Category Archives: Feminism

The Transgender Wars: A Covert Assault on Femininity

Transgender paradeThe debate over Transgender Restrooms, Dressing rooms and Locker rooms recently rose from the dustpan of the trivial to a national hullabaloo after President Barack Hussein Obama declared an assault on childhood innocence, feminine grace, and moral sanity in the twilight months of his second and final term in office.

Understanding liberals estimate the Transgender crowd to be a paltry .03%, we are left wondering why the president, the LGBTQ crowd, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Education (DOE) suddenly feel an urgency to carry out a coordinated assault against the American public in the most private of matters…one’s use of public restrooms, dressing rooms, showers and locker rooms. For me, even more intriguing is why corporations like Target, whose lifeblood is catering to families, would jump on the bandwagon of moral depravity to their own harm.target

The federal government’s incursion into the private lives of the citizens of North Carolina after its legislature passed and the governor signed a statewide policy (House Bill 2, the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act) on the use of public bathrooms corresponding to one’s biological birth is not only oppressive, but an overreach of the federal government and an assault on State’s Rights. Rather than question President Obama’s motivation, his end goal and purpose for stirring up a torrent of indignation over an issue that, to my knowledge, had never been a topic for him, his administration or the Democratic Party; we should focus on the effect of this maniacal offensive on American society. Why risk a backlash of criticism in the twilight months of his final term or enrage the American public in an election year?

From the beginning of his presidency, seven long years ago, this president’s liberal, socialistic ideology has stunned many by its lack of traditional family values, common sense and moral decency. I believe there is a “method to his madness” and the Transgender bathroom debate is no exception. The president’s directive through his U. S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division on May 13, 2016 set in motion an intended firestorm as the president through fiat apart from the rule of law, assigned to “Gender Identity” an equal standing with race and minority civil rights. Using the “power of the purse” and the threat of litigation, the president has threatened the federal funds of public school meal programs of institutions that do not comply to his will. In effect, the president and his administration are so bent on catering to the LGBTQ crowd and their amoral cohorts they will take the crumbs out of our children’s mouths if schools, teachers, coaches, administrators, and parents do not comply with his definition of morality.

Gay pride flagAcross America, children, parents, teachers, administrators, and school boards are facing the reality that, should this president, the DOJ and DOE have their way, designated restrooms, showers and locker rooms are no longer havens of privacy and security.

You are mistaken if you believe the battle raging over Transgenders and their access to public school restrooms, showers, and locker rooms of the sex with whom they “self-identify” has anything to do with the civil rights of a minority group. This issue is not about Title IX civil rights that states simply, “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance”.

I agree in principle with those who see the president’s “Transgender restroom” demands as a threat to the innocence of our children; however, I submit there is a more diabolical purpose. I believe President Obama, the DOJ and DOE, the LGBTQ crowd, feminists, and liberals who hate America’s Christian heritage and support the inane “self-identification” movement are in effect the adversaries of femininity, feminine grace, and womanhood. They are adversaries of the fairer sex and a threat to the safety, security, and privacy of our wives and daughters when they are most vulnerable…in the privacy of their restrooms, dressing rooms, showers, and locker rooms.

motherhoodLet’s be honest, it is not our sons who are endangered by this leftist’s insanity; it is our daughters, wives and mothers whose safety and honor is threatened! The idea of male chivalry, respect and honor for the fairer sex is foreign to liberal idealists who would relegate our daughters to the battlefront of social engineering while they take refuge in their ivory towers of “self-identification”.

Feminists who support this madness are themselves at war with true femininity. They are cohorts of a president whose ideology I fear is directly infected (and yes, that is my word of choice), by his Muslim roots that too often denigrates women to serve as the possessions and property of their fathers and husbands.

The “Transgender Restroom” war is not about the civil rights of .03%.  The president and his cronies would love for us to be invested in that battle and the noble cause of protecting our children; however, the real battle is an assault on the femininity and psychological well-being of our daughters, wives, and mothers.

Allowing boys and men to enter the privacy of girl’s restrooms, showers, locker rooms and dressing rooms is psychological rape and strips from our daughters, wives, and mothers the noble vestiges of feminine grace and discretion.

