Many of us have heard the phrase, ‘the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world’. A popular poem in the 1800s, it referred to mothers and motherhood and the idea that the nurturing influence of mothers on their children during childhood influenced the world through adulthood. It is a foundational principle in both the Old and New Testaments to “Honor thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.” (Ephesians 6:2-3)
Honor Due Mothers
Honor—a word that carries all sorts of connotations. It is similar to the word ‘virtue’, it is seen in action. Recently, I watched a show in which there was a scene where an adopted daughter didn’t get what she wanted in an exchange between her and a parent. The young girl stormed out of the room when the parent was speaking to her.
In my day as a child, when an elder, much more when a parent was speaking to you, you listened. Granted she was an adopted child, but it should have been a learning moment.
In her case, after she had been in her room long enough to cool down the parent should have gone quietly in to speak with her. The conversation would go something like, “I can understand you are not happy and you would like—or you feel like such and such—but slamming out of the room and/or running off is not the way we handle things nor is it the way to solve problems…”
Honorable Mothers Needed
Just as we need honorable fathers, we need honorable mothers. Families are the foundation on which our nation is built. Good families equal good homes and that makes a good country.
Dependable mothers are as essential as dependable fathers and are the second half of the unit. In real life, there are times when a home will find itself with only one parent because of a catastrophe, but that should not happen often. With the rise of feminism, one of the goals was to free women from the bondage of marriage, except…
Honored Mothers Differ
Feminism isn’t about being feminine, it’s about being like men…and not even good men. It hasn’t worked well for women to be ‘loosed’ from marriage. Marriage isn’t bondage for women it is a safety net. In reality, marriage is made in heaven. When the scriptures call women ‘the weaker vessel’ it doesn’t mean an inferior vessel. It refers to a more delicate, more valuable vessel. So, what happened is instead of being treated as a valuable person women traded that in to be treated like one of the guys. Someone to be used then discarded.
There is nothing honorable, nor honest for men or women in that situation, and nothing dependable for men, women, or children. A society will not thrive nor flourish or survive in an immoral state of affairs. A few years back there was a saying, “If you like what you see put a ring on it”.
Shallow—our lives are shallow. When people ask “Why don’t marriages last today like they used to?” The problem is character counts and we’re short on character. Honor, virtue, dependable, go with the idea of ‘a promise made is a promise kept’. Wives are half of the marriage unit, and both halves need to be of good character. Even as a person of faith I fall, I rise, and I fall again. Respectful, Dependable, Moral, Honor Mother.
“Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise),” (Ephesians 6:2 ESV) https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ephesians+6%3A2&version=ESV