I still hear those preachers from time to time. They still say the same thing. “But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” I’m not here to debate theology, but that’s not what that verse is talking about. I know it. You know it. They know it. But still they are convinced that I’m sinning because my wife is employed outside the home. They would condemn my friend Mark who is a stay-at-home dad. They would condemn him without even knowing him. They’re wrong. Is our situation perfect? No. Is it ideal? Far from it. Are we doing the best we can with what we have? Absolutely. And I think God looks at that, sees our hearts, and smiles. I think anytime he sees loving parents, whether they’re employed or not, loving on their kids, he feels like his heart will explode out of his chest with pride. Because all we’re trying to do is love our kids the way he loves us. It’s all we can do. And it’s all he expects.
 1 Timoth 5:8 (NASB)