Ephesians 5:24. “Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.”
Everyone enjoys a beautiful wedding. I do. I always tear up when the radiant bride begins her journey to her waiting groom, who has eyes for no one but her.
But I want to tell you that the marriage is far more important than the wedding. Far too many couples have spent thousands on the wedding, and a couple of years later, more thousands on the divorce. One reason that happens is that neither partner in the marriage is submissive to God; as a result, they are not submissive to one another. The husband is not the head, and the wife does not support his leadership.
I’m going to go on a tiny rant here. This picture that God created of the Bridegroom, Jesus Christ, and His bride, the church, needs to be given more serious attention.
Are you aware of the the incredible division among God’s people today? We fight over every single thing. Versions of scripture. Music. Dress. Rules. What can a Christian do and what he can’t do. Discipline. Drinking. All the big long list of do’s and don’ts that so many of us lived by is being questioned and mocked. And what is being overlooked in all this “I have a right to my own opinion” theology is God’s most important attribute: His holiness. When was the last time you made a decision based on the fact of the holiness of God?
As the church falls apart under the onslaught of tolerance/political correctness/don’t be a hater “theology,” so do our Christian marriages fall apart. There is no leadership. Men are actually timid about taking their place as the head because it’s not politically correct for them to do so. We have emasculated men and boys, urging them to find their feminine side. When is the last time anyone urged you, ladies, to find your masculine side? Never? That’s because we’ve been fed the idea that female is better.
No. Not better. Different. And vive la difference! Women, we need to rediscover our feminine side! I’d like you to consider that God made us different, and He knew what He was doing. I love the studies that show things we’ve always known, but that science is just now figuring out: Men’s brains are wired differently than women’s brains. Quit resisting it. Go with it. There is great joy and blessing in being who God intended us to be instead of who Gloria Steinem thinks we should be. Remember her? She’s the one who said “A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle.” Everyone laughed. Women don’t need men, after all.
Yes, we do. And men need us, because God made it so.
All right. I’m done for now. Tomorrow we start the verses that pertain to the men. There are a lot more of them than the ones that pertain to women. They have the harder job.