Bondage

I have seen a sad thing on the earth…

People are living in bondage to money.  When you get things down to their purest forms, there it is.  Enslaved.   And it is so sad.

The Bible says we were created for a purpose.  While alive we are to do good deeds planned for us before the beginning of time.   And one of those good deeds (see Timothy) is the raising of children.  Obviously, raising someone else’s child qualifies, but the bare meaning is the raising of your own children.

I have been thinking about this more recently because, since I am alone without my husband right now, everywhere I go I have to take all four little ones with me.  And the sight of me shopping or eating or whatever with my four children seems to excite comment wherever we go.  “Are they all yours?!?” is common, along with “You must be so busy!”.  I have been thinking.  I’m really not that much busier than when I was a full-time mom taking care of two (the statistical norm) kids; meals, naptimes, diapers, playtime, all happen and define my day.  Now the major difference is that the kids can play with each other as well.  It’s only really in public, where there are cars and strangers everywhere, that I have to be extremely vigilant (my kids are about as street-wise as Bambi) and four makes it kinda crazy.  Raising my children isn’t really crazy, so why does it seem so to so many people?

A call to an old friend who just had her first made things a little clearer.  She is able, thanks to federal law, to take up to 12 weeks off work after the birth of her child to just be with him.  After that, she goes back and he goes into childcare.  And as a mother, that seems so terribly sad to me.  It’s obvious from our nature itself that women are to be the caretakers, full-time, of their young children.  For approximately 8000 years, a mother was the only safe source of food for a baby until it reached 6 months old.  Obviously, a young baby needs its mother; and I would say that the mother needs the baby during this time as well.  If you are a mother you will understand what I mean.  It’s only having formula available that even makes it remotely possible to allow a mother and baby to be separated all day.

So….I started thinking about work, and formula, and children.  Whatever the governmental institution, most people live in a society that revolves around work.  Capitalism, socialism, communism, all share this.  Why develop formula?  Was it really for the tiny percentage of women who can’t produce their own milk?  No.  It was a development made purely to allow women to go back to work.  And why is that necessary?  It’s because the society demands that as many people who can work, do.  Look at the early Industrial Revolution – even toddlers were not exempt.  Now they are, but it is only so that they can become educated by the state until such time as they are able to join the workforce.  Nobody, except perhaps the baby, is really free.

And what is the point of all this work?  Capitalism….capital.  Money. The entire society lives in bondage to money.

Now please don’t get me wrong.  Work can be a good thing, a way of fulfilling God’s mandate to be stewards of the earth and to care for one another.  Men, by nature, are meant to work.  (and if you don’t agree with that, why is it that the worst thing a man could say of another man is “That lazy *&%* won’t even work to feed his kids.”  So work for men can be very good.  But why is it that women need to work?  Especially women with children?  Are the “professional” childcare workers really that much better suited to raise our children than us??  No.  It is the bondage of money.  I am sure that any full-time working mother with children, if asked to stay at work but receive no pay, would say NO!

And that is what makes me so sad.

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About nathankathy

Nathan and Katherine Born are two Christians trying to serve God as best they can.
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4 Responses to Bondage

  1. Sara says:

    I agree. (especially with the supposedly being so busy just because I have four kids instead of one or two)

    I know many people who have let the drive for more and more money ruin themselves, and their family lives. Alienated children and loved ones.. it’s terrible, and it breaks my heart. I love my kids, and am so thankful to have been able to be with them while they were little.

    If I had been able to, and hadn’t had so many people determined to pressure me out of it, including social workers, I likely would have homeschooled them as well. I think they could have got so much more…. But anyway.. yeah. I agree.

  2. Maryvel says:

    Katherine, you hit the nail right on the head! I agree with you 100%. I would never, ever, changed anything about staying home with my kids all these years! I was here anytime they needed me, to nurse them to sickness, to watch them smile when they come home and found some fresh cookies to snack on, when we took the time to sit down and enjoy a good, healthy meal that took me all afternoon to prepare! LOL!! To know that I was the one who raised them according to my ideas and principles instead of somebody else! Being a Stay At Home Mom has been the most fulfilling “job” in my entirely life! We never drove the newest car or had the biggest home or wore the most popular brands, but we were probably happier than those that did, b/c we have been always together as families are meant to be!

  3. Nadine says:

    I don’t agree 100%, but I am happy for those who do!

  4. nathankathy says:

    Thanks. I hope my main point wasn’t lost, though. I’m not really trying to sing the praises of staying home with kids – although there are many many benefits to that. It’s more trying to critique a society that makes something like staying home with kids almost impossible. And I think the root of the problem is money. I know the common conception is that our society is based on freedom, personal rights, etc, but to me it seems like it is solely based on the love of money. And that is a form of enslavement.

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