by Richard Mansel, managing editor
Women are special, being gifts of God to mankind (Genesis 2:18-22). The world is resplendent with their beauty, heart and accomplishments.
Godly women have left a lasting mark on the body of Christ. Their holiness and faith, in the face of opposition, encourages all of us to be better.
In the last few decades, however, a change has occurred, leaving women and their sisters in a crisis. The origin of the change is very telling and its unveiling is especially timely.
The word “lady” or “ladies’ was once a term of distinction and honor. Yet, in the past few years, political correctness has banished the term. Why would they do that? What is wrong with the term, “lady”?
“Feminists argue that being called a ‘lady’ is patronizing and has sexist undertones — due to the association of the expected ‘ladylike’ behavior.”/1 Another says, “The ‘Lady’ prefix is sexist because it connotes propriety and correct behavior.”/2
This is fascinating. According to these sources, and many others that could be cited, the reason that women no longer wish to be called ladies, is that they do not wish to behave like ladies.
Women have been the moral leaders in American society since its inception. Their goodness kept men intact and provided children with a moral compass. That has changed in many ways.
The cigarette ads of decades past, told the story. Women were told, “You’ve come a long way, baby.” Today, many young women no longer resemble their sisters of old. Their mouths continually spew profanity, their bodies shed clothing and their beds meet a string of lovers. Their moral foundations have left the building, running on the fuel of Satan’s lies.
No wonder the designation “lady” has fallen on hard times.
Society is suffering from the lack of moral leadership that so many women of old provided. We must reclaim it, before it is too late.
The Lord’s church desperately needs women of God. Women who understand what God desires of them (Titus 2:4; Matthew 28:18-20).
God’s lady gets her inspiration and style from God’s Word, rather than from Cosmo. She realizes that her body is the temple of God, instead of a weapon of manipulation and power. She uses her body and mind to praise God, rather than to feed lust (Ephesians 3:20-21).
She carries the light of God (Matthew 5:15-16), rather than trumpeting her own glory. She walks in peace, honor and propriety and is far more interested in her spiritual legacy and leaving her world a better place.
God’s lady is worth far more than gold or rubies (Proverbs 31:10).
“Strength and honor are her clothing; She shall rejoice in time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, And on her tongue is the law of kindness. She watches over the ways of her household, And does not eat the bread of idleness” (Proverbs 31:25-27, NKJV).
God’s lady is special and brings beauty, grace and wisdom to a barren world. Accordingly, her children, husband, her God, and all that know her, “will rise up and called her blessed” (Proverbs 31:28).
What title could be better?