Copyright 2016 – Travis D. Smith

Eight Tenets of Feminine Graces (conclusion)

senior coupleI have seen my share of family heartaches, divorces, and family dissolutions in 37 years of ministry.  What was rare in my youth, divorces and broken homes, has become epidemic in the 21st century.  There have been rare instances when one spouse appeared to be the cancer of a marriage; however, the majority of divorces and family failures I have observed have come as a result of both husband and wife bent on “marital self-destruction”.  Having officiated at many weddings, it has been my sorrow to observe youthful love deteriorate into bitterness and strife.

Because the emphasis of this devotional series has been primarily the older women’s responsibility to be “teachers of good things” (Titus 2:3), our focus has been the spiritual disciplines and feminine graces to which young wives and mothers are to aspire (Titus 2:4-5).  Before I conclude the challenge to young women, allow me the liberty of a personal observation: The foremost reason for separation and divorce in our churches has been, in my experience, husbands failing to “love their wives” with a Christlike, self-sacrificing love (Ephesians 5:25, 28, 33).older couple

In his letter to Titus, the apostle Paul challenged Titus to “speak [tell; proclaim] thou the things which become [befit; proper; fitting] sound [i.e. true; whole] doctrine [teaching; learning; instruction]” (Titus 2:1).  My study of the eight tenets of feminine graces concludes today by focusing on what radical feminism would consider the most controversial of all…the older women were to teach the young women to be “good, obedient to their own husbands” (Titus 2:5d).

Titus 2:4-5 – “That they [older women] may teach the young women to be sober [exercising sound judgment; prudent], to love [be affectionate for] their husbands, to love [affectionate for] their children, 5 To be discreet [soberminded], chaste [holy; pure from carnality; free from evil], keepers at [workers in the] home, good [honorable; pleasing to God], obedient [subordinate to; ranking under; submitting] to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed [reproached; discredited].”

The “good” listed in Titus 2:5 is a virtue that expresses kindness, compassion and tenderness.  Rather than the “bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour” (Ephesians 4:31) that often surfaces in a marriage and home, the Christian wife is to model a kind, tender-hearted, forgiving spirit as she has experienced the same in Christ (Ephesians 4:32).

Love your wivesTo be obedient to their own husbandis the eighth feminine grace older women were to model and teach to young women (2:5).  In addition to being a command, a wife’s submission to her husband carries this burden: “that the word of God be not blasphemed [reproached; discredited](Titus 2:5).

Failure to be God’s kind of woman not only dishonors the Word of God, but is spiritually devastating to the home, church and nation.  A rebellious, contentious wife dishonors the Word of God and makes hollow her profession of faith in Christ.

In summary, a woman professing faith in Christ should reflect in her words and actions eight disciplines:  Sound spiritual judgment; unconditional love for her husband and children; discreet; morally innocent; a keeper of her home; a good spirit; and obedient to her husband.

Copyright 2016 – Travis D. Smith

“Mom, I’m home!”

keepers at homeTopic: Eight Tenets of Feminine Graces (part 3) (Titus 2:4-5)

Today’s study of the “good things” (Titus 2:3) older women were to teach young wives and mothers focuses on the sixth of eight tenets of feminine graces Paul listed in Titus 2:4-5. Having begun with a directive for Titus to “speak thou the things which become sound doctrine” (2:1), Paul writes:

Titus 2:4-5 – “That they [older women] may teach the young women to be sober [exercising sound judgment; prudent], to love [be affectionate for] their husbands, to love [affectionate for] their children, 5 To be discreet [soberminded], chaste [holy; pure from carnality; free from evil], keepers at [workers in the] home, good [honorable; pleasing to God], obedient [subordinate to; ranking under; submitting] to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed [reproached; discredited].”

In review, older women were to urge their younger counterparts “to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 To be discreet, [and] chaste…” (Titus 2:4-5a).   At the risk of infuriating radical feminists, Paul adds a sixth discipline of feminine grace for young wives and mothers: “keepers at home” (Titus 2:5b).

Some may think, “There he goes! I knew the preacher would get around to putting every single mom and working mother on a guilt trip!”  I assure you that is not my purpose or motive; however, we would be foolish to not consider what Paul meant when he exhorted young women to be “keepers at home”.

