Last Friday, I wrote a post about submission and how it affects wives and how the word submission really shouldn’t be considered such a “dirty” word. Today, I am going to continue talking about submission and how it affects everybody, not just wives.
What else is there?
As I listened to Pastor Rogers’ sermon, he posed a question: (my paraphrase) “How is submitting to your husband different from submitting to an authority figure?” That question, and the follow up questions he asked, got me thinking about writing a blog post on the topic. Then, as I did a little research for my blog post on Friday, and read some verses that had the words “submit”, “submitting”, and “submission” in them, I got to wondering two more things:
1. Why don’t we rebel against submitting to our bosses and legal authorities?
2. Why do we rebel against submitting to God?
Why we don’t rebel against submitting to our bosses and legal authorities
“Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.” ~ Hebrews 13:17 (ESV)
God commands us to submit to our leaders. And we do, usually. I realize that everybody is human and at one time or another, they will rebel against the authority in their lives. But, why do we have such a hang up against wives submitting to their husbands, but we don’t have a hang up with employees submitting to their bosses or law-abiding citizens submitting to the police or government?
Because we fear the men (and women) in authority over us. We are afraid that we will lose our job if we do not do what the boss tells us to do. We are afraid of going to jail if we break the law’s enforced by the police and made by the politicians. We. Are. Afraid.
This brings us to the next question I asked:
Why we do rebel against submitting to God?
The simple answer: We do not fear God. By fearing God, I do not mean that we should always be afraid of God as in being scared of what He will do to us (unless we are not truly Christians), but rather a fear caused by reverence and awe of His mighty deeds and wonders. God is all-powerful, all-knowing, and everywhere. That is truly awesome, amazing, and worthy of praise.
Peter even commands that we fear God. (Note: “Be subject” is just another way to say “submit”.)
“Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, 14 or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. 15 For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. 16 Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. 17 Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.” ~ 1 Peter 2:13-17 (ESV)
Do you see that? We are to be subject to every human institution, as if God Himself had sent them, “For this is the will of God…”! It is God’s will that we subject ourselves to every human institution. Then Peter says that we are to live as free men, but not to cover up for evil, but rather live as servants to God. How often do we, as Christians, truly do that? How often do you go to work and say as you walk into the office, “Today I am going to work as a servant to God”?
How do we even do that? Read verse 17: “Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood [Christians]. Fear God. Honor the emperor.” There it is. Fear God. But why fear God? Because without the fear of God, we cannot truly submit to Him and if we do not submit to God, He will give us over to our own stubborn hearts.
“But my people did not listen to my voice;
Israel would not submit to me.
So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts,
to follow their own counsels.~ Psalm 81:11-12 (ESV)
How do we fear God and submit to Him? Paul answers that, at least partially in Romans:
For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot…For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness.~ Romans 8:7