Recently, Jack over at Sigma Frame has run a series of pieces on female agency. His latest is a 22 point bulletin list of things men should do to reclaim proper headship in the home/society/church for the purpose of properly directing women. I have, however, noticed one thing missing, and I am going to address that here.
3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;
4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,
5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
Titus 2, KJV
The apostle, writing through Divine inspiration, tasks the older women with teaching the younger women.
They are to teach them to be “sober” (SOPHRON) “denotes of sound mind; hence self-controlled, soberminded…. discrete.” (Vines NT Dictionary).
So right off the bat, older women are to be teaching younger women to be discrete and self-controlled; in other words the opposite of what the boomers taught to their children.
To love their husbands is NOT agape here, it is philandros, and to love their children is philoteknos. Both of these terms denote “tender affection” towards the object of the expressed love; hence Paul is teaching that young women must be taught how to even have warm affection towards their husbands and children, and that the older women are responsible to teach this to them. I suppose in our culture of death, with so many advocating abortion on demand up to five years of age, it should not be surprising that affection for one’s own children does not come naturally to many young women. Indeed, in Romans Paul warned of those “without natural affection.”
Verse 5 repeats Sophron/discrete. Apparently this was something difficult to teach young women since Paul lists it twice in one sentence. If young women are to be discrete, one may suppose it would be best to separate them from social media; a less discrete forum for a lack of sober mindedness would be difficult to imagine.
Chaste, (HAGNOS), is to be “(a) pure from every fault, immaculate.” How many churches today stress the importance of young women maintaining their chastity, that is that young women are expected to be virgins (and not just “technical” virgins) going into marriage? The primary responsibility for this teaching lies with the older women, and their failure is evident.
Good (AGATHOS), “good in its character or constitution, beneficial.” Young women must be taught to be beneficial towards others, and especially their own husbands and children. Older women have the God given responsibility to teach this.
Obedient to their own husbands…. Is there a church anywhere today where the older women teach this to the younger? Do the women of the baby boomer generation, who are now the older women, teach this to the younger generations? To ask the question invites derision.
That the word of God be not blasphemed…. The conduct of so many “Christian” women is an open disgrace to the name of Christ. The faithful are scandalized; outsiders see a clown show of which they want no part.
Where does the fault lie? It lies directly with the older women who have shirked their duty and failed their children and grandchildren.
We often hear of the need to call women into line. Well heads up, that’s going to have to start with grandma, and if she’s a boomer she’s probably breaking every commandment Paul lists here. So go ahead, call them out. Grandma, we need to have a talk this Christmas, and you need to get right with God.
They don’t ask me either… https://theothermccain.com/2022/12/21/people-never-ask-me-for-advice/
On a woman’s attitude… https://spawnyspace.wordpress.com/2022/12/20/you-light-up-my-life/
Let him who stole steal no more…. https://sylg1.wordpress.com/2022/12/21/thieving-is-universal/
More on women and agency… https://deepstrength.wordpress.com/2022/12/20/the-general-process-of-sanctification-with-moral-discernment-moral-agency-and-mature-theosis/
It’s getting worse… https://gunnerq2.com/christs-2022-christmas-gift-to-the-associated-press-a-freakin-clue/
Broken eggs, no omelet… https://winteryknight.com/2022/12/21/whats-in-the-democrats-1-7-trillion-dollar-omnibus-spending-bill/
True, but what if it’s a thousand instead?…. https://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/2022/12/quote-du-jour_086719135.html