The writings of the Apostle Paul regarding women’s place in the church and home are often a point of contention, especially in these “liberated” times. The argument defending him is sometimes that his instructions were meant for a particular time and culture; a view that is often supported by what he wrote to the church in Galatia, emphasizing that all are equal in the body of Christ.
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.Galatians 3:28
That being said, there are still innate differences between the sexes which give each gender unique abilities and challenges, especially when it comes to raising children.
Even Paul, whom many consider a paradigm of misogyny, wrote in praise of the power of women when he commended his protégé Timothy’s mother and grandmother by name.
5 I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.2 Timothy 1:5
While not every mother is a positive influence on her children, the fact remains that a mother has a powerful role in shaping her children for good or ill, and those children shape the culture.
If you were blessed with a loving, nurturing Christian mother, you are fortunate. Especially in a world where the family is increasingly under-valued, such a mother is special, indeed. She deserves a day of recognition.
Happy Mother’s Day, to the mothers and the children lucky enough to be able to share this special day them.