Saturday, May 12, 2012

Practical Theology for Women: Mother's Day for All Women

It is an age-old conundrum in humanity in general and Christianity in particular. How do you honor someone who has something good that you want too? How do you applaud the sacrifices of one without minimizing the suffering of the other? I don’t know exactly, but I do think there is an over arching principle that is helpful. Motherhood is not the greatest good for the Christian woman.

Whether you are a mom or not, don’t get caught up in sentimentalism that sets it up as some saintly role. The greatest good is being conformed to the image of the Christ to the glory of God. 

Just a short excerpt or a short entry that I found worth reading. Of course I might suggest there are principles that may be helpful to men for the corresponding holiday, Father's day. The highest good for Christian men is not being a husband or a father and it is a form of sentimentalism that sets up husbandry and fatherhood as saintly roles. Being a husband and a father are important and precious responsibilities just as being a wife and mother are but these things are not the greatest goods for Christian men and women. If you seek Christ you will be pursuing that good which will best prepare for whatever roles you may or may not have in the course of your life.

1 comment:

Kristen said...

Absolutely. I hate to see women who, for whatever reason, did not become mothers, marginalized on this day. Thanks for saying this.