Saturday, June 27, 2009
True Feminine Happiness
A.W. Pink once noted, "None of us break the laws of God. Rather we break ourselves upon them." When God through Paul exhorts women to be into their husbands, into their children and into their homes (Titus 2:4) He has their true happiness in mind. The Feminist revolution promised happiness to the women who would forsake God's ways. But statistics are increasingly indicating that it was a vain promise all along, as noted in the following blurb from the June 26 edition of "The Week."
"By virtually every measure, American women are better off today than they were 30 years ago, said Ross Douthat in The New York Times. They are “wealthier, healthier, and better educated,” they can leave abusive husbands and sue sexist bosses, and they enjoy “unprecedented control over their own fertility.” And yet, a new study by University of Pennsylvania economists Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers found that over the past few decades, women’s self-reported happiness has actually decreased, “both absolutely and relative to men.” Is the culprit the decline of the two-parent family and traditional sexual mores? Or is it the famous “second shift,” in which women still do most of the housework even as they work outside the home? Whatever the explanation, the reality is that the feminist revolution has “delivered women to greater unhappiness.”"
And let's be honest, "If momma ain't happy, ain't nobody happy." The woman, as the hub of the family wheel, cannot but affect all of the family. Like the "root of bitterness" of which the author of Hebrews speaks (12:15), a woman's unhappiness "defiles many." May God restore his people to the true happiness of His ways.