COLUMN: Should mothers work outside the home?

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By C.L. Glasscock

In the last four weeks, I have heard a lot of discussion about Mitt Romney’s wife, who some say “never worked a day in her life.” The amazing thing is that we never go to the Bible for one answer about anything.
We have heard from both Democrats and Republicans, both sides, but I think the way it sounds to me is they don’t care if she worked outside of the home or not. They are trying to use it for a political football.
I firmly believe that if a woman can stay home and work there, it is much better than for her to work in the workplace. But I do realize that a lot of women cannot do that. Some women have to take care of their children, where the men have deserted them. But I will have to say that some work in the workplace and it would be better if they were at home.
Titus 2:1-5 says, “But speak thou the things that which become sound doctrine. That the aged men be sober grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience. The aged women likewise, that they be in behavior as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things. That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children. To be discreet, chaste keepers at home, good obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.”
In writing this article, it brought back a lot of good memories about raising our family. We had disappointments, but we also had love. Roberta is a great cook and we had cooked meals even when our children were in school. We had breakfast and supper at home, and sitting around the table eating together was some of our greatest conversations. We always had plenty to eat because we believed God’s word and still do.
Philippians 4:19 says, “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Jesus Christ.”
This verse does not say God will supply all our wants, but a lot of times here in America he gives us our wants, too.
One question: Did you ever want something really bad and get what you wanted just to find out what you got was not all that important after all? Did you ever look back on life raising your children, after they had taken up another life and are gone and think, I wish I had made more time for my children? I have done this and I believe most have, too.