Men For Godly Women

Chris Jones by Chris Jones

As a culture we so miss the mark, when it comes to living a godly lifestyle. None-the-less, our desires are for God-sized blessings. Perhaps chief among them, for a Christian man, is “a Proverbs 31 woman”. If you haven’t read it recently, take some time to refamiliarize yourself.

It’s quite the mirror to hold before oneself, especially in a culture that so diligently glorifies and objectifies contrasting character. It’s a battle between competing ideologies. For many Christian women, the struggle is all too real.

Men, whether we realize it or not, we cast our vote in this contest, with the decisions we make. What entertainment are we consuming? What products are we purchasing, based on what advertisements? Who gets our attention? How are we treating the woman in our lives? Do we promote an environment where everyone is equally valued?

Take time, today, to stop and notice the role you play. Are you contributing to a culture that compels our daughters to chase fiction, or one that inspires them to become who they’re called to be?

God, help us recognize our need to be part of the solution. Help us find practical and effective answers to the question of how we can change the tide. Allow us to see past all the facades, to the wounded hearts inside. Help us take responsibility to change the game for generations of women to come.

 

Advertisements

Posted on May 13, 2015, in Chris Jones, Christianity and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I find the contrasting images I’ve encountered of “the ideal Christian woman” rather interesting.

    Some folks who speak of the “ideal Christian woman” seem to have in mind someone who is strong and confident, a powerhouse in her own right and a partner in marriage.

    Others seem to have the idea that there are lots of “masculine” things that an ideal Christian woman should not do – sometimes things as benign as playing certain sports.

    Looking at the scriptures, I can see how both conclusions are reached. The proverb above portrays the woman as someone with a definite voice of her own, and someone who engages in business. Yet some of the New Testament teachings attributed to Paul (falsely attributed to him, some Biblical scholars would say), paint the picture of a silent and submissive woman who essentially relies on her husband for judgement and whose voice should not be heard in public.

    What are your feelings on those two interpretations?

    Like

    • Thanks for taking the time to comment. I hope to give a more thoughtful reply, when I have adequate time.

      My initial reaction is one of having a hard time believing that an ideal woman, by default, is to be silent or live in the shadows of a man. I think about women like Deborah, Abigail and Jael. None of them would have been fit for their tasks, if they had been a “shrinking violet”.

      It’s interesting, in the context of Proverbs 31, that many people believe “the Proverbs 31 woman” is a composit of Soloman’s many wives (their best qualities, rolled into one). One can reasonably assume that Soloman was a benevolent King, and husband. None-the-less, they lived in submission to him. I believe it provides a healthy image of what submission looks like, in operation. It seems to suggest that this structure within a home, should make way for productivity/accomplishment, not stifle it.

      Like

  2. Thanks for the reminder! Man, with a pre-teen daughter I am constantly thinking about what she is watching or listening to. My struggle is that I only have half time with her because of my job and custody agreement. I’m grateful though that she also has a step mom that espouses Godly values.

    Like

    • Thanks for taking the time to read and comment, Billy. I’m sure you’re making the greatest possible impact in the time you have with her. I believe the honest, pure affection of a father can be the most power influence in a young girl’s life. Be encouraged.

      Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: