Here’s an interesting quote from the blog Girl Talk on the career of homemaking~
“Homemaking is a vocation often filled with mundane tasks and repetitive chores, most of which are performed in obscurity. It demands a colossal amount of serving and sacrifice. Sometimes between scrubbing toilets and laundering dirty clothes, we can lose sight of the significance of our calling. We look around and perceive everyone engaged in meaningful work. Everyone, that is, except us. And our vision for working at home begins to flag.
What we need is a biblical perspective. For in God’s economy, homemaking is a high and noble calling. By “working at home” we can present the gospel as attractive to unbelievers (Titus 2:4). Our homes can actually be a showcase for the gospel.”
I homeschool my kids. I prefer to call myself a homeschooling mom rather than a homemaker. If/when my kids go to school outside our home, I will get a job. I’m here to homeschool, not to keep house; my husband and I share housekeeping duties. I don’t view homemaking as my career, but if the Girl Talk ladies do, that’s their prerogative, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
What I take issue with is this statement~
“By ‘working at home’ we can present the gospel as attractive to unbelievers (Titus 2:4).”
When I read this I think, Is that what Paul meant in his letter? Did he really mean that homemaking is what makes the gospel attractive to unbelievers?? Probably not. There’s evidence that because of the culture during this time, it would malign the gospel if newly saved women suddenly stopped working at home and went out in public and did whatever was deemed culturally inappropriate for their gender. If women of the day behaved this way, the new and suspect religion of Christianity would get a bad reputation.
In our culture, it isn’t shocking for women to work outside their homes, to be homemakers, or to work from home. I’m incredibly grateful to have this freedom to choose the kind of life I want. But, if I choose homemaking, I must remember this: homemaking doesn’t make the gospel attractive to unbelievers; love does. Kindness does. Gentleness does. So maybe, instead of attempting to conjure up some June Cleaver duplicate, we should be thinking about what is appropriate behavior for respectable women in our culture right now. What would make the gospel attractive in light of our modern culture? That’s something to think about…
The ladies at Girl Talk have made their choice to be homemakers and I respect their right to do so. What I challenge is the idea that homemaking is the way for Christian women to display the gospel to unbelievers. There must be more freedom for us women than this statement suggests.