Advent—should women look for the Christ Child or a husband?

Each year at the beginning of Advent, churches light the Advent candle, and the church begins its countdown until the Christ child is born on Christmas Day.

Many faith denominations do not light Advent candles, but almost all churches spend the month of December with Cantatas, children’s Christmas plays, and so forth. The song, “A Baby Changes Everything,” was popular one year and Don and I heard it sung at two different churches.

But do women really need Jesus?

Listen to what a man commented on my blog, “The man answers to God for the actions of his wife and children.”

Whoa! Did you catch that? How can a man answer to God for the actions of his wife and children? For that to happen, we must find scriptures to support the following beliefs:

  • The unbiblical belief that a husband can stand as a mediator between his wife and kids and God. The husband would have to be divine because it is a divine Jesus who stands as the mediator for the husband. Surely women would not need a human standing before God for her, would she?

(Job 9:32-35: “He (God) is not a man like me that I might answer him, that we might confront each other in court. If only there were someone to arbitrate between us, to lay his hand upon us both, someone to remove God’s rod from me, so that his terror would frighten me no more. Then I would speak up without fear but as it now stands with me, I cannot.” Jesus became that mediator between God and man.

(1Timothy 2:5-6 tells us that no husband can stand between a woman and God, “For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all men—the testimony given in its proper time.)

  • The unbiblical belief that the wife cannot speak for herself because she is an incomplete human being, incapable of coming before God for herself, and who has no hope outside her husband.

(Romans 3:22-23: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”)

  • The unbiblical belief that children are not complete human beings capable of having personal relationships with God.

(Acts 2:17: “In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people, your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.”)

There are no scriptures to support a man answering to God for the actions of his wife. Adam and Eve each accounted for themselves. In fact, each scripture reference that I have given says completely the opposite of what the person who wrote the comment said. Oh, but he is just one person. Nobody really believes like that, do they?

Cindy Kunsman1 can tell you that some seminarians believe it. Several years ago she was invited to a conference at a Southern Baptist affiliated seminary. Cindy wrote that “Several young men asked how it was that I believed that they would not stand before God…to give an account and to intercede for their wives…These (young men) were seminary students.”

Advent—should women be looking for the Christ child, or for a husband?

Reprinted from my previous blog.

About bwebaptistwomenforequality

Shirley Taylor writes with humor and common sense, challenging the church body to reclaim equality for Christian women.
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