By Mary Van Nattan
Titus 2:3 The aged
that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness,
not false accusers, not given to much wine,
teachers of good things;
4 That they may teach the young women
to be sober,
to love their husbands, to love their children,
5 To be discreet, chaste,
keepers at home,
good, obedient to their own husbands,
that the word of God be not blasphemed.
A Plea to the Aged Women
The Question of Working
Outside the Home
Are You Really Keeping
Keeper OF the Home?
Getting Home from the Work Place
Qs and As About Earning At Home
Testimonies of ladies who have been
delivered from the work place.
What about the Nurses?
QUESTION: ...I have a question
and I was hoping to find help here. I am a former working woman. I left the
workplace for good five years ago when I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and
Savior. The Lord has laid heavily on my heart that my greatest area of ministry
is to my husband and children; I believe my place is at home, and I have been
so richly blessed since coming home. While working I was emplyed as a Registered
Nurse. As you may know 93% of all nurses are women. I am not writing this to
debate anything, but what would happen if all these women stayed home? I know
I worked with many Born again Christian nurses, so my question is who would
care for our sick, elderly, and dying? I have often thought of this. ( Christian
women face so many dilemmas in our modern day world and society.) I have had
other women ask me this very same question and I don't have an answer. I often
just say that I believe the Lord has called me to be at home. What are your
thougths on this? I do attend a cnoservative, independent Baptist Church, however,
this is an issue that is never addressed. Do you have any advice or thoughts
on this issue? Thank you so much for your help!
In His love, Diane P.
ANSWER: ...In answer to
your question regarding women in the nursing profession. One thing I tell people
is that if all the women [in all professions] went home from the work place
there would be no unemployment! :-)
Also, a lot of things would change in our culture.
They couldn't charge so much for a house because there would only be one main
income per family. They couldn't charge so much for cars, and many other things.
Also, there would be more women taking care of their children and so the kids
would grow up more secure and better tended and would be smarter. Therefore,
the boys would be capable of better jobs. Women earning from home as virtuous
women would be able to teach their kids [both boys and girls] to be self-employed
and so we would have more entrepeneurs. Many trades would go home where they
used to be. It's hard to even imagine all the possibilities.
As with other jobs, in the old days, men were
nurses and orderlies. It was Florence Nightingale that was largely responsible
for pushing women into regular nursing positions as far as I can tell. She was
a rebellious woman that learned nursing against the wishes of her parents, and
wheedled her way into the job of nursing on the battle front by persistant pushing
in the Crimean piano covers, as I recall.
In other days, neighborhood women took turns nursing
and helping a sick neighbor and went home when they were done. Mid-wives delivered
babies and young girls sometimes helped out while the mother was recovering.
[One thought: If doctors were allowed to practice from their homes still like
they used to, it might actually be possible for women to be trained to help
their husbands in tending women's special needs.]
For us living as things are now the answer is
this: James 4:17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good,
and doeth it not, to him it is sin. We can't make the world, or even
other Christians, live the way they should, but we can live right ourselves
and tell others if they show any interest in hearing. Hope this helps! :-)
By God's grace, Mary Van
Background and graphics by mary vannattan