Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, and St. Augustine have more in common than an undying legacy—they all had outstanding mothers whose love and guidance helped shape them into men who made history. Today, the role of motherhood has become synonymous with anti-feminism, and women are discouraged from choosing family over career and looked down upon if they do. This view has become so widely adopted, that motherhood has lost its importance and is seen as a lesser role in society.
In this full length sermon, Dr. D. James Kennedy refutes the idea that traditional motherhood is oppressive and shows just how essential mothers are to a successful society. He describes the lives of great men, such as Timothy from the New Testament, and shows the important influence their mothers had upon them as evidence of the powerful impact of motherhood. Dr. Kennedy also shows that a mother’s bond with her child is not only necessary but it is irreplaceable, and when it is absent, the child can suffer long-term effects. While the successes and accomplishments of women in different areas of society are admirable, motherhood should never be denigrated. It is necessary for the welfare of society and should be given priority among the career choices women can make.
Even though today’s feminists view raising children as a severe limitation, this could not be more false. Raising a child means having a direct impact on society and is, therefore, a form of empowerment. Motherhood is unique because it gives women a lasting and significant authority over how our world is run in the present and in the future. Nineteenth century poet William Ross Wallace put it best when he said, “For the hand that rocks the cradle/ Is the hand that rules the world.”