Marriage is about understanding and compromise. It is no secret that both partners must have their needs met, in order to feel satisfied within their union. But will submitting to your husband lead to a happier marriage and a happier you?
Rachel Held Evans, author of "A Year of Biblical Womanhood." (Photo: Twitter/Rachel Held Evans)
Rachel Held Evans, who describes herself as a Christian Evangelist and feminist woman, recently set out on a mission to reassess the roles of women in the Bible. Her task involved re-enacting the different ways that women of the Bible lived, and attempting to translate that into a modern day language. For one experiment she took on the model of Sarah, who was obedient to her husband Abraham and called him "Master."
The Feminist Who Called Her Husband Master
"What do you define as a feminist?" Evans asked during an interview with the Christian Post. "Who was it that said, 'If you describe feminism as the radical notion that women are human,' if that is how you want to define feminism then yes, I am a feminist."
Despite her strong female stance, Evans still agreed to call her husband "master" in order to gain a better understanding of other women who had decided upon a more "traditional" route in their marriages, which included a subservient role to their husbands.
"It was a little bit strange for both of us. He didn't relish it either," Evans admitted adding that it was also "strange to impose that hierarchy on our marriage."
"Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord," Ephesians 5:22 reads.
Some women have argued that submitting to your husband is akin to having trust in the Lord and the mate that he has chosen for you.
"People ignore the passage in the beginning that says submit one to another and then they just jump to wives submit to their husbands and try to impose the hierarchy of the Greco roman codes into a modern day society, which misses the point of those passages entirely," she suggested.
Evans pointed out that a lot of advice for women, when it comes to sustaining a Christian marriage, revolves around the idea that women should submit. And submission isn't a bad thing, Rachel explains, but it's a two-way street.
Source: Christian Post | Brittney R. Villalva