TODAY’S SCRIPTURE: Proverbs 31:24
She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes.
Some Christian groups of traditional Proverbs 31 women contend that two-income couples are blurring the lines between male and female roles. They are missing the point. The economy has changed, and modern families have had to change right along with it.
Since the end of World War II, two income families have been the norm rather than the exception. Gone are the days when the father worked in a secure job, while the mother raised the family and ran the home.
A husband can easily lose his job due to restructuring, leaving the family in a dire financial position. Many couples like the security of having the second income to fall back on; they try to live on one income while they save from the other. Some families simply cannot survive on one income and need the second to help cover household expenses.
Even in a family where the husband makes a higher than average income, the wife might have a career she enjoys, and there is no reason why she should give it up. Naturally, her family is more important (although there may be situations when her job is more imperative) and it in no way is detrimental to her marriage or children.
These situations—as the religious groups suggest—do not imply a defect in the husband’s ability to support his family, nor do they send a negative message to him to that effect. Instead, they demonstrate the flexibility of Proverbs 31. Even if she has a career, a woman is still the heart of her home.