The secret weapon of the church

Even though it was a decade ago, I’ve always remembered these remarks by Jennie Chancey:

If a woman is called to singlehood (no desire to marry and bear children), she does not have a lesser role in the church or the community. Indeed, she has a vital role. Single women truly should be the “secret weapon” of the church.

While this next reference was for something from 100 years ago—and while it likely involved married as well as single women—it made me think of the secret weapon reference straight away:

These women were motivated by religious conviction. They wrote to editors of newspapers on the issue [a referendum to allow religious instruction and Bible reading in government schools]. Underlining the religious belief that motivated many supporters of the Bible in State Schools League, ‘H. S. W.’ drew on passages from the Bible to urge women to action in 1906.

Women of Queensland, we are fighting for God’s cause. Come to the front, delay is dangerous. Be not among those women who are at ease in Zion (Isaiah xxxii. 11)’ she urged…

[T]he Vice-president of the Women’s League, A. Maria Cole, also drew on the Bible in her letter arguing for the passing of the Referendum. She concluded by a rallying cry. ‘[V]ote “Yes” for the sake of the children of the country we love, and the Master whom we serve,’ she urged readers of The Brisbane Courier [newspaper].

The Women’s League made their views known in a flyer in which they stated emphatically that the Bible was the source of morality. ‘No other teaching than the Bible can make our children grow up pure, loving, truthful and honest’, they stated….

The Brisbane Courier noted that ‘a feature of the referendum on the question of Bible reading in State schools was the large number of devoted ladies who volunteered to assist at the various booths.’

Quote sources

  1. Chancey, J. (2004). “Are Single Women Not Needed at LAF?”. Ladies Against Feminism. Available http://www.ladiesagainstfeminism.com/artman/publish/Comments_and_Letters_23/Are_Single_Women_Not_Needed_at_LAF_12521001252.shtml. Last accessed 25th Apr 2016.
  2. Perkins, Y, (2010). Queensland’s Bible in State Schools Referendum 1910: A Case Study of Democracy. [BA thesis, University of Sydney], pp. 23-24, 51
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The home is for blessed (and bustling) growth

When it comes to the controversy over college grads wanting to stay home and have babies, I have had to laugh at some of the assertions made by the other side (that these women are not really saying what they said or can’t really mean it), and I have had to shake my head at some of the conclusions drawn by feminists…

When I see things like the survey of college coeds, I am encouraged to know that a generation of daycare babies and latchkey kids are deciding they won’t do the same thing to their children. I hope they stick to their guns in the face of feminist ridicule and increasing cultural rejection of the home as “invisible” and therefore unrewarding, unchallenging, and backwards.

Anyone who would assert such a thing has never lived in a busy household with five children of varying ages who adore reading, love to learn new things, and keep their parents constantly on their toes. Anyone who would claim the home is a stifling atmosphere where women wither on the vine has never grown up in a hospitable house where people are invited in constantly, cramming the place to the ceiling with lively conversation, heartfelt confession, real forgiveness, and constant opportunities for growth and learning.

Quote source

Chancey, J. (2005). “Meanwhile, back at the ranch…”. Ladies Against Feminism. Available http://www.ladiesagainstfeminism.com/artman/publish/LAF_Theme_Articles_13/Meanwhile_back_at_the_ranch_22471002247.shtml. Last accessed 25th Apr 2016.

Keepers at home would have this freedom

A woman working in a nearby post office stopped me one day to ask me if I stay at home. When I affirmed that I did, she told me how she wanted nothing more than to go home, garden, sew, and care for her family. She feels trapped, because her husband has grown dependent upon the second income. Is this blessing?

Quote source

Chancey, J. (2003). Jennie Chancey Responds to Titus 2 Cynics. Vision Forum Ministries. Available http://www.visionforumministries.org/sections/hotcon/ht/family/wordofgod.asp. Last accessed 7th Sep 2013.

