With this past weekend being the time we celebrate the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, I took the time to read through the different accounts of the four Gospels. After reading them and then considering this week's question, it struck me how true it is that the number of godly women in the Bible outnumber the godly men. Take, for example, the Crucifixion. There were at the foot of the cross several ladies, standing and grieving over the loss of their lord. How many men? One, John the beloved disciple. And that same trend is found throughout the Word of God; in fact, throughout history you find the same to be true, in every religion. But today - well, things are different today. Though I knew, growing up, that all people were sinners, in my mind woman just weren't as bad as men, and seemingly they couldn't be. But today - well, things are different today. Today it's the women who are smoking, drinking, cussing, and running around. Today it's the women who drive recklessly, get in fights, beat their children, and get in trouble with the law. So what happened? How did we get here? I refer again back to Proverbs 30:11-14, where it mentions four characteristics of a generation, or perhaps several generations, but it starts with the generations relationship with their parents - v.11 ..."that curseth their father and doth not bless their mother." Now, I don't know about you, but how do you not bless your mother? What kind of child cannot find it in themselves to rise up and ..."call her blessed"? Prov. 31:28. Then, it begins to dawn on me; it all becomes so very, very clear. The reason why this generation cannot bless their mother is they have had no mother to bless. Oh, they have had a woman who gave birth to them, but if the saying goes for the men, that having a child doesn't make you a father, then, ladies, neither does having a child make you a mother. So we have a generation, with little or no true parental influence and is it any wonder that we are where we are? Proverbs 29:15 says,
"The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame."
and shame is what we have, and in order to avoid it we fill our lives to the brim with activity and things hoping to drown out the hurt and despair caused by that shame. Today we have a generation of boys and girls who were raised by a generation who did not give the example of what a man and lady ought to be. They rejected the authority of the Word of God and have reaped upon themselves destruction. They did as the Jews regarding Christ. The Jews said to Pilate, "... His blood be on us, and on our children." The previous generations said, by their actions if not their words, "We will live to please ourselves and we care not what we reap from it." They gave no thought for the effect it would have on their children. Proverbs 28:9 -
"He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be an abomination."
Our nation is hurting, as is evidenced by our youth. Many today are crying out to God, but until they cry out in repentance for rejecting his Word, their cry is in vain. Until we personally take responsibility, we will not prosper. It is by no means the burden of our ladies only, but they play a great role in both the success and failure of our families, churches, and nation. We need less women in politics and more mothers in prayer closets; less women playing sports and more women portraying spirituality. This generation is crying out for some godly parents to lead the way - will we hear their plea and bow our knee; or will we turn away and lose the day?