Sunday, May 12, 2013

a role worth honoring

To quote a Frenchman on this Mother's Day,

"Thus the Americans do not think that man and woman have either the duty or the right to perform the same office, but they show an equal regard for both their respective parts; and though their lot is different, they consider both of them as beings of equal value."

Alexis de Tocqeville, a nineteenth century French historian,  wrote a book entitled, Democracy in America. I was saddened to read some of his excerpts regarding the America of his time period in light of how much culture has changed America concerning the roles of men and women with these roles remaining intact. In fact, it almost seems like a speeding train on a timeline, without having to look very far back.

If you are interested in reading an excellent article on motherhood and how its role has been degraded by those who do not know or consider truth, you may check this link. This article may grip your heart at times, but thankfully there is much there that also sheds hope, a glimmering, for the future. It is important how we convey this to the next generation, being created women by God and understanding how tremendous those God- given roles are in shaping a society, only for its good I might add. Tocqeville realized what America had in the 1800s as a treasure. It just seems we might have been treasure- hunting in the pig styes of humanistic thought.

I believe in the power of prayer, and the huge responsibility that godly families and the church hold in establishing a culture that understands and values the roles ordained by God.  Therefore, on this day set apart to honor the role of motherhood, because it does not need to be seen as a "Hallmark" declared day,  may we hunger for His truth and heed the words of Titus 2, "But speak those things which become sound doctrine...teachers of good things."

Happy Mothers Day!
Enjoy the honor given to mothers.

1 comment:

Karen Andreola said...

Yes, motherhood is indeed worth honoring. We had a copy of the book by Alex de Tocqueville in our house during our home school years. I read through some of it but it never made it in our history studies and although I found what I read interesting I had never read far enough to find what Mr. Phillips found about the women of early America. The article you link to on "Doug's Blog" is a sad and scary (communism scares me) but it is also encouraging to know that there are Christian moms who place value in motherhood and homemaking.
I'll end this already long comment with this. My daughter was part of a string orchestra - selected by audition. The young people came from various parts of Maine for a special performance project. They sat around in a large circle and introduced themselves, one by one sharing their life goals and the career goals as they were directed to do. Yolanda said, "Mother and homemaker." She was the only teen to say such a thing. But a girl came up to her afterwards, commended my daughter's boldness, and admitted that she secretly wished the same. Thanks for your post.
Karen A.

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