My pastor is preaching systematically through Titus. Within the next few weeks (he goes s..l..o..w..l..y!) he’ll get to Titus 2:3-5, which says that women ought to be “keepers at home”. I know he will do a faithful exposition of this, probably reference 1 Timothy 5:14, and so on, and will preach that women ought to be “keepers at home”. My wife and I were discussing this, as several women in our congregation are employed outside the home.
My wife made a good observation, and since she doesn’t have a blog I thought I would share it.
The Bible does not say “women may not work outside the home”. That’s a negative command, a rule, a restriction. Instead it says that women are to be “keepers at home”. This is a lot broader than saying “women can’t do this or that or that or that”. It tells you what to do, not what you shouldn’t do. A woman who works a regular 40 hour week at a job is not being a “keeper at home”. But neither is the housewife who spends that same amount of time running errands, going to Bible studies, and so forth — even hauling kids around to ballet, karate, play group, the zoo, etc.
Similarly, a few verses later all Christians are told to deny “ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly”. Living “soberly, righteously, and godly” is a lot more than just keeping a list of rules. Does the Bible say I shouldn’t watch this TV show, or spend my money on that thing, or spend my time on this habit? No. But it tells me to be sober, righteous, and godly. That’s a much higher standard than a list of do’s and dont’s.