Monday, January 10, 2011

Submission= Slavery? Part 2

Yesterday I shared some wise words from Dr. Myles Munroe's "Understanding the Purpose & Power of Men" regarding the Biblical concept of submission. This topic has been hotly debated in and out of the church due to it's misapplication, which has resulted in sadness, depression, abuse, divorce, broken families and tragically, even death.

Dr. Munroe, however, takes a healthy, Biblical view of submission- which is the farthest thing from slavery:

"The Scripture says, "Wives submit to your husbands as to the Lord" (Eph. 5:22, emphasis added). As long as a man is acting like the Lord, a woman should be in submission to him. I've never seen Jesus slap one of His children. I've never seen Jesus scream or swear at His people. No matter what we do to Jesus, He is ready to forgive us. This is how husbands need to treat their wives.

However, probably half of us men do not deserve our wives' submission. [Hey, he said it, not me! j/k] Jesus said to His church-His bride- "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you" (Heb. 13:5). And yet, some men stay out all night, then come home and want their wives to cook for them. They forsake their wives and their children spiritually and emotionally, even financially, and they still want submission. That's a sin, men. You don't deserve submission. Submission is not dependent on what you say. It is dependent on how you live.

... [Jesus] didn't force you to accept Him. He didn't break down your door. He is very polite. He very quietly convicts people. He doesn't pressure us. He just shows us His love.

So one day, you realized, "This love is overwhelming," and you accepted His love. You desired to follow Jesus. One of the things I love about Jesus is that He calls us to follow Him. He doesn't tie a rope around our necks and drag us. He leads and we follow. If we are willingly following somebody, we are not being forced against our wills.

... All He ever says to His disciples is, "Follow Me." This exactly what husbands are supposed to say to their wives: "Honey, follow me." That's what submission is really about.

...Some women allow their husbands to beat them half to death because they think that is being submissive. I have counseled many women who think this way. Th`ey come to my office badly battered, and ask, "What am I supposed to do?" I say, "Remove yourself from the premises." "But the Bible says to submit." "Yes, but not to a beating. You are to submit to the Lord. Until you see the Lord in the house, leave. You are not to be foolish enough just to sit there and let your life be put in jeopardy."

... "There is nothing in the Bible that says you just stand there and suffer abuse. First Peter 2:19-20 says that if you suffer for the sake of the Gospel, that is true suffering. But if you suffer for the sake of your own sin and folly, that is not to your credit. It's foolish for you to let somebody beat you black and blue , then turn around and say, 'It's all for Jesus.' That is not submission."

Men, we see clearly submission is earned by Christly love. Women, we see clearly that TAKING ABUSE IS NOT SUBMISSION.


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