better be there than carry the purse of a princess. It may be a very humble home. There may be no carpet on the floor. There may be no pictures on the wall. There may be no silks in the wardrobe; but, by your faith in God, and your cheerful demeanor, you may garniture that place with more splendor than the upholsterer’s hand ever kindled."
In 2 Timothy 3, it gives a perfect example of where we are culturally today.
“But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,” (2 Timothy 3:1-4)
But this should not include Christians, it goes on to say, “… Have nothing to do with these people,” (2 Timothy 3:5)
We are a different people, as Christian. We are set apart and held to a much higher standard. We are in the world, but we certainly are not of it. Take back what is yours and fulfill your ministry. Let our families stand as a great witness to the world as they walk in love and gratitude.