Just one more problem with women working outside the sphere of home and family:
We’ve discussed it before, a while back, but I think it is needful to revisit problems and keep fresh on our minds the “traps” of the working world as it involves wives and mothers…it’s just not always as simple as it seems…
April (with little ones being left at daycare) gets a new job. Great! More money. “better hours”, things are good.
During her two weeks of training (as a delivery personel), she rides with “John”, who is also married.
What? For 8 hours a day, for two weeks, two married people are going to spend exclusive time together in a car?
“Oh, that’s silly”, you say. “They’re mature adults…how ridiculous to think there is any danger!”
Oh, did I mention that “John” is divorced? Yes, he left his first wife for a woman whom he “got to know” at work.
Rare, you say? Not enough reason to question the ethics of women working outside the home?
What of the drastically, almost nauseating peak in the divorce rate over the last 50 years? Is it related? Is it normal for men and women to spend most of their day with other men and women who are not their spouses?
“Hello, Mr. Smith. How can I help you today, Mr. Smith?” chirps the well-dressed, perfumed secretary with a smile.
Mr. Smith returns home late in the evening to find that his wife has had a bad day, he steps over a few strewn toys, and she doesn’t even realize that the baby spat up on her blouse just before he arrived. He wakes up in the morning to find his wife also has morning breath…and boy does she look old without make-up!
Back at work…”Mr. Smith, I got all those accounts filed and your reports are on your desk. Could I get you a cup of coffee?” A paid help-meet who doesn’t have to live with most of Mr. Smith’s weaknesses…dangerous territory.
I know I may be painting a slightly exaggerated picture, but not much. How long could this be healthy for a marriage?
“Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands (it doesn’t read “your boss”)…
“A man cannot serve two masters..either he loves the one and despises the other, or hates the one and loves the other…”
“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
These verses aren’t specifically related to women in the workforce. But do they hold principles we would do well to consider?