This world calls us to so many things that seem exciting and many in the church today want to go right along for the ride. Ignoring God’s clear command, they justify their plans, twisting Scripture until it is no longer recognizable, and saddle up and go. When they come back from their voyage into modernity, they bring with them their mistaken beliefs, which they excitedly introduce to all as “a new twist on Scripture” or “a new way of looking at the Word of God” that will “help us relate to the world” or is “guaranteed to build up our numbers”.
We must bring that money in now, mustn’t we? Also, we simply must find a way to justify our sin….
Every now and then a deep thinker will come along, someone who desires to look deep into the Word of God, someone who sees that there is one truth there and they are determined to find it. Instead of applauding their goals and coming along side to help them, the church scoffs at their seriousness, shakes their heads at their determination and begins to explain just why “you are taking this too far, now”. The modern church has little room for those who would take God literally at His Word.
What is true of the church at large is just as true of its women. Typically women have taken the Word of God more seriously than the men have. You really wouldn’t know that by looking at the church today. Oh, the numbers of women who attend still usually outnumbers those of the men but the seriousness is no longer there. Popular beliefs, customs and ways are accepted without question among the ladies of the church. Immodesty is rampant, biblical womanhood is “old-fashioned”, laziness in the ways of the Lord is present and overwhelming and few seem to care. Those who do are immediately branded as overly zealous, told they are “going too far with this thing” and then all of the stops are pulled out to squelch their enthusiasm lest they “rock the boat”.
We will never understand our roles as wives and mothers until we understand God’s Word. We will never understand womanhood or manhood or the roles assigned to each, until we bury ourselves in the study of the Word. Yet, that seems to be the very thing that the church itself doesn’t want us to do.
That begs the question of “Why?” Why wouldn’t the church folks, if they really are the body of Christ (rather than a child of the devil), desire that all of their members bury themselves in the Word of the Lord? Why wouldn’t they desire that their people learn how to pray the way those who went before us did? Why wouldn’t they want to take God seriously in all ways? Unless one digs deep, one will never discover the answer. The trouble is that most of the church will never know the reasons because most of the church will never dig. Most are happy in their complacency.
Don’t be one of the statistics, sister. If you are reading this today, get in the Word and stay there until the Word gets into you and changes you. Get down on your face before God and pray until you learn how to break through in prayer by aligning your will to His. Do some study about higher criticism and evolution and how they have affected the church. Be willing to take the time and make the effort to dig deep and to discover the roots of the problems: discover the dangers of liberalism, modernism, feminism, Darwinism, post-modernism…and all of the other “isms” that have affected the church without the church even knowing it. Unearth the problems that occur when self is seated on the throne of God.
If you are a woman of God who actually takes the Word of God seriously, I applaud you. Don’t stop. Go forth… and dig… learn… pray… study… apply. Find out just what it is that the Lord has to say about being a woman of the Lord. What is your role…according to Him? What is it that you were born for? Discover just what it means to be God-focused, Christ-centered and led by the Holy Spirit. Find out, through your study, what it means to be “bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ”…and then get busy doing it.
We are to live to glorify God. If, instead we are busy glorifying and justifying ourselves, we become the problem instead of the solution. That has been the case for far too long. The church desperately needs those women who “go too far” and who are “far too serious about this thing” to keep on doing just what it is they don’t want you to do. The church needs women who think seriously about biblical womanhood. She needs women who will stand up for modesty, femininity, homemaking and motherhood. She needs women who will point other women to the cross and to the self-denying life waiting for us there. She needs women who are content being women and who have no desire to take on the roles of the men. She needs it desperately but since many in the church aren’t sheep but goats, she will also hate you for it. Stand up anyway, shoulder your cross anyway and go forth. Be one of the few who takes the Lord and His Word seriously. Give Him your all. Discover what it means to be a woman who loves the Lord with all of her heart, with all of her soul, with all of her strength, with all of her mind. Become one of the few women who truly makes a difference. Be sensitive to sin and concerned with holiness. Be a woman after the Lord’s own heart.