Whenever I see a post on submission, in my lecturer’s voice, I jive. Reading through the comments takes me back to Black History month effortlessly. No racial difference, people attempting to use poetry but it the rights to enslave all over again. And I have to ask, why in God’s name do you want submission? Jokes apart, Why?
Isn’t it funny how suddenly all religions finally agree? The subjugation of women is that big a deal and you begin to wonder what are these systems truly afraid of? But let’s not derail. In all sincerity, what does submission do for you?
Is it that anything you say is final?
Is it that you earn the right to do whatever you like?
Does it mean you will enjoy the benefits of slave trade, more TV, zero chores, rights to occasionally slap someone, piss on them, cheat on them?
Is it for longevity? Does it cure cancer? Increase wealth? Improve sex and lovemaking or impress your bank account?
Do you need the submission of another to feel adequate, secure or someone to dominate so show your worth?
I have asked Christians and they have said, Paul said it. It’s nothing to them, but Paul said. I will have you know that Paul also said, “bodily exercise profits little…”
Heart attack, obesity, diabetes, many disease are prevented by exercise. We know that now, but Paul didn’t know then, more examples abound but I have thought about these things, reconciling my faith with science, and putting scriptures in today’s context.
And it doesn’t diminish Paul in my eyes, I have opportunities he didn’t have. If he was writing today, he wouldn’t write that, if he was from Japan he would think different, if he knew Cristiano Ronaldo he won’t say so.And I’m pretty sure if he was in Germany today he won’t say women should keep quiet during meetings. And we don’t do “Holy Kisses” in Nigeria.
That’s why you should take principles and the spirit, not what’s written literally in the bible. “For the letters killeth” These are all in contrast to ‘[written] with the spirit of the living God’, ‘[written] on tablets of human hearts’, ‘the new covenant’, ‘the spirit’, ‘the ministry of the spirit’, ‘the ministry of righteousness’, and ‘Jesus’ who removes that ‘veil’.
On submission, if you are more knowledgeable and wiser than someone, you don’t have to ask for submission, the person will always defer to you, so if submission is the priority in your life, build yourself up that your spouse can always consult you on issues.
Nowadays, isn’t it ironic how the devil uses the “letters in the Bible” to break marriages? And many raving young men do not only demand submission from their spouses but every woman. I am talking boys whose only job experience is managing their own twitter/Facebook accounts. We have missed this submission thing indeed.
Let me use this badly written song as example,
“I surrender all… All to Jesus Christ…
“All to Jesus, I surrender, I surrender all”
Surrender is to stop resisting to an enemy or opponent and submit to their authority.
2. Give up or hand over (a person, right, or possession), typically on compulsion or demand.
Submission is the action of accepting or yielding to a superior force or to the will or authority of another person.
While both technically means giving up power, surrender requires compulsion. God is not in the business of forcing people to accept his will. That is why that song is bad and men who demand submission are not in his will.
If we must use Paul’s teachings, he says a woman must submit to a man who treats her like Jesus would and that is with unconditional love, respect and even dies for her. To emphasize only one-sided submission is to plant discord. One-sided submission is not submission. And by the way, you are not permitted to submit in everything, it caused the death of Sapphira, Ananias’wife.
The part of the Ephesians scriptures intrigues me, “This is a great mystery : but I speak concerning Christ and the church, nevertheless, let everyone of you particularly so love his wife even as himself and the wife see that he adores her husband ”
Love will always be the greatest principle, it has worked for even atheists, folks who believe in partnership. It has helped them stay married for many years, why can’t it work for religious people?
Photo Credit: Twelve Years a Slave.
Thanks for sharing.
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