As I’m preaching through a series on femininity I find it challenging to present a biblical perspective while, at the same time, not unnecessarily losing listeners.
Of course, if the truth is offensive and a listener is lost, there’s not a lot I can do. But sometimes, the truth is heard and muddied through underlying misogynistic or feministic presuppositions. In light of that, I’d like to make a couple of clarifications as a follow up to yesterday’s sermon. Below I list what I said (copied and pasted from my manuscript), followed by a clarification.
I said (in regards to 1 Corinthians 11:3): “So picture a totem pole here. God is at the top, then Jesus, then a husband, and then a wife…So authority goes down, and submission and honor go up…The husband is in authority over his wife. The wife submits to her husband.”
What’s not true (but is sometimes assumed): “All women should submit to all men.” That would be unbiblical, and I think made clear in weeks to come. Some Christians seem to believe that women, in general, are to be submissive to men, in general. A wife is to submit to her husband only, and in fact, submitting to any other man would be an act of not submitting to her husband. See Ephesians 5:22.
What’s also not true (but is sometimes assumed): “The authority of a husband is the authority to boss and push around.” That would also be unbiblical, and I think will be made clear in weeks to come. A husband has been given authority to love and serve, to take sacrificial responsibility. He is the authority, and she is the glory. See Ephesians 5:25,
I said: “Ladies, the home must be the focus of your help and hard work.”
What’s not true (but is sometimes assumed): “Ladies, your place is the home.” A woman’s place is not the home, as if she should only leave for groceries and cleaning supplies. A woman should prioritize her home in such a way that all her hard work outside the home benefits her household without neglecting it, and most importantly the people in it. See Proverbs 31.
Hope that is helpful.