History has a long tradition of demeaning women.
A friend controlled by her husband, said, “I thought his despotic control was my lot.” This is what the pastor of this particular congregation taught. “Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord”? (Eph 5:22) He added with a finger pointed to the women, “You’d better submit.” This Scripture used alone, out of context, and emphasized year after year feeds women the message that all-embracing submission is good. You will take what you are “fed.” You will like it. You will get used to it (when finally your sparkle, initiative and power to think creatively dwindle to nothing). Rubbing your nose in the dirt can become a habit.
Having heard that sort of message, women have good reason to fear going to Scripture. What will they find? Will it agree with what this husband and pastor said? Sadly, some parts of the Church have not equipped women, strengthened and encouraged them. Neither have many fathers and husbands.
But this is exactly the reason to read the Bible: to find out what it is really saying. How can you know, if you have not read it? You will find one of two things: either the pastor and husband mentioned above are correct about submission, or there is something more to it than blind obedience.
You want to know because you have this one life. Are you are willing to do the work of reading to find out!
“When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto mankind.” (Eph 4:8). To men and women there is a flow of equality in the Bible. What God says encourages and inspires every person, male and female. It instructs all of us to handle each other with care. “There is neither…bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Gal 3:28)
Study Scripture: God loves you, honors you and encourages you to shine, creating you in His own image. “that our daughters may be as cornerstones, polished after the similitude of a palace.” (Psa 144:12)
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
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Not everyone suffers under the abject submission described above, but there can be degrees of somewhat unhealthy submission. Can you describe some of these?