Listen live! Jocelyn Andersen and Shirley Taylor discuss Authority Friday, February 25 at 10:00 a.m. Central time.
In America we still have a fundamental belief that women are second-class citizens. It is called submission, and spoken of in flowery prose. It is a holdover from the Middle Eastern mindset that we read about in Monday’s post, and what we find in the Bible. The Bible was written by a people in a certain time and a certain place. That culture is not ours, and Jesus nor the Apostle Paul ever told us that we had to retain that culture. We are to be new creatures – we are Christians. Equally washed in the blood of the Lamb, and as such, equal citizens among each other and in church.
The worst kind of abuse is the abuse of authority in the home. This abuse is directed at both wives and children, particularly female children. Last week we heard of such a case. The musical group 5 Browns have appeared at many venues, including Christian churches. The father of the group, Keith Brown, pleaded guilty last Thursday to sexually abusing his daughters when they were children, a time span from 1990 to 1998. The Brown family are members of the Church of the Latter Day Saints.
In her article The Persistence of Patriarchy, published in Christian Ethics Today, Ann Eggebroten tells of visiting a church in California one Sunday. She said the sermon was great at this megachurch, and the people were very friendly. She was curious about their belief on wifely submission and asked one couple who befriended her about it.
The husband speaks at length about how well it works. “A tie goes to the runner,” he says. “What does that mean?” his wife asks. He tries to explain, but neither she nor I get it. He continues to discuss being the head of his wife: “It’s not supposed to be noticeable that I’m in that position.”
Now do you really think that the husband who is speaking is not aware every minute that he has authority over his wife? You bet he does. That is the nature of authority. It is not content until it shows itself.
Listen to what Waneta Dawn says in “Behind the Hedge”: “Again and again when you are totally submitting to him, he adds a whopper to his demands or cuts you down out of the blue over a minor detail. I think the real issue is domination. He wants to assert power over you. He’s lording it over you, which Jesus taught the disciples not to do, and he has nearly convinced you the submission rule overrides all other Christian doctrine.,,,In essence, he’s misusing scripture” Page 62. Please read Waneta’s blog on husbands authority.
We know that there are many Christian men who love their families and who do not abuse them. We know that many of these Christian men and their wives believe that the Bible teaches that the husband is to have authority over his wife.
The problem with that is that the scriptures never tell a man that he has the authority over his wife. These families have changed the message of the New Testament from Christians submitting to each other and to Christ, and are focusing on a teaching that is not in the Bible.
Go to the internet and try to find Christian websites about husbands and wives. You would think we live in a foreign Muslim country by all the websites extolling a husband’s role and his sweet little submissive wife’s role. Why is there so much written about the necessity of wifely submission by those who are asking her to submit?
Matthew 20:25-27“…You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. It is not so among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave.”