Many of you will approach this article on submission and encompass one of a few different reactions. You may read this article with the intentions of ignoring biblical principles in order to criticize my position. You may read this article with the earnest thinking that you may find some cultural tidbits to add to your own “submit women” ideas. Or you may read this article with openness and see that maybe, just maybe, the radical idea of biblical submission could actually add joy to your life and marriage. This article is written with marriage in mind, though it can equally be applied to singles in regards to preparation for marriage and submission to other authorities, such as government, employers, and pastors.
Our culture generally has a negative view of submission within marriage. Women who would dare say they are submissive to their husbands will be viewed as doormats, unable to think, weak, and somehow inferior to men. Contrary to culture, the Bible exhorts women to submit to their husbands (Eph 5:25, 1Pet 3:5, Titus 2). Does the Bible command women to be weak? Absolutely not! It is within the pages of Scripture that we see some of the strongest women in history. We see women who risk their lives for country and faith. We see women who go against the cultural status quo. Also, the Bible tells women to honor their husbands. Does the Bible in teach that women are less than men? Quiet the contrary!
Where the truth of Scripture has been preached, cultural lenses toward women have been revolutionized.
Genesis 1:27 says, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” Women are image bearers of God. In 1 Peter 3:7, Peter exhorts men to “…show her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life…” In a culture where women were objects, less than animals, and the property of men, the gospel came to life as it loudly proclaimed that women were equal to men in dignity, value, and worth. They were to be treated as equal heirs of eternity and salvation with men.
Does this radical proclamation give the idea somehow that the Bible puts women down as less than men?