Highway To Hell
Today’s blog is about a FB post I found that clearly demonstrates feminism’s deep influence on current thinking, which I think represents the fast road to hell for any married couple that practices what the following quote teaches:
“The genuine place the Word of God gives to women is neither the bland-equality of the world, which thereby lowers a woman from her proper place; neither most certainly is it the status of “submission to the authority of man” such that it is nothing more than some “Christian” version of the subjugation of women. No, the place the Word of God gives to the woman is that of the cherished bride, lifted up and placed on a pedestal, her Bridegroom kneeling before her in service, having accomplished all things for her and having given her every good thing, such that her “submission” is nothing else than to rejoice that there is no other person she need look to for her happiness and contentment.”
What are these mistakes in this massive train wreck of a quote? Let me enumerate them one by one….
Mistake number one is equating “submission” with “subjection”. Submission is one person willingly yielding authority over themselves to another – the perfect example of this is Jesus’s submission to His heavenly Father. This is in opposition to subjection, which one person imposing compliance on another person by use or threat or force.
The next mistake in this train-wreck is the notion that a woman is supposed to be “pedestalized.” As any sane man (and woman!) will tell you, this is a typical ‘beta’ move, results in complete disrespect for the pedestalizer, and absolutely kills any attraction that might’ve existed otherwise. Many a divorce was founded on the rocks of this doctrine.
Following that accident is the idea that the bridegroom’s place is a subservient “kneeling before her in service.” Scriptural instruction places the husband in a position of responsibility for his wife, and in order for the husband to discharge that responsibility he must have the authority to do what needs to be done. This is a reflection of the relationship between Christ and His Church, where Christ cares for and provides for His bridge the Church, and the Church submits to and supports Him in this work. Such caring and provision on the part of the bride-groom, however, does not imply the kind of subservience the author of this quote would place Him in. What this image does do, though, is tell any entitlement princess that reads that she’s “all that and more” and justly deserves the use of men’s resources simply because she has female bits.
Finally, the caboose falling off the track of this theological wreck is that the woman’s “submission” is nothing more than rejoicing that the only person she need look to for her happiness and contentment is her husband. Translated, this means that the woman’s husband is responsible for keeping her happy, and that she bears no responsibility for her own happiness. This attitude puts the husband in an impossible position where he can never win, and the next step in this parade is a a divorce because the wife was unhaaaapy, and it’s all the husband’s fault.
The author of this post is seriously confused about the nature of submission in Scripture and between men and women. Anyone following this path must read my reblog of “SmoothReEntry”‘s post “Then There’s Me” to see where this particular train will end up.