I'd like to draw your attention to the latest post by Lydia Sherman on the role of Christian women within the home. They say great minds always think alike:) This very topic has been on my mind lately. I think it's rather silly to expect traditional Christian housewives to go out and start slaying dragons. Someone needs to stay home and keep the home fires burning.
I notice that a lot of women nowadays are very restless and seem to be unable to simply stay home and enjoy life. They must be out and about, and preferably have a cause to fight for. Now it's not always bad to be passionate about something, however, a lot of ladies get obsessed with saving the world to such a degree that they have little or no energy to devote to simple domestic life. In fact, it's universally seen as boring, compared to saving orphans somewhere in a far-away country or similar enterprises.
In the times past, the women who devoted themselves to these activities were nuns and they stayed in those countries their whole life. Even though I'm a Protestant myself, I see the positive side of such a model. A single lady who has dedicated herself to her religion and serving others can do a lot of good, however, the wives and mothers already have their own ministry and place of serving others - their own families and people around them, relatives and friends.
Housewives who simply choose to stay home, tend to their family and mind their own business are sometimes made to feel guilty for "not participating in society". Creating a peaceful home life, managing family finances, cooking healthy meals, taking care of your husband, bearing and raising children to be productive citizens IS participating in society. And anyway, since we live in a free society, I would say that a person has every right to be a hermit if he chooses to.
BTW, someone who is a Cristian should be aware of the power and importance of the prayer. Praying is something which can perfectly well be done at home, so the housewife can try and make the world a better place without even leaving her house! Titus 2 gives clear instructions to (married) Christian women and being a social justice warrior is not one of them.