As promised I’m back with this series explaining why the US was not found on Biblical principles. I’m going to address gender in these next two posts. This one will address the treatment of women. I’m going to compare some elements of early US history that contradicted scripture.

I chose Proverbs 31 because it describes a virtuous woman. Proverbs 31:16- “She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard”. Until certain laws were passed, women were not able to have certain rights to property or wages if she became married. According to Proverbs, a virtuous woman has ownership. Verse 26 says, “She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.” Many times women were expected to remain quiet especially in the presence of men. According to this verse, a woman is a wise teacher. It’s not many women in American history that are praised as great orators. Have they been ignored or were they just not able to achieve that status? Verses 28 and 30 speaks about how a woman is praiseworthy. Her children, husband, and others should praise a godly woman. Song of Solomon 7 shows the appreciation of a woman’s body and curves, and yet the church at the time shamed a woman. There was a time when young girls that got pregnant had to be sent away because they brought shame to the church and their family. Never mind what the man may have done. I don’t think that the Bible would tell us all of these positive things about a woman only to have us treat them as second class citizens in the church and society. I would expound, but that’d turn into rambling.

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