Jennie Chancey trumps the ‘unpaid domestic labour’ trope

God has given us [women] a great gift in calling us to the home. Our role is not inferior because it is “unpaid.” Our role is not of lesser importance because it isn’t out in the public sphere. When God created mankind “male and female,” He showed us that it takes both “halves” to make up the whole of humanity. That our roles differ is a cause for rejoicing and glory — not a cause for shame or depression. When both roles complement each other beautifully, we demonstrate to the world a picture of God’s divine image that is breathtaking to behold.

Quote source

Chancey, J. (2003). Jennie Chancey Responds to Titus 2 Cynics. Vision Forum Ministries. Available http://www.visionforumministries.org/sections/hotcon/ht/family/wordofgod.asp. Last accessed 7th Sep 2013.

Women working outside of the home: no blessing

After all, when St. Paul writes about widows, does he say they just need to suck it up and get out in the workforce to fend for themselves? Far from it. He calls those who will not provide for widows and orphans “infidels” who have “denied the faith” (1 Tim. 5:7). When a woman has to work outside of the home, it is not an indication of some special blessing; it is a poor reflection on her provider (if she is married) or upon the Church (if she is widowed and has no family). The Body of Christ is to take care of its own.

Quote source

Chancey, J. (2003). Jennie Chancey Responds to Titus 2 Cynics. Vision Forum Ministries. Available http://www.visionforumministries.org/sections/hotcon/ht/family/wordofgod.asp. Last accessed 7th Sep 2013.

Jennie Chancey’s exegesis defeating Andrew Sandlin’s

What truly amazes me is that Rev. Sandlin can state so confidently that the Bible does not call a woman leaving her God-given, home-based occupation for work outside the home “sin.” While he quotes the first portion of the famous Titus 2 passage, he neglects to carry it through to the final kicker: “that the word of God may not be blasphemed” (Tit. 2:5b).

I don’t know about anyone else, but my dictionary still defines blasphemy as showing “contempt or disrespect for (God, a divine being, or sacred things), esp. in speech” and uttering “profanities, curses, or impious expressions.” The Greek word used here is blasphemeo, which is used elsewhere to refer to reviling the Holy Spirit.

It is interesting to note that St. Paul uses the word in 1 Cor. 4:13 to refer to the way the world reviles Christians, calling them “the filth of the world, the offscouring of all things.”

Are Christians to blaspheme or to encourage others to blaspheme God’s Word? St. Paul writes in Col. 3:8, “But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth.”

I think we can feel fairly confident, then, that blasphemy is sin, whether it is spoken verbally or lived before a watching world.

Quote source

Chancey, J. cited in thatmom (2007). Questions for Stacy on Being a Keeper at Home and the Roles of Women. Available http://thatmom.wordpress.com/2007/12/01/questions-for-stacy-on-being-a-keeper-at-home/. Last accessed 16th Aug 2014.

 

Parents of large families blessed and praised

My family lives in Kenya, and I can tell you from personal experience that the majority of people here still see children as an asset and a blessing. When we are out and about with our children, Kenyans greet us with high-fives, thumbs-up, and comments like, “You are so blessed!” The only sour remarks we have received are from (sadly) Westerners living in Africa. I’ve been stopped by Kenyan women who want to tell me about the constant pressure they receive to stop having children from UN health clinics and organizations like Marie Stopes (founded by a eugenicist who praised Hitler’s ideas in poetry). These women tell me children are their future and their hope, and they are hungry for affirmation of this, as the message from the West is that children cause poverty.

My two cents

This is so cool; it would be great to have a large family, and be greeted with high fives and things like that. And yes, what a sad indictment it is on westerners who carry their anti-natal (as opposed to antenatal) baggage into other countries that weren’t really looking for it to being with. This shows how the contraceptive mentality is a newfangled and relativistic notion.

If I were a filmmaker, I’d love to do a documentary on the African women and their experience in having the western contraceptive mentality imposed on them by the United Nations.

Quote source

Chancey, J. (2011). ‘Africans love children’: Nigerian engineer busts population growth propaganda. Available: http://www.ladiesagainstfeminism.com/hot-button-issues/‘africans-love-children’-nigerian-engineer-busts-population-growth-propaganda/. Last accessed 10th Oct 2013.