Promotional portrait of the cast of the television show, 'Leave It To Beaver,' circa 1959. Clockwise (from top): American actors Tony Dow, Hugh Beaumont, Barbara Billingsley and Jerry Mathers. (Photo by R. Gates/Courtesy of Getty Images)

Promotional portrait of the cast of the television show, ‘Leave It To Beaver,’ circa 1959. Clockwise (from top): American actors Tony Dow, Hugh Beaumont, Barbara Billingsley and Jerry Mathers. (Photo by R. Gates/Courtesy of Getty Images)

The revered titles of homemaker, housewife and “stay at home mom” are not only rare, but mocked by a society that prioritizes profession, pleasures and possessions above the interests of children.  I have cherished memories of coming home from school knowing my mother was waiting to greet my siblings and me.  My “Leave It to Beaver” childhood, like the one pictured in the television series that ran from 1957-1963, is rare today, if not extinct altogether.  The economic reality of the past 40 years has driven many families to the necessity of both parents working to provide a home and economic security.  Additionally, moral erosion and an epidemic of marital infidelity has pressed many women out of the nurturing role of mom and into workplaces that drain them physically and emotionally.

“Keepers at home”, especially in a world of laboring and time-saving appliances (washing machines, dryers, dishwashers, electric stoves and ovens), are able to enjoy many roles; however, none more important than family and home.  Let it be said, the greatest expression of a young woman’s love for her husband and family is to keep her home clean, uncluttered and happy.

Fat lazy guy on the couchBy the way, pity the wife of a narcissistic husband who expects his wife to toil at work and then come home to bear the responsibilities of the home while he and the children lounge in self-indulgence.

To be continued…

Copyright 2016 – Travis D. Smith

Professor Higgins, Your dream has come true!

Bruce-Caitlyn JennerTopic: Eight Tenets of Feminine Graces (part 2) (Titus 2:4-5)

Radical feminism’s boorish obsession with equality has become a cancer threatening marriage, home, and family.

The Broadway musical and classic movie “My Fair Lady” is an illustrative reminder of how much western civilization has eroded in 60 years.  The plot of the musical, first premiering on Broadway in 1956, centers on a bet between two Englishmen, a professor Henry Higgins and his friend Pickering.  Professor Higgins wagers he can take a simple, “uncivilized” flower street urchin and, through lessons in speech and etiquette, pass her off as a lady.  Among the many beautiful songs in the musical is one humorously titled, “A Hymn to Him” in which Professor Higgins bemoans the differences between men and women.  Higgins, openly expressing his frustration with Eliza, played by Audrey Hepburn, finds himself falling for her precisely because of the somewhat frustrating, sometimes maddening differences between men and women.  Higgins observes the following…Fair Lady

Women are irrational, that’s all there is to that!

Their heads are full of cotton, hay, and rags!

They’re nothing but exasperating, irritating,

vacillating, calculating, agitating,

Maddening and infuriating hags!

 

Why does ev’ryone do what the others do?

Can’t a woman learn to use her head?

Why do they do ev’rything their mothers do?

Why don’t they grow up- well, like their father instead?

Why can’t a woman take after a man?

Men are so pleasant, so easy to please;

Wherever you’re with them, you’re always at ease.

I fear professor Higgins observations regarding the wonderful and complementary differences between men and women no longer holds true in a culture that has become so inane it entertains the foolishness of those who allow for “self-identification” with the opposite sex.  Professor Higgins’ wish that “ a woman take after a man” has sadly come true as radical feminism’s boorish obsession with equality has become a cancer threatening marriage, family, and society.

Higgins’ observation that young women learn to “do ev’rything their mothers do” is precisely the reason Titus was to challenge older women to be “teachers of good things” (Titus 2:3).  Rather than follow their peers, young women were to look to the “aged women” for instruction in eight spiritual disciplines.  We considered three of the eight disciplines in an earlier devotion.  Older women are to teach young women “to be sober, to love their husbands, [and] to love their children” (Titus 2:4).old teaching the young

Titus 2:5 “To be discreet [soberminded], chaste [holy; pure from carnality; free from evil], keepers at [workers in the] home, good [honorable; pleasing to God], obedient [subordinate to; ranking under; submitting] to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed [reproached; discredited].”

The fourth tenet of feminine grace older women were to teach the younger is “to be discreet” (2:4a), literally “sober minded”.  Radical feminism has introduced into mainstream America the opposite; silliness, partying and drunkenness have become the trait of a gender that rejects discipline and discretion as a feminine grace and discipline.  Models themselves, the older women were to challenge the young women to be sensible, exercising good judgment.

