Ephesians 5:25-26 (NLT)
25 For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her 26 to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word.
One of the gripes people throw at Christ is the whole wives shall submit to their husbands. It amazes me how ignorance can have such a profound effect. Why not focus on the next line that says that husbands are to love their wives like Christ loved the church?
Think about it. Why isn’t the focus on the second, more important line? It speaks to our nature and we need to come to grips with that. I commented yesterday about a secular humanist’s blog claiming all the attributes of Christ as human nature. If that were true, we’d focus on the second line instead of contesting the first line. We’d live the second line, with husbands serving their wives like Christ served us. There are a lot of “Christians” that need to learn this message too.
1 Peter 2:24 (NLT)
24 He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right.
By his wounds you are healed.
This is what we are supposed to do. That’s how Christ served us and that’s the model we are to live by. Beginning and end of statement. Other centered, with God at the top, wife at the second spot. Self is at the bottom. That’s how it’s supposed to be in the counter cultural way of Christ, the way that secular humanists can’t get their heads around.
Why is this so hard to understand? It’s our true nature and it’s why Christ always has been and always will be counter cultural in this world. Christ calls to us to submit, to give up our lives.
Matthew 18:1-6 (NLT)
18 About that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?”
2 Jesus called a little child to him and put the child among them. 3 Then he said, “I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven. 4 So anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.
5 “And anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf is welcoming me. 6 But if you cause one of these little ones who trusts in me to fall into sin, it would be better for you to have a large millstone tied around your neck and be drowned in the depths of the sea.”
Yes, it’s counter cultural to submit, to be a servant, to put others first. So be it. It’s the right way, the Christ way.
Psalm 9:1ss (NLT)
1 I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all the marvelous things you have done.