Okay, lets just put it out there, shall we? If you want to ruffle some feathers at your next dinner party just throw out this statement "Wives submit to your husband's as to the Lord". Eph 5:22 And then duck and run......you will no longer be popular; not just in the local school or at the office, but the church. This will be a series of posts about my background in feminism, the why of submission and ,the hardest part, the how. All my opinions, backed up with what I have read in scripture. Don't take my word for it, BYOB (Bring Your Own Bible).
|"Hmmm.....submission....that's a toughie!"|
Since then the feminist movement raged through history and the word "submit" in relation of a wife to her husband has joined ranks with many other 4 letter words in our culture. The terminology is not cool, politically correct or even accepted as decent.
Why, to reaffirm God's word through Paul by quoting Ephesians 5:22**** will get you everything but a pat on the back. Funny looks, hateful words and such are the least of your problems. Think how many pastors have lost their jobs for simply standing by God on the subject! How sad is it that our culture is dictating what our pastors teach in place of our God. No wonder so many people today (I used to be one of them) think Christianity is phony baloney. When the church resembles the world what's the big deal of getting up early on Sunday morning to watch what you've been looking at all week?
I want to let my stance be known about the topic, because saying you're a follower of Jesus Christ does not mean that you believe in a wife submitting (even though it should). While I may not be as well spoken as most of the anti-feminist bloggers out there (Stacy McDonald, and the many contributors of Ladies Against Feminism, just to name a couple) I will take a stab at it, so let me start with a story....
Once upon a time..I was a feminist. I feel like I am at one of those AA meetings.
"Hello, My name is Melodie Holder and I am (was) a feminist."
I was brought up believing that the key to a woman's happiness was choosing her own path in life. Marriage and children were like a ball and chain dragging you down....slowing your ascent of the corporate ladder. Feminism has two basic principles 1) Women are god's 2) Men are scum.
I was not just a passive feminist, oh-no. I bought the whole bit, hook-line-and sinker. I was pro-choice (read pro-murder), I believed men were dumb and should be manipulated. I believed abstinence was a silly and overrated concept. I believed I was in control of my life because I was a woman.......because some men in suits said I had the right to vote, the right to choose, the right to be free of men.....
Anyone who has walked down this road knows that its is not freedom, this lifestyle-these beliefs are a prison. You are angry at the world because you have been taught that it is against you, that men are out to get you and force you into marriage with the cooking and cleaning and baby raising. The churches (most) echo the culture to pull in more members, more $$$. It's sad but undeniable.
The true, awe-inspiring power of God is that His Word, His Truth cut through all of the politically correct, satan inspired mumbo-jumbo. Through everything wrong that I believed, everything evil that I held dear--His light found me. And I became new again.
Part 2 coming soon
**** Lest you think I am taking this "out of context" please consider the following:
Feel free to read the entire chapter around those verses, it supports the verse. The verses are not taken our of context. Can you list any more?
Hello?! Is anyone still there? Come on....I didn't scare you off yet did I? : )