The Bible says women are inferior to men.
You’re being a doormat to treat him with such respect when he doesn’t return the favor.
You’ve heard it.
Recently, my little sister’s boss asked her the $24,000 question. As a mom-to-be and a new home owner, her priorities are shifting. In the midst of an unrelated conversation he asked, “Do you think your husband’s job is more important that yours?”
Wow, feminists, I can hear you roaring! I smell the bacon frying and you’re on your way back out the door to trample on every man who gets in your way.
Kelsey said, “Yes.” Now, there are plenty of logical reasons – Kelsey is going to be taking maternity leave at the very least and be unable to work for a while, and Blake makes more money, to name two. But really, she told me, her heart is committed to the Biblical description of Christian behavior. She is proud of and loves her home. She is anxious to fill their new house with baby things, a loving atmosphere and if she’s lucky – puppies! Kelsey does not plan to sign her life away to a progressive career before her first child is even born.
So, Christian, is a woman inferior to a man? Can she achieve less? Is she doomed to servanthood all her days?
“Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, when they see your respectful and pure conduct.” 1 Peter 3:1,2
I can hear you protesting. Did you only look at those two verses? Step back, take in the full view. Start in 1 Peter 2:13-25. I’ll excerpt some of it for you.
“Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good.” (v.13) …jump…
“For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in His footsteps.” (v. 21) Jesus was abused, ignored, reviled and slandered. Even in the worst of circumstances, Jesus submitted himself without retaliation or indignation. He entrusted himself to God, who judges justly.
If Jesus Christ submitted Himself to the Father’s will in order to ransom me, then, can I not submit myself to any authority figure, knowing that ultimately (whether they realize it or not) I am subjected to and judged justly by God?
And men, don’t think you’re off the hook! Just a few verses down, there’s another “Likewise.”
The command to submit is not limited to women any more than salvation is limited to men. Christ-like behavior is to, “Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.” 1 Peter 2:17
“Outdo one another in showing honor.” Romans 13:10