April 29, 2009
“Head of Household” is not a Biblical concept. It’s not in the Bible. If it’s sounds familiar it’s because there is ignorance on the topic. Tradition. The Biblical term is “Head of the Wife.”
Today I came upon the word “housewife.” I’ve always understood that to mean “stay-at-home mom.” But it’s often used interchangeably with the word “wife.”
I wonder if our culture
which elevates the house
owning a home
filling it with stuff
creating a space
supplementing our identity with our purchases
has married us off to our stuff
rather than each other.
The Head is no longer attached to his wife, the holy image-of-God created other person. He is the Head of a House.
The wife is now a housewife, married to her home.
I like homes. I walk past them and admire what people can do with them. I’ve lived in nice ones. But it makes a lot of sense to me, when I look at the state of our economy, and the life goals of most people I know (almost all include “owning a home”) that perhaps “the biggest, most significant purchase you’ll ever make in your whole life” – basically the epitome of “stuff” has taken over the role of what is at the centre of our hopes and dreams.
People are the only eternal things.