Do husbands rule their wives and households by Divine Right? Do men rule the church by Divine Right?
In 1 Samuel Chapter 8, we read about the elders of Israel asking Samuel to appoint a king to rule over Israel. The Lord answered Samuel’s prayer by warning about giving a man such authority. Kings would not always rule wisely. Then the Lord told Samuel to give the people of Israel a king. Kind of a “if that’s what they want, then let them have it.”
Kings and emperors became the standard head of state in the Christian world until the newborn United States of America decided they did not want a king. The kings of Europe claimed that they ruled because God had put them on the throne. Disloyalty to the king was treated as blasphemy.
It is a claim of the “male headship” theology that God has placed the husband as king of the household. This theology has been nurtured by the men who say that God has placed them in charge of the church.
This is strange to me, a man myself, who looks at history and reads the newspapers and watches news on television. In my estimation, men are responsible for 90 percent of the evil in the world. I am not saying that 90 percent of men are evil. I am saying that a number of men contribute to the 90 percent figure.
When these preachers get to Heaven and see that men are in the minority there, will they apologize to the female saints?
Thanks to my husband, Don, who is filling in for me in this post until I return on Sunday. Monday’s post will let you know what happened!