The fifth tenet of feminine grace and discipline is chastity.  Granted, society has changed and the notion of chastity and fidelity has been relegated to Victorian taste; however, God’s Word has not changed and God’s will is that young women would be “chaste” in attitude, appearance and action.  Paul directed Timothy to teach women in the church to reflect in their dress and manner a modesty that is lost in our day of selfies and brazen nudity.

immodesty1 Timothy 2:9-10 – “In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness [modest, rather than brazen demeanor] and sobriety [exercising good judgment and restraint]; not with broided hair [elaborate design], or gold, or pearls, or costly [expensive] array; 10 But (which becometh [befits] women professing godliness) with good works.”

The inconvenient truth is the dress and conduct of the average young woman in our churches today is far from “chaste”.  Rather than that “which becometh women professing godliness” (1 Timothy 2:10), too many young women, wives and mothers identify more with Madonna and Taylor Swift than with the Bible’s exhortation that wives are to adorn themselves in a “meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price” (1 Peter 3:4).

To be continued….

Copyright 2016 – Travis D. Smith

Eight Tenets of Feminine Graces and Disciplines (part 1)

modest womenIn earlier devotions we have reflected on the apostle Paul’s exhortation to Titus that he would challenge and instruct four age groups in the churches; older men, older women, young women and young men.  Having considered the challenge to the “aged men” and the “aged women”, we turn our focus to eight “good things” (Titus 2:3) the “aged women” were to teach  “young women” (Titus 2:4-5).

Who were the “young women”?  I have suggested the “aged women” were beyond age-bearing and age-rearing years (50 years and older); therefore, for the sake of our study, I will categorize the “young women” as women of marriageable age, in the child-bearing and child-rearing years (up to 50 years old).  The “aged women” (whose character was the subject of my May 11, 2016 study) were to instruct the “young women” in eight spiritual disciplines.miley cyrus

Titus 2:4-5 That they [older women] may teach the young women to be sober [exercising sound judgment; prudent], to love [be affectionate for] their husbands, to love [affectionate for] their children, 5 To be discreet [soberminded], chaste [holy; pure from carnality; free from evil], keepers at [workers in the] home, good [honorable; pleasing to God], obedient [subordinate to; ranking under; submitting] to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed [reproached; discredited].

“To be sober” is the first spiritual discipline older women were to teach the younger women.  A “sober” woman is by definition a sensible, well-mannered woman of good judgment.  In a culture dominated by scurrilous young women like Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swfit and Ariana Grande who serve as the antithesis of a “sober” women (2:4a), our churches are desperate for women who will model and teach the young women “to be sober”.

young couple.jpgThe aged women were also to challenge the young women to “love their husbands” (2:4).  While the husband is commanded to love his wife with a self-sacrificing love, “as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for it” (Ephesians 5:22), the young wives were to be taught to embrace their roles as their husband’s helpmeet (Genesis 2:18) and love him with an affection she would show to none other.

The third discipline the older women were to impart to the younger women was “to love their children(2:4).  One would think this discipline is a natural, maternal instinct; however, when you remember the sinfulness of the human heart and our society’s tolerance, even its celebration of abortions, we realize the necessity of older women teaching young women to “love their children”.  mom with children  21st century mothers are facing enormous pressures to be everything but loving moms; however, apart from her relationship with the LORD and her husband, a young woman’s responsibility to her children is supreme.  Provide for them, teach them, discipline them, and pray for them.

In my opinion, too many couples are pouring their energies into careers, pleasures and pets and failing to aspire to the highest role—parenting eternal souls!

I will continue this devotional study in Titus 2 tomorrow.

Copyright 2016 – Travis D. Smith

Radical Feminism’s Assault on the Tenets of Feminine Graces

PayPal Gender WarsThe changes in our nation and world in my lifetime have been nothing short of extraordinary.  I have neither the time, space, or desire to enumerate even a few of the changes since this is a devotional blog and not a book; however, if my grandparents and great-grandparents were able to drop in for an earthly visit, would they not consider our world to be in the midst of moral lunacy?  For instance:

Are we so inane we need to debate the moral acceptability of presuming boys will use the boy’s locker room and girls the girl’s locker room?  [By the way, Christian and private schools have been fighting this idiocy for years while your public schools have accommodated it!]

