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Women and Children First: Saving us from the Chaos of our Culture 1 Cor 11:1-16

Happy Mother's Day

When You Thought I Wasn't Looking
When you thought I wasn't looking you hung my first painting on the refrigerator, and I wanted to paint another. When you thought I wasn't looking you fed a stray cat, and I thought it was good to be kind to animals. When you thought I wasn't looking you baked a birthday cake just for me, and I knew that some things were special. When you thought I wasn't looking you prayed, and I believed there was a God that I could talk to. When you thought I wasn't looking you kissed me good-night, and I felt loved When you thought I wasn't looking I saw tears come from your eyes, and I learned that sometimes things hurt--but that it's all right to cry. When you thought I wasn't looking you smiled, and I wanted to be everything I could be. When you thought I wasn't looking--I looked . . . and wanted to say thanks for all those things you did when you thought I wasn't looking.

In the Communist Manifesto of 1848, Karl Marx, called for the abolition of the family. The making of the “New Man” was the priority, and to Marx, the family and the churches views on the family were the greatest obstacles. “Communists”, he wrote in the Manifesto, would “rescue education from the influence of the ruling class.” Marx said that communism would ensure that children would be educated by the state and not by their parents.

While Karl Marx was spewing his venom… in the same period there was a missionary to china named Hudson Taylor who pointed to a more timeless way:

“There are three great truths, 1st, That there is a God; 2nd, That He has spoken to us in the Bible; 3rd, That He means what He says.” —  Hudson Taylor
“God means just what he says, and God will do all the he has promised.” Hudson Taylor

We need to reinforce these truths...


In 1 Cor 11, we are reminded the family structure was not modeled in the Greek or Roman culture in which the church found itself. The Corinthian church was in a very Hellenized city, and so many of the Jews in that city had adopted the greek and roman cultural ways.