#MeToo and the Messiah


6 thoughts on “#MeToo and the Messiah”

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  2. Well this is a stretch.

    You say “submission” doesn’t mean “submission”. But Paul clearly means it this way every other time he uses the word, for example, in 1 Cor 15:27 – 28.

    It’s perfectly ok to say that Paul was wrong. Or at least that his instruction no longer applies, or at least that he didn’t mean it to condone abuse. But you can’t defend this instruction as it stands. As Benedict XVI put it, some of Paul’s instructions to women have to be “relativized”.

    1. The point I made is that “submit” is not a codeword for “dominate”. If we unpack the root of the word ‘submission’, it means literally to be “under the mission”. This passage is pretty clear that the husband is to Christ what the wife is to the Church. The Church is the bride of Christ, and under His mission. Following the example of Jesus, a man’s mission is to cherish, love and protect his bride, to bring her into her beauty and holiness. And if it costs him his life (which it will in one form or another), that is the mission.

    2. Well . . . ok. If you’re going to stand with Paul (or whoever wrote this passage), and adhere to the traditional male headship view, this is the way to interpret it. Back when I was dealing with battered women as a crisis center director (hence my screen name), I worked with an evangelical pastor on one case. He gave a sermon (which I attended) which was pretty much along your lines.

    3. Cap,
      Bless you, brother, for your work and heart for women in crisis. I believe that some elements within Christianity have perverted Paul’s teaching around the complementary nature of the sexes and proper ordering within the marital relationship to justify self-serving behavior. I’d go so far as to propose that your role as a crisis director existed (I realize I’m painting in very large brush-strokes) because men didn’t actually live out the kind of headship Paul was describing.

    4. Thanks! That’s very nice of you.

      Yes, I did see a lot of obsessively controlling behavior in the men (though most just seemed like bruised little boys inside), matching the “doormat theology” among the women. Some of my work was at a shelter in the “Bible Belt”.

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