In all of this discussion about whether Jackie Kennedy’s marriage was antiquated and unrealistic for today’s society, something profound is missing: the gospel. When Paul tells Titus to have the older women train the younger women in how to conduct themselves in the family, it was not so they could have a perfect, well-mannered, orderly home. It wasn’t so people would look in and praise them for their devotion to their husbands. It wasn’t so the outlying community would marvel at how submissive they were. Instead, Paul tells Titus it is so God will get the glory, and people will see him as infinitely valuable (Titus 2:5
). Biblical womanhood is not getting all your opinions from your husband and only speaking when spoken to. Yes, we have opinions. Yes, we offer them. But when the decision time comes, God gets glory when we graciously submit to the leadership of our husbands, even when our opinion might be different. That’s a very different rendering of womanhood than the one presented by Kennedy.