Saturday, October 17, 2020

Refuse to enroll younger widows

Let a widow be enrolled if she is not less than sixty years of age, having been the wife of one husband, and having a reputation for good works: if she has brought up children, has shown hospitality, has washed the feet of the saints, has cared for the afflicted, and has devoted herself to every good work. But refuse to enroll younger widows, for when their passions draw them away from Christ, they desire to marry and so incur condemnation for having abandoned their former faith. Besides that, they learn to be idlers, going about from house to house, and not only idlers, but also gossips and busybodies, saying what they should not. So I would have younger widows marry, bear children, manage their households, and give the adversary no occasion for slander. For some have already strayed after Satan. If any believing woman has relatives who are widows, let her care for them. Let the church not be burdened, so that it may care for those who are truly widows.

1 Timothy 5

If Apostle Paul was this strict about "young widows," then he probably is even more strict toward all those teen moms who have baby daddies still alive. I'm sure it's even worse for the single moms in their position because they divorced their Christian husbands. 

Besides that, they learn to be idlers, going about from house to house, and not only idlers, but also gossips and busybodies, saying what they should not.

Newly divorced single moms who live entirely off child support and welfare? Check.

Somewhere down the line in our culture, single moms became victims that Churchians must rescue from their own bad choices. Perhaps a bleed over from government programs and women's suffrage.

I am guessing that in Apostle Paul's day that there was no welfare, child support, and alimony payments. In this case, I think Apostle Paul would be even less sympathetic toward the plight of young widows and single moms of today.

It is quite impossible to tell a Churchian that they are only aiding the open rebellion and sin of many of these single moms and young widows.

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