The Trouble is in Our Homes

Gayle Oler

You can talk about the influence of universities and how damaging they are to the religion of modern youth all you wish. But I tell you that the main source of such damage is in that considerable section of American homes where golf, cocktail parties, bridge parties, sports, and theater-going have extensively replaced the worship of God on the Lord’s Day. It’s the festering indifference in the home toward the church and religious duties that hurts more than the free-thinking of some crack-brain professor chattering about his monkey ancestors.

It’s popular to blame the colleges with the irreligion of modern youth, but the college is not nearly so strong as the home is in formulating faith and character. “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Prov. 22:6).

But a home that is disgraced by a cigarette-smoking, gambling, boozing mother who either whiles away her time partying all day or pursuing a career is a rather pitifully weak bulwark for the character and faith of youth.

The child who has to look on some irresponsible day-care worker for mothering, while she—whose flesh he is—concerns herself day after day with secular and sensual matters, is to be pitied. He does not have a chance. Such women have not one ounce of help to offer in making the world a better place, or a soul fit for heaven.

It is not the Creator’s plan for women to neglect the home (Titus 2:3-5). Home is the very backbone of civilization. It is essential to liberty, decency, and morality. In the home, a woman is the queen, enthroned and endued with the power to wreck or ruin a nation, and to wield a power over human destiny that she cannot possibly realize. She can forever preserve or eternally destroy the religion of her children. That is how strong she is in her place.

Out of the home, away from the natural place, she is a weakling. In politics or business, she sets into the game at tremendous loss of power and opportunity. But there is nothing more lovely, more saintly, nor more wonderful in the sight of men amidst all the creation of God than a faithful Christian mother training up children to honor God, country and home. There is nothing more wholesome for the church of Christ or for the nation.

It takes more care, more diplomacy, more tact, more energy and character to be a godly Christian mother rightly ruling a home and training children than it does to be the governor of Texas or president of any corporation.

In any other place, a woman loses ground, but in the home she has arrived, the most glorious and admirable queen on earth, and at the very top of the ladder of human attainment and power.

Train the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sober-minded, chaste, workers at home, kind, being in subjection to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed (Titus 2:4-5).

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1 thought on “The Trouble is in Our Homes

  1. Absolutely!! It’s sad when the mother has to work to support her family. Through no fault of her own many mothers are left with the responsibility of raising the children. Let’s hammer on the men too.

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