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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Training up weaker vessels


Author, quiverfull mother of ten, and Pastor's wife Stacy McDonald is training up her daughters in the ways of the Lord. She is instilling within them the understanding that they are to be "weaker vessels," and as such, they should forgo higher education and concentrate on serving their father until they find a husband to be their master:
A special measure of honor is given to a lady, “the weaker vessel,” by a gentleman. Interestingly, this is unique to the Christian lifestyle. Heathen cultures do not honor or value women – and even their version of “protecting” women has more to do with selfishness and possessiveness (kind of like protecting your livestock) than it does truly protecting or valuing them.

Matthew Henry had this commentary on 1 Peter 3:7) [sic]
She is the weaker vessel by nature and constitution, and so ought to be defended: but then the wife is, in other and higher respects, equal to her husband; they are heirs together of the grace of life, of all the blessings of this life and another…The weakness of the female sex is no just reason either for separation or contempt, but on the contrary it is a reason for honour and respect: Giving honour to the wife as unto the weaker vessel.
Mrs. McDonald goes on to note the dangers young women face if they attend a university:
There’s a book I’d like to review soon called Unprotected that gives very real examples of how vulnerable young women are in university settings. The author exposes the hook-up culture with very candid stories of real heartbreaking accounts. Some of the examples are shocking. It’s written by a campus counselor who got tired of being limited by what type of counsel she could give her students. Pills, abortion, and condoms were ok, but God, the Bible, and real facts about STDs and immoral lifestyles were forbidden.

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While we must equip both our sons and our daughters to be strong lights in a dark age, our sons are likely to be called to lead and provide for their families, while our daughters are likely to be called to be helpers. Even if they’re never called to marriage, our hope is that our daughters will feel content as a helper in our home (or a relative, if we die) – or even in the church. If God were to never bring them husbands and we were to die (the grand “what-if” question we’re asked), and nobody was willing to take them into their own family, then we are perfectly confident in God’s provision.

Our daughters are much more capable of taking care of themselves than I was at their age and I still managed to find a very good job (without having attended college) when I had to. College and being groomed for independent living isn’t the magic pill so many people think it is. Sometimes it can even make one less equipped for life’s trials. Talk to women who were raped while living alone; indoctrinated by feminist, atheist professors; or duped into putting off marriage or children (for the sake of a degree or a career) until it was too late.

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There is no law that says “Thou shalt not send your daughter to college.” I'm sure I would have remembered that! LOL For us, it’s kind of like homeschooling. We do not believe that it’s inherently sinful to send your child to public school. However, since we are given the responsibility to train up our children in the ways of God night and day (Deut. 6:7-9), we feel like the best (if not the only) way to ensure that this is done (especially these days) is to teach them at home.
But raising one's daughters to be "weaker vessels" has its price. Worldly people do not understand why a parent would refuse to send a daughter to college, nor do they understand why a daughter should give her heart to her father for safekeeping:
Our daughters have been made fun of for the way they dress (yes, we do wear dresses and skirts – we believe they’re both feminine and modest – sorry if that offends you); they’ve been criticized for not going away to college; and they’ve been gossiped about for “giving their hearts” to their father in honor of their commitment to courtship.
Others may ask, "What if God does not bless a daughter with a husband; what happens to her then?" Well, Mrs. McDonald has considered that possibility as well. They will serve in their father's household until the parents die. Then, it's up to God to take care of her:
Even if they’re never called to marriage, our hope is that our daughters will feel content as a helper in our home (or a relative, if we die) – or even in the church. If God were to never bring them husbands and we were to die (the grand “what-if” question we’re asked), and nobody was willing to take them into their own family, then we are perfectly confident in God’s provision.

17 comments:

  1. these are the same morons who complaign that "them dusky muslims dont respect their women folk".

    Poor poor girl children, these people make me so angry, how can they happily waste the skills and enthusiasms of their own offspring?

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  3. Thank the Great Beard of God that WeakSister McDonald didn't bring up the spectre of lesbian indoctrination at college! I know it's real, because I've seen movies about it. Studied them closely, in fact. And while the coeds in those films seemed to enjoy it, they did not appear to be Christians. But for a girl who's filled with the Holy Spirit, instead of filled with other, wicked things, college life would be full of horrors.

