This may be stating the obvious, but there are good people who give unquestioning power to religious leaders. And there are wives who give their power away . . . not knowing that when they do it does their husband no favor.
Sometimes wives fear speaking up. Maybe her husband will grow angry and over talk her, threaten and demean her or negate her wisdom as silly. Men know what they are doing when they do. Most husbands know they do not have all the wisdom. Whatever the reason for her trepidation there is most often recourse for the wife: speak the truth in love with respect! Don’t give your power away; “two said He, shall be one flesh.” (I Corinthians 6:16)
A man is in the image of God with great potential for a powerful, useful destiny. However, husbands are half of a marriage. For a marriage to be a true representation of God it needs both halves. Living wisely and peaceably with his wife is a great step closer to it.
Wives are half of a marriage. A woman is in the image of God with great potential for a powerful, useful destiny. Your wisdom builds your marriage and makes home safe and compassionate and warm. (Proverbs 14:1)
Have confidence of your indispensable position. Be assured only you and no other woman, no other person, not even your husband, can play your role as well as you! Go ahead, be strong and bold drawing from a quiet spirit. This is a great step closer to building a happy marriage. Two, a male and female, make up the design for the complex composite yet hopeful thing that is called “One Flesh” by God Himself.
According to the plan husbands don’t get all the power in marriage! Girls, know your value, your counterpoint to a man. Maintain his respect by being opinionated yet always respectful. If even Elders in Churches were forbidden to subjugate, control or be lords over the flock, why would a husband? “Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being examples to the flock.” (I Peter 5:2).