Has the presidency of the United States become some irrelevant that the authority and leadership of the most powerful office in the world is engaging in bathroom wars while the Middle East is burning and Russia and China are building their military?Loretta Lynch

While liberal lunatics assault North Carolina’s right to protect the privacy of the 99.7% who expect privacy when nature calls, Attorney General Loretta Lynch lectures us on “transgender civil rights”…Really?

And now a word from the Word: “Have ye not read, that He which made them at the beginning made them male and female, 5  And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?” (Matthew 19:4-5)

God created male and femaleMy friend, God, not man, defined the roles of the man and woman and entertaining the idea of transgenderism, like sodomy, trivializes the most basic, fundamental principle of nature:  God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them.” (Genesis 1:27)

The role of the “younger women” is the subject of today’s verses in Titus 2:4-5.  Paul has exhorted Titus to instruct the “aged men” to be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience (Titus 2:2) and the “aged women to be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things” (Titus 2:3).  The “aged women” were in turn to instruct the “younger women”.

Titus 2:4-5 – “That they [the aged women] may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, 5  To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.”

Most of my readers realize those verses, Titus 2:4-5, will send radical feminists into a frenzy of bitter attacks and vitriolic words.  Why?  Can we not embrace the different roles of husband and wife, father and mother, and accept those differences are essential for a well-balanced, nurturing home?  No wonder society is overwhelmed by dysfunctional children, teens and young adults; denying the very premise of God’s creative order has left us not only aimless, but foolish.

Bathroom warsRomans 1:22, 24, 26-27a – “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools…24  Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves… 26  For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 27  And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men…”

We will consider in our next devotion eight qualities the “aged women” were to instruct the “younger women”.   I will close with my amplification of Titus 2:4-5.

Titus 2:4-5 That they [older women] may teach the young women to be sober [exercising sound judgment; prudent], to love [be affectionate for] their husbands, to love [affectionate for] their children, 5 To be discreet [soberminded], chaste [holy; pure from carnality; free from evil], keepers at [workers in the] home, good [honorable; pleasing to God], obedient [subordinate to; ranking under; submitting] to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed [reproached; discredited].

With the heart of a shepherd,

Pastor Smith

Copyright 2016 – Travis D. Smith

Radical Feminism vs. The Tenets of Feminine Graces

wife attackign husbandTitus 2:4-5 – “That they [the aged women] may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, 5  To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.”

We continue our study of Titus 2 by turning our focus to the “young women” of the church (Titus 2:4-5).

Today’s verses are the antithesis of 21st century politically correctness.  The “young women’s” role described in Titus 2:4-5 was the aspiration of young women a century ago, but today they are the scorn of many.  If you wonder where the responsibility lies for the aspersion of motherhood, the moral decline of our culture, and the erosion of traditional marriage and family, you need look first at the influence of radical feminism.

feminismRadical, revolutionary feminism has dominated the Women’s movement in America for a ½ century and the detrimental effect has been the diminishing of femininity and the ravaging of marriage and motherhood. It is no surprise that the masculinizing of women and the emasculation of men has given rise to “transsexuals” demanding the right to invade the sanctity of the most private arena…dressing rooms, showers, and bathrooms.  To hammer the final nail into America’s cultural coffin is the rabid vitriolic tone of the LGBTQ left in harmony with our own federal government’s radical sexual exploitation of our youth.  Adding to the moral depravity is the inane support of American corporations like Target who are bent on their own suicidal demise!

feminist symbolThe loss of “feminine grace” and refinement is one of the great voids in America’s homes, communities and churches.  The “Women’s Movement” pursued and won some noble causes such as “the Right to Vote, Civil Rights and Equal Pay for Equal Work”; however, what began as a movement with high ideals has, since the 1960’s, been hijacked by radical feminists who reject not only the doctrine, “the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world”, but belittle the traditional role of the wife and mother.  In its wake, radical feminism has eroded marriage between one man and one woman, disdained the role of the husband and father, and promoted the perversity of sodomy.  No wonder we find ourselves living in a culture so perverse that defining human sexuality as male and female is disparaged.

My friend, irrespective of the howls of protest, let it be said with authority, God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them.” (Genesis 1:27)

To be continued….

Copyright 2016 – Travis D. Smith