Anne of Green Gables: The Ideal Marriage

Mrs. Lynde says that sound doctrine in the man and good housekeeping in the woman make an ideal combination for a minister’s family.

p. 206

This would be blasphemous today—at least the good housekeeping part, if not the other, too. But should it be? No, of course not, and in reading Anne of Green Gables one sees Mrs. Allen is far more than a good housekeeper, but she’s not less; in the later book Rainbow Valley, we see the loss that occurs without a mother—despite the father’s sound doctrine. The culture says that the unique gifts of husband and wife are not necessary. The culture is wrong. 

We have cut off our nose to spite our face. We have relegated gender roles to the ash heap and society suffers. We read statements like the above and fail to fathom anything beyond a narrow, prejudiced reading. Thus we paint with too broad a brush, a condemning brush, a brush that seeks to cancel. And it is hypocritical nonsense as all men and women are depraved and all men and women are made in the image of God. The collective is a lousy substitute for justice or truth. 

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