Biblical Submission

Biblical Submission

There is a passage in the Bible, Ephesians 5:21-32, that talks about how wives should submit themselves to their husbands:

“22.  Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.
23.   For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior.
24.  Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.”

This passage is probably one of the most contentious passages found in the Bible, and understandably so.  In our modern age of equality for everyone, the idea that someone can tell us what to do once we grow up is horrifying to many women.

In fact, I would go so far as to say that this instruction is a deal breaker for some would-be Christians.  It goes so completely against what our society tells us to think that bridging the gap is seemingly impossible. 

It is even difficult for some men to accept.  In my household, for example, my husband does not want to deal with making the day-to-day decisions.  His only interest when it comes to finances is whether or not we have enough to buy whatever it is he is headed out to get.  The thought of having to make all the decisions is, for him, very uncomfortable.

The problem for Christians who do not agree with this, as I see it, is that following the Bible seems to be an all or nothing deal.  You can’t pick and choose what you obey, so what do you do when you come across a directive that is so against what you believe?  Can you be a Christian and still intentionally break the rules?