Proverbs 31: 25-31
Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she smiles at the future. She opens her mouth in wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and bless her; Her husband also, and he praises her, saying: “Many daughters have done nobly, but you excel them all.” Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised. Give her the product of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates.
Much was made this past week about the question asked of Michele Bachmann as to whether or not as President she would be submissive to her husband. It seemed a strange forum in which to be asking this question. Other than in a Christian occupation I don’t know of any circumstance where a female would be asked this or any other question regarding her marital relationship in a job interview. If they are going to start determining the female’s qualifications for the job of President by Christian principles, then it seems only fair that the men be held to the same standard. I would like to hear them ask the men, Can you lead as Christ led? If you are called upon to lay down your life for your wife, will that interfere with your duties and responsibilities as President? Can you go before your wife and this nation and make the crooked ways straight? Can you prepare the way for your wife and other females to be treated with respect and equality as Jesus did in His day? Can you remain faithful to your wife while serving as President? Can you assure this nation that you won’t use your position of power and influence to take advantage of vulnerable females? Few things are more damaging to a marriage or a nation than sexual infidelity in a marriage by those in positions of leadership. Yet, no questions were asked of her male counter parts as to whether or not they would be submissive to Christ and lead and love his wife and family as Christ loved the Church. We can’t have it both ways. We can’t demand of a woman “applying for the job” that she be held to biblical principles and excuse the men from their responsibility.
I thought Michele’s answer was excellent. Submission to one’s husband is a biblical mandate to love, honor and respect. It has to do with honoring your commitment to keep ones self to the husband only. It is not a mandate to be a door mat for him or any other male, or to put your brain on the shelf and blindly obey, disregarding your responsibility to God. A Christian woman’s first priority, as is the Christian man’s, is to be submissive to Christ. As with all biblical mandates both wives and husbands fall short of perfection without the help of God. We all need His grace to overcome those short comings.
Even in Old Testament days we see women working outside the home. The Proverbs 31 woman was industrious, and did business in the market place. The heart of her husband trusts her. She does him good and not evil all the days of her life. Her husband and children rise up and call her blessed. A God fearing husband that loves, honors, and trusts his wife will not be a hindrance to her chosen profession. Rather he will love, protect and encourage her. He will go before her to prepare the way for her to serve, as Christ did His followers (male and female). As all Christian men have been mandated in scripture to do.
Michele is an excellent woman and deserving of praise regardless of what happens in this election.