A DAY WITHOUT WOMEN
“What would men be without women? Scarce, sir, mighty scarce.” (Mark Twain)
Last Wednesday, March 8, was the annual observance of the International Day of Women. Apparently, some folks decided this year’s theme would be “A Day Without Women” to emphasize the contributions of women in all areas of society. To achieve the desired effect, women were encouraged to protest by skipping work, wearing red and refusing to shop. By doing these things, the organizers intended to show the world just how vital women are to everyday life. I have no knowledge of how well things went, but I didn’t personally notice anything that day different from the day before or the day after. None of the women I know and have frequent communication with were participants and lived their lives Wednesday the way they always do, fulfilling their various responsibilities. Also, during that day, I observed women working (wearing a plethora of colors) doing their jobs. The “protesting” women seemingly did not share the same values and circumstances of lots of other women.
In a book titled “Becoming God’s True Woman”, edited by Nancy DeMoss, several points are made that capture the truth about who women are and why they are here:
*Men and women are equal because we are both created in God’s image.
*We were designed for different functions.
*We were created for the same purpose: God’s glory.
*There is equality in being, difference in function, and unity in purpose.
“So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them” (Gen. 1:27). “Then the Lord God said, ‘It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him’” (Gen. 2:18). Proverbs 31 enumerates the “worthy woman” (excellent wife) who is far more precious than jewels. “Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates” (Prov. 31:30-31).
Perhaps the organizers of a day to celebrate women would have done better to have looked to woman’s designer and maker and encouraged women to show their value through their faith and productivity rather than by taking a day off.