I know this will stir up some argument but you asked.
Welcome aboard please check to see if you have a thick skin
I am a Christian so I see this question from a totally different angle then some.
So are the Roman Catholics, Southern Baptists, Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormons, United Church members, even a small minority of Unitarian Universalists, Amish.
I feel women can have jobs to help the husband and family, of course I am now talking about a married woman. I do not believe that women should work on a carrier unless they plan on having NO family and I feel that all women should be more womanly like then what a lot of them are today.
So a woman can't have a job and the husband be a stay at home dad?
Today we have a lot of liberated women who feel they have to be better then a man, emotionally and physically. Married women should put most of their attention on their family, raising children and such. Unmarried women should be trying to get married and having children.
Women and other minorities have a history of being treated as second class citzens with less respect and rights. Making marriage the great goal for a women continues in that tradition. There is nothing wrong with marriage ut there is nothing wrong with having other aspirations and dreams, including children, marriage, and a carrer. Or a combination of any of those. I firmly believe men need to be more involved in their childrens lives in a positive manner. You make sound like the responsiblity of the family is the womans responsiblity. I disagree with that.
Even as a Christian.
Those that do not want a family can work any job fit for a female. I do not think women need to try and be men nor do I feel they, women, have something to prove, like they are just as good as a man. I do feel that women in the same line of work as men should have the same opportunity as a man for advancement and raises.
So women and men in the same line of work deserve equal pay, yet that doesn't happen. And what type of job is fit for a female? That is a perfect example of a discrimintory attitude. That alone show not treating them as an equal, with that attitude they go into a job with a strike against them. That is not very christian.
I think our society needs to go back a little in time and treat women as a woman, not as a man and not as a sex object. I do think if more mothers were at home when Johnny got home from school we would have less trouble with our children then we do now, this is only part of the problem with have today.
Promise Keepers must love you. Sorry while it sounds nice it is a bogus statement. Setting the clocks back to what the 50's where women as the homemaker were constantly discriminated in the workforce. Where women in workforce were discriminated against at the home becuase they had jobs. When the homemakers were taking medication to deal with the stress of the homelife. The 50's were not leave it to beaver.
The 40's were women were called into the workforce to do all those jobs that men were called away to do and raise families. So I guess those jobs and children can't work.
The 20's when women had to protest during WWI in order to get the right to vote. maybe they should stay at home and not vote. maybe they should be forced to wear dresses that don't show their ankles and blouses that ran all the way up to their neck, ad a hat and an umbrella you have the fashion. All you need is a veil and you have a Burkka with frills.
So not being at home when the kids get home is to difficult for the dad. I know to many dads who pick up their kids from school. I had to walk home from school or ride my bike. Neither of my parents picked me up. I was one of many latch key kids of the 70's and 80's. Fortunatly there was a sense of community with my neighbors and I would go to a friends and do homework until one of my parents came home or I would go home on my own. My parents managed to instill discipline in me without having to hoover over me 24/7. Maybe more parents could try that. Also there if the neighbors have kids and don't mind watching the kids for a little while until one of the parents get home that is a good thing. Community is about as Christian as it gets. Having one neighbor watch one week and then rotating is similar to what happened when I was very young. By 6 I was coming home. I knew if there was any problems how to call my parents and my neighbors.
Treating women as second class citzens and not giving them a good level of self esteem is bogus and putting a christian tag on it insults other christians who don't agree with that. Just because women give birth does not make them less in the workforce than men. Giving woment the chance to prove that has shown women can be career minded and have a family, they can be leaders. They can have an impact on society. Look at all the women inventors and see how many have families.
I don't see any reason a woman cannot do a job a man can do and have a family. If want to use the bible as you reasons for your stand that is fine. Remember others read Achintya Bheda Abheda, the Koran, the koan, the torah, or others. Some don't believe in god at all.