This is a question that comes up in my head sometimes….I know I’m weird. But I’m basically encouraging a patriarchal philosophy onto my readers and I have to ask myself what the end result would be and if that is a good thing. I think we can all accept the idea Christian women should submit to Christian men, God gives us a safeguard by saying they have to love us back and they have to be like Christ, so if they do their part then we should be safe and secure. God even goes so far as to say women should submit to non-Christian husbands in an effort to help them find salvation.
A bigger question to ask though is what does God say about men who aren’t Christians or our husbands? Are we to submit to them also? How many people get to boss us around and decide what’s good for us? How far-reaching does this submission thing go for women? Does the model for marriage work for society also? Are our Christian husbands and fathers responsible for protecting us from society if we are weakened?
Also, women have fears about patriarchal societies that are well justified. Acid throwings at young women just because they feel rejected or insulted by them. Genital mutilation to “protect” women from their urges and to keep them pure for marriage? Arranged marriages by well intentioned fathers to rich jerks? Abusive homes. No creative work outlets. Child sex slavery anyone? Being thought of as a less intelligent and therefore less important gender in comparison to men. How many freedoms will we lose in the name of protection and modesty? Should we really trust men to take care of and protect us?
Can submission work if it’s not voluntarily given by women, but demanded by men with punishment as a result of disobedience. How can we prevent society from going too far without Christ and grace? Is it even possible without Christ or are we better off being a feminist society?
I’m not ready to give answers to these questions, I’m probably not qualified, but it runs around in my mind and I thought I’d throw it out there to see what your thoughts are on the matter.