Friday, June 11th, 2010
"If anyone does not provide for those who are his own, and especially for those who are members of his household, he has disowned the faith and is worse than a person without faith." (1 Timothy 5:8)
An indication of whether God is in a marriage is the effort both husband and wife put forth to measure up to His requirements. Husbands have the primary obligation to provide for the material and spiritual needs of the household. They are also encouraged to be considerate of their wife's emotional needs. At Colossians 3:19, we read: "You husbands, keep on loving your wives and do not be bitterly angry with them." One Bible scholar explained that the expression "bitterly angry" involves "giving them either bitter words, or blows, and denying them their affection, care, provision, protection, and assistance." Clearly, such behavior would be inappropriate in a Christian household. A husband who exercises his headship in a loving way stimulates a readiness in his wife to be in subjection.
(Watchtower issue: 9/15/08, 3:9)
I had an interesting discussion on this topic and it struck me how rare this quality is among men. Even though modern men have begun treating women as "equals" it hasn't solved the problem because they still dont have the proper view of women.
An obvious example of that is the fact that women may have more "rights" today, but the amount of men who pay top dollar to watch strippers and pornography or to pay for escorts, just shows how they still view women as objects to be "used" -since women in the sex industry ALWAYS make more money than women in other careers.
So even men who believe they are "liberal minded" are still dominating women...they just do it in a different manner than they did in the past. And when women's rights movements make deragatory statements regarding Biblical terms they find offensive like "subjection to your husband" and "male headship" etc, it's because they don't understand that it's not the arrangment of headship itself, which is the problem, but it's the terrible example men have set by dominating women in a harsh and abusive manner, (using the Biblical requirement as an *excuse* for their domination).
But think about it,...what woman on earth would complain if Jesus was "her head"? He would be so loving, gentle, and respectful of her needs, that a woman wouldn't even realize she was "in subjection" to him...because Jesus knew exactly how to exercise that role appropriately. That's why its so easy to love Jesus and follow his lead as "the head" of the congregation. He makes you *want* to. Which just shows that when a husband actually APPLIES the true principles of subjection and headship properly, their wives *want* to be in subjection to them and follow their lead.