May 17, 2008

“Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord.” – Ephesians 5:22

One of the most counter-cultural teachings in Scripture is “wives submit to your husbands.” Now ladies, before you get bent out of shape, let’s remember what the Bible doesn’t teach.

It doesn’t teach that women are to submit to men. If a Christian man has a female boss, he’s called to submit to her authority at work.

It doesn’t say men and women are unequal. Men and women are different, but both are made in the image of God; therefore, they are equal before God. The Bible would not prohibit a female president of the United States. There are great women leaders in all walks of life.

But for some reason, God’s Word teaches that the husband is to lead in the home. And the way husbands do it best is to submit. Submit to Jesus. The husband is commanded to love his wife like Christ does the church–to be a servant leader, never a dictatorial leader.

But remember — it only works well when both the husband and wife submit to Christ. Are you willing?