    That's "hor-RORS" as in "horrifying," you smut-brains who are sniggering!

    (P.S. Praise Blogger for allowing me to correct spelling errors, so I would not seem like a complete nincompoop. I'm only halfway there.)

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  4. So the blood of Jesus doesn't really work on women - doesn't make them complete or perfect, like their brothers. Funny about that.

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  5. Yeah, I can think of a number of women I'd like to see sister McDonald try calling "weaker vessels" - she may want to have the local faith healer nearby at the time however.

    Just imagine the future therapy bills for her poor children.

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  6. What a loving and generous mother, who keeps her unmarried daughters around to do the chores, by making them too afraid of the outside world to ever leave home except in the company of a husband or father.

    Isn't it funny how they interpret the "weaker vessel"? Peter was speaking in terms of general biology, and even takes pains to ensure no one misunderstood him to mean that because men are physiologically larger and stronger than women they should dominate them, but none of that matters, all that matters is the magic of the "weaker vessel" propaganda to enslave women.

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  7. That’s funny. I wear the same outfit when I scrub the floor. Of course, it makes me look butch.

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  8. Weaker vessel? Good Lord woman! The only weak ones are the ones trapped inside away from society.

    Yeah, so much better to stay home and give your heart to daddy and slavery... sounds a bit pedophilic to me...

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  9. I spent my whole university career prowling the campus chapels searching for innocent, confused, lonely young religious girls to corrupt.

    Never found one...

    Go figger...

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  10. "God used a ladies’ Christian email list to bring me to the conviction that God should be in control of our wombs."

    Very.very serious stuff: those email lists.

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  11. ? Is there a way to post comments on the side without haloscan? I'm fond of those comments being visible on the side.

    Love to all (chastely)

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  12. Thank goodness I've learned to properly "submit" to my he-man hubby or he might have to sell me back to the church and who knows what kind of quasi-christian boor I could end up with.

    Ah, the stronger vessel - biggest babies when they're sick and I'd love to see them survive cramps, let alone childbirth, but hey! I'm just the weaker vessel....

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  13. General, Sir:

    I'm not certain, but I believe that Sister AnntiChrist Coulter would be up for visiting this Mrs. McDonald person and helping her to see the light, or at least someathem cartoon stars whirlin' around her asskicked head.

    Old McDonald had a harem

    et cum spiritu tuo.

    and in charge he placed his wife,

    a good KKKristian brood sow;

    With a baby here and a baby there,

    Here, a kid; there a kid, kiddies everywhere.

    e-i-e-i-ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

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  14. Women are the weaker vessel
    And so it's guys I choose to wrestle
    Like manly men in Spartan days
    We strip and grapple in the haze
    True, our daughters' hearts we do possess
    But it's other parts that we caress

    And girls: no peeking at our tadgers!

    ++++

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  15. No problem about therapy bills. They don't believe in therapy.

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  16. I like John W. Thompson on God's Design for Scriptural Romance:

    A young woman must also be spiritually preparing during the friendship stage by following the examples of Sarah, Mary and the Proverbs 31 woman. Vocationally she must develop her domestic skills as well as the talents God has given her for assisting in her future husband's life purpose. But how do we accomplish this, fathers, without instilling in a daughter an attitude of careerism? The answer is to have your daughter relate to her father in the same manner that God will have her relate to her future husband. For example, in developing our own daughters' musical talents, we have structured our family music business so that I, the father, remain fully responsible while delegating certain work to each of my daughters. Instead of "paying" them, I give them generous gifts each month according to their needs so that they will learn to be fully dependent upon their future husband rather than developing an independent spirit.

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  17. the rev. paperboy said...
    Yeah, I can think of a number of women I'd like to see sister McDonald try calling "weaker vessels" - she may want to have the local faith healer nearby at the time however.

    democommie said...
    I'm not certain, but I believe that Sister AnntiChrist Coulter would be up for visiting this Mrs. McDonald person and helping her to see the light, or at least someathem cartoon stars whirlin' around her asskicked head.

    A faith healer would certainly be needed for that nathty thplit lip and pulped nothe.

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We'll try dumping haloscan and see how it works.