By Bryan Fischer
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Hilary Rosen famously told Anderson Cooper of CNN the other day that Ann Romney, a stay-at-home mom, has “never worked a day in her life.” She pulled a pin on the grenade and dropped it in the middle of the room.
This all-too-typical elitist arrogance from an ardent, winger-left lesbian feminist was too much even for the Obama campaign, which has spent the last two days trying to get as far away from Ms. Rosen as they possibly can while remaining on U.S. territory.
This despite the fact that the visitors log at the White House indicates that Ms. Rosen has made no less than 39 visits to the White House, including five sit-downs with the president of the United States himself.
The reaction from White House and campaign personnel has been illuminating, since they are eating one of their own - a pro-gay, anti-natural marriage ruling class Democrat who despises ordinary Americans just as much as they do.
Unfortunately for Ms. Rosen, her comments have foundered on the rock of reality and the laws of nature and nature’s God. She hit an iceberg and her boat has already plunged to the bottom of the sea.
The vast majority of Americans - that is, those outside the smug and self-important inside-the-Beltway D.C. crowd - know that God himself has designed women for motherhood, that motherhood is the highest possible calling for a woman, and that turning children into mature, responsible adults is the most important task in the world.
Only clueless, nose-in-the-air liberals don’t get it.
God has designed women with the biological capacity to conceive, bear and nurture children, and granted them an emotional make-up to match. A recent study from the U.K. reinforced the common-sense and biblical notion that the psychological differences between men and women are not a result of conditioning, as our leftist friends irrationally want us to believe, but are innate differences that are built into our very DNA. No amount of social re-engineering can scrub our humanity of these engraved qualities, writ by the hand of God himself.
These differences go back to the creation of our first parents. On page one of the Scriptures, we read that that God created two sexes, “male and female.” There are not six (or more) genders as our pro-homosexual friends want us to believe, but only two. Male and female, that’s it. There is no gay, lesbian, bi-sexual or transgendered sexual identity in the laws of nature or nature’s God. This reality can be denied, but denying reality does not make a man enlightened, it only makes him a fool.
An individual is either male or female in every single cell of his (or her) body, and no amount of hormone therapy or genital reconstruction will ever change that. Not even Donald Trump, who is letting a surgically-mutilated man run for Miss Universe, can alter God-ordained reality.
In Genesis 3, where we find the record of the impact of sin on the human condition, we discover that God himself confirms the fundamental difference between men and women: women have been created to be nurturers, men to be providers.
Working together, they would fulfill God’s cultural mandate, expressed in Genesis 1:28: “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth” (the woman’s role) and “subdue it and have dominion over...every living thing” (the man’s role).
Woman, God himself says in Genesis 3, will experience the impact of sin and fallen humanity in her family while the man will experience it in his work. The entrance of sin into the human race would, for Eve, result in increased pain in bearing (and by implication, raising) children and in her relationship with her husband, while the man would encounter the damaging effects of sin in his work.
To the woman, God says, “I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing, in pain you shall bring forth children” (Gen. 3:16). To the man, he says, “Cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you” (Gen. 3:16-17).
The Creator-God designed woman to have an internal focus, making a home for her husband and children. The same God designed man to have an external focus, conquering the world and extending man’s vice-regency over all created things. Adam was designed to be out in the world slaying dragons while Eve was designed to be at home raising up the next generation of dragon-slayers.
The same difference in orientation is reaffirmed in the New Testament. In Titus 2, Paul passes on instructions to older women who have completed the task of raising children to adulthood. They, he says, “are to teach what is good, and to train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, working at home” (Titus 2:3-5, emphasis mine).
So women were designed to be “home workers.” Do they work? Of course they do. They work at home, they work in the home, they devote their energy and gifts and creativity to raising up the next generation of mothers and fathers. No work on earth is more important than that.
And work it is. When our children were at home, my wife’s days were longer than mine. She worked from before the sun rose until long after it set. The writer of Proverbs observes, “She rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household” (Proverbs 31:15).
All of this is emphatically not to say that the Bible mandates that a woman is somehow not permitted to work outside the home. That is a choice each couple must make for themselves. But survey after survey reveal that around 75% of working moms wish they could work less outside the home and devote their full energies to the noble task of creating a nurturing environment for their husbands and children.
Woe to a nation - and to candidates for public office - who lose sight of that.
Bottom line: according to the Bible, Ann Romney is right, and Hilary Rosen is wrong. And in a burst of bipartisan comity, even Barack Obama, Jay Carney and David Axelrod agree with Republicans on this one.
(Unless otherwise noted, the opinions expressed are the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the views of the American Family Association or American Family Radio.)