“Older women, in the same way, in an attitude of reverence, do not slander; do not be enslaved to much wine; but teach what is good in order to train up the younger ones to love their husbands and be loving of children, self-controlled, pure, to carry out their household duties, kind, and submissive to their own husbands in order that the Word of God may not be blasphemed.”
How people in our western culture recoil from words like these — submissive to your husbands, labor faithfully in your household duties, and focus on training up the younger women to love their husbands, not to slander, and to be reverent. How feminism has skewed our thought and driven the minds and attitudes of Americans away from the attitude of God. Does this mean that Christians are to look at women only in the context of homemakers? No, though there is tremendous dignity in homemaking. Further, think of Ruth and the woman of noble character spoken of in Proverbs 31; she has a role that is integral to the well-being of the family, the ability of her husband to exercise leadership in the community, and even in the community itself. When understood Biblically, there is nothing demeaning about the distinction between masculine and feminine roles; they are simply designed by God to guide us in the ordering of our households.
The key phrase, though, is the final one. Why are older women to act with such reverence and to teach the younger women to do the same? It is because to do otherwise would blaspheme God. God is stating that this is the way a family is to be ordered, so any time we try and mix up the structure of the family based on our own aspirations, we are in essence shaking our fists at God. And indeed, this is something which our culture is famous for doing…not only in our homes, but in our churches. How often churches justify women serving as Elders of Pastors based on cultural standards and not based on Biblical standards. Paul minces no words when it comes to such practices; neither ought we.