A statement in The Family: A Proclamation to the world says:
By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners. Disability, death, or other circumstances may necessitate individual adaptation.“
Certain words in this statement stood out to me and so I bolded them:
- By divine design. I don’t know why fathers are to be the head of their households, but I do know that their role is divinely appointed and therefore accept it.
- Love and righteousness. This is the aim and the goal. Goals are worked on until achieved, then they’re no longer goals because that’s how people are.
- Equal partners. It doesn’t say that one is better than the other but says ‘equal’.
- May necessitate individual adaptation. Ideal families include both parents but that’s not always the case, and there are many reasons why. In less than ideal circumstances people do the best they can, but the ideal is always the goal.
What’s important to remember is that fathers and mothers have different roles and natural abilities. Fathers naturally provide and protect and mothers naturally love and nurture. Of course each can do what comes naturally to the other it’s just not innate.
Much emphasis these days is on women doing men’s roles. If it’s not necessary then why do it? Why do some women want to not only do men’s roles but eradicate men all together and make this a woman’s world? I disagree with that notion and believe it’s natural for women to need men and for men to need women. I believe that if situations don’t call for women to be in the workplace then women need to let men care for them like the dear and valuable people they are.
Husbands need to take the lead in their homes and wives need to give them the chance to step up. (Wives letting their husbands chilvarously take the lead in their homes makes them like knights defending their castles, and it doesn’t mean wives are second to their husbands but just that it’s not their role.) I say to all wives, “Let your husbands do what comes naturally to them. Let them provide for your every need and protect you. Think of them as fierce lions guarding what’s precious to them and think of yourselves as the most treasured jewels in their worlds. I say to all women, “It’ll work out in the end. Let go of stress and have peace.”
June 8, 2017