Above Rubies magazine is a Quiverful magazine, part of the patriarchy movement, in it, is story after story of women with very large families. The other day, I saw this ad for bracelets in an Above Rubies magazine, I got from a local library.
The messages on these bracelets say it all, as to the falseness of this movement and how this world is a trap for the women within it. They also back up very cultic thinking. On my Quiverful article, I spoke of how women in the Quiverful, Above Rubies, Vision Forum, Patriarchy world, had "keeping sweet" emphasized. "Keeping sweet" means always smiling and never showing any negative emotions, ironically just like in the FLDS world.
As you wear them on your wrist each day you will be constantly reminded of your high and mighty calling as a mother and wife!
Each One Has An Encouraging Message:
I LOVE MOTHERHOOD
WE’RE A SMILING FAMILY
I’M A COVENANT KEEPER
I AM ABOVE SELF-PITY
I AM A NATION BUILDER
WORTH MORE THAN RUBIES
OK motherhood is nice, but when it is idolized in these movements, it becomes everything, of course it heads the top of the list. The "We are a smiling family" one seems to be about telling the 'cult" members to always keep a smile on their face. That is one facet of all false religions, is telling people to hide and closet all their true emotion.
Be warned watching the following video for its content, but one disturbing thing I have noticed watching the Duggars even, is that the mother's [Michelle Duggars] affect is severely "OFF". Something is very wrong with a woman, who will laugh and giggle [with no sign of fear on her face] at her son who is severely injured as well as take out a phone camera to film the proceedings. It wasn't for light, you can see his face right on her handheld phone. I saw this show the other day, and was severely disturbed. How much of that very odd reaction is is from the cultic Quiverful teachings, that tell the women to keep smiles plastered on their faces 24/7? Has it affected her emotional well-being? Where is the natural concern and fear a mother would have for a son who is in a severe medical crisis?
Cults always require that everyone smile so they present the cult in the best light. This is tied in to telling the cult members they are special and above normal human emotions. One thing cults also teach is superhuman perfection, and well, families that do not smile, probably wouldn't be acceptable in Above Rubies circles.
The "I am a covenant keeper" is tied into the false legalistic theology, the cult 'law-keeping", tied into the extreme authoritarianism of the patriarchy movement, as well as 'guilt' inducement for those who may not keep the covenants. Also remember many women in the Quiverful, Above Rubies and other related patriarchy movements, could actually be in churches where they have signed their names to actual covenants, I've seen them myself even in a mainstream SBC church.
Next is the "I am above self-pity" bracelet. Now self-pity should be avoided in it's extremes, but here too you see the stiff upper lip mandates. In cults people are influenced to suppress their own feelings, its part of the game. This goes along with extreme self denigration. While Christians are called to deny themselves in a biblical ways, cults take this to the extreme and twist it. Here you end up with smiling robots, who feel they must be the perfect step-ford wife, or they are not doing what is 'right". One wonders about "mind control" techniques used so steadily. If anyone tells you to deaden your emotions for anything, get away from that group. Our emotions are God-given and should be God-directed but other human beings should not tell you what to feel or not to feel. Now we may have to take any pain and self-pity to God for Him to take care of, but when other human beings tell you not to feel your feelings, a group has entered the danger zone of cult teachings.
Then there is a back-up for motherhood. That is fine, no problem with encouragement for mothers, but what about the Christian ladies who are not mothers, who may be single, childless or infertile. Even here, the circles draw around some women, making them more respectable in a movement, compared to others are wrong. Above Rubies, and I have read many of the magazines for myself, elevates mothers of extremely large families, to feel more special, then other ordinary women who may have no children or even under around 5 in number. This too is part of cult thinking where certain attributes are given to certain members but not available to all. God is no respecter of persons but cults definitely are.
"I am a Nation Builder" denotes the Dominionism. Notice it makes everything about THIS WORLD. America could fall, now while someone may love their country, countries come to an end. All empires eventually crash to the ground. Where does God say build nations in the Bible? Christians are to be out there preaching the gospel to who they can, not worry about building up the halls of powers and elites, but here you see Above Rubies, teaching it's women to jump on the Dominionism bandwagon and worship at the feet of kings. Many cults in this world have been used by global elites and kings do the bidding of politicians and other power circles. In this, Above Rubies is no different.
The last one is "Worth More Then Rubies". This comes from Proverbs 3. Now if only they would go read it:
Pro 3:13 ¶ Happy [is] the man [that] findeth wisdom, and the man [that] getteth understanding.
I worry for the women given these false messages, they need to know they can be true daughters in the Lord, and that true freedom is in Jesus Christ, they do not need to be trapped in these groups that deny God's truths and replace them with oppressive religion.