Generation Cedar

I recently had a conversation with a young woman expecting her first child. The topic of work came up (she has held an outside job for about 9 years), and I asked her would she be assisting her husband in his self-employment so she could stay home and raise her baby. Her response was cavalier, and summed up, what I believe is the problem with our entire society. She answered, “I don’t know yet, I’ll have to see how I feel when the baby is born.” She went on to say she had a baby sitter lined up to care for the baby.

This “feeling epidemic” has poisoned our entire culture, including the church. It goes right along with a refusal to embrace a standard of right and wrong. “What’s good for me, may not be good for you” penetrates every line of thinking.

In my opinion, a woman is given a child to raise, if that is at all possible. I don’t believe it is one of those gray areas. I believe it is wrong to leave children behind in the care of someone else, if there is any way possible, including reducing living expenses, etc., for the natural mother to care for him.

And why am I so bold to make a statement like that in a society that disagrees with me? Because of my command to “teach the younger women to love their husbands and children and to be keepers at home so that the Word of God is not blasphemed.” It does not say to teach the women who feel the same as I do. It does not say teach only those who won’t be offended. It says if I don’t teach women the principles of Scripture, I will be blaspheming the Word of God.

And as I ponder that, I conclude that the kind of love we think about is a feeling; one can’t teach a feeling. So there must be something more that I’m instructed to teach. If a feeling is the essence of what Paul was referring to in Titus, then we older women would not have a job, and the young woman I spoke to was perfectly open to love her family however her feelings directed her to.

Feelings, while given to us for a reason, must not dictate the way we interpret right and wrong. Our very nature tells us that a child is given to his mother’s care. (Before the bottle, the baby would not have survived apart from its mother.) Let’s be bold enough to lay our feelings aside and do what is right.

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  1. This is like a discussion I had with my Mom yesterday. We were talking about a woman that after years and years or infertility she was blessed with a child. I commented on how shocked I was that the mom went right back to work after the baby was born (she is now a pre-schooler). My mom replied, “Well she really likes her job.” I sat there wanting to say ALOT…but didn’t, because she’s heard it all before. :o( ~~~So does this mean that she likes her job more than her child?

  2. W.W., are you going to respond to Jennifer, who made a comment a few days ago on the “neutral issue” post?

  3. PRAISE THE LORD!!! Thank you for writing what you did and taking a Godly stand! We need more women like us to teach the younger women to go against the world and stand for the RIGHT!!! I am a mother of 8, and am begging God for more!

    The thing with staying home with your children you do not get the pats on the back like in the work force. Sometimes it takes years to see the fruit of your faithfulness to the Lord. But the Lord will bless and oh the joys of obedience! God is good and His ways are perfect!! May God bless you and your family!

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