Where have all the virtuous women gone?
Who can find a virtuous woman? Her price is far above rubies. - Prov 31:10
The question it seems has more relevance in these modern times of Satellite, and Cable TV, so-called reality shows, suggestive advertising both in print and other visual medium, music videos, music CD’s and the list goes on.The message is being sent is that female virtue is passe’, a thing of the past, old fashioned, and that anything goes. It seems that, since the Sufferage Movement, in which women were given the right to vote, the snowball started rolling down the mountain, and has been gaining momentum ever since.
That snowball grew even larger with the Women’s Lib Movement of the 60’s and 70’s,when women wanted to be on an equal footing with their male counterparts in all facets of society, eschewing the more traditional female role, for the more contemporary one, for example, the stay-at-home wife and mother role, so popularized in the 50’s, has been replaced by the career-minded, sexually liberated woman of the 60’s and beyond.
Women are being degraded, and degrading themselves.
In music videos, they’re portrayed as sex-objects for the amusement of men,wearing suggestive outfits, coupled with lewd, and lascivious dancing.Rap lyrics are rife with degrading terms and phrases, aimed at our own women.
Reality shows like I Love New York, in which one woman is shacked up with twenty men, going through each of them, in order to find “true love”. Another is the more recent Bad Girls Club, on Oprah Winfrey’s Oxygen channel, in which we see women in all their rawness contend with one another. The message seems to be: It’s good to be bad.
Shows like this are the trend in today’s entertainment market, and are sending a negative message to all women, particularly young women, for they are more apt to adopt that lifestyle.
For the Christian Woman, this sort of worldly thinking is of the Devil and seeks to further undermine the precepts that God has set forth, affecting womanhood, and the family structure.
Sadly to say, this type of liberated thinking, which in reality isn’t liberation at all, but is another form of bondage, has crept in the church, and is causing an uproar in the Congregation.
Female morality continues down the slippery slope, and although the minds of men (and women) has drastically changed.
God’s mind hasn’t changed
Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today, and forever
, Hebrews 13:8
We are called to be beacons of light, in a world darkened by sin. We as Christian men (and women) are to uphold the standard set forth by the Lord Jesus. But when we become complacent, calling ourselves Christians, but adopting the ways of the world, our witness becomes ineffective, and we become hypocrites.
Christ is soon to come, and we must endeavor to prepare ourselves for His arrival, meaning that whatever is lacking in our walk with him, we remedy it before its too late.
God is Calling for Women of Virtue
And since this missive is aimed at women (this time) the attitude is to adopt the ways of virtuous Biblical women such as Ruth, Naomi, Mary, and even Mary Magdalene, who after the Lord cast out seven devils, became a true woman of virtue. The Bible is full of them, both in the Old and New Testaments, and their lives are to be studied.
The Virtuous Woman reflects Christ both inside the Sanctuary and outside of it, whether in the home, and in society, both inwardly in the spirit, and by her outward appearance.
God’s Word is the only authority in all matters of the spirit.
I find that a lot of women take the opinions offered by “Self - Styled Gurus “such as Oprah and Tyra to be gospel, and listen to them because of their celebrity status rather than on their authority in such matters. For example, before becoming a popular talk-show host, Tyra used to grace Victoria Secret catalogs, and Sport’s Illustrated magazine’s Swimsuit issues. Oprah’s accomplishments are well-known: A billionaire media mogul, and perhaps the richest woman in America. This hardly qualifies them to be experts on the human condition. But even with these impressive accomplishments,
matters of the human experience are still the responsibility of those whom God has ordained to teach them.
For the characteristics of the Virtuous Woman, I suggest
More Scriptures for study:
2 Timothy 3:6