Last night in my American women’s history class, we were learning/talking about wives and mothers in the 50’s and 60’s and how these women, after working outside the home and finding fulfillment in their jobs during the war, didn’t want to go back to being “just” housewives after their men came home. Feminists saw this discontent and latched onto it like a flee on a dog’s leg. They encouraged housewives to be discontented with what they had and told them there was nothing wrong with wanting to be more than “just” a housewife. After all, being a wife and mother really wasn’t anything of significance. To put it more succinctly, there was nothing wrong for housewives to put their own happiness as the greatest pursuit in their life.
A generation or so later, what do we have? Our divorce rate is at 50%. Promiscuity, affairs and spousal abandonment have skyrocketed. 2 to 3 out of every 4 girls is carrying at least one STD. We have unplanned pregnancies (70% of girls in the black community), thousands of abortions a year, and unwed teen mothers living off the government. There have never been more women on antidepressants as what we’re seeing today. Child delinquency is at an all-time high as children are raised by day care providers and teachers instead of loving and involved parents.
And people have never been more discontented with their lives. This is what happens, ladies and gentlemen, when we’re selfish and put our own happiness and contentment and fulfillment ahead of everything else. If you can’t learn to be content with what you have now (no matter how good or bad!), you will never be content. Paul says in Philippians 4:12 “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.”
Why are people so blind? Can they not see what a generation of pursuing happiness above all else has gotten us? I wish we could go back to a time when men and women may have been less than happy with their lives but still did what was right and upheld their commitment to their spouse, their children, their families, their community, and their God.