Monday, January 13, 2014

Wifely Submission Is Front Page News???

When the citizens of a country submit to and obey the laws of the land instituted by the government, there is peace and happiness. When a child submits to and obeys his parents, there is harmony in the home. When students submit to and obey their teacher, there is joy and unity in the classroom. When employees submit to and obey their employer, the work gets done. However, when a wife submits to and obeys her husband, she makes front news headlines.

When citizens submit to their government, a child to his parents, students to their teacher and employees to their employer, no one worries that the government, parents, teacher or employer will lord it over those submitted to them and use them as a doormat. Oh, but when a wife says she is submitted to and obeys her husband, everyone thinks she must be "lorded over" and being used as a doormat.

Why is this? Why is it required and even desired for citizens, children, students and employees to submit to those who are their leaders but not wives? Why is it so terrible when a wife wants to submit to and obey her husband and enjoy peace and harmony in her home?

Every institution needs a leader or there will most likely be chaos, arguing, and unhappiness. God is a God of order. When there is a designated leader in anything and those under the leader happily and willingly obey the leader, peace reigns.

I am not talking about "blind obedience" here either. If any of those who are designated leaders ask you to sin, you must obey God rather than man but the Bible tells us to submit to and obey our government {even when they are corrupt}, our parents when we are children, our elders over us in the church, and our employers. It is also very clear that wives are to submit to and obey their husbands also.

It doesn't mean those under the leader are any less than their leader. This is a foolish argument. Parents are no better than their children. They just have different roles which when followed, lead to peace and harmony.

So when we hear of Candace Cameron-Bure and Gabrielle Reece say they are submissive to their husbands and it makes front page news, let's cheer them on for their boldness in saying so. Let's submit to and obey our husbands and show the world that it is good.  It is God's ordained order and His ways are best.

Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 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. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.
Ephesians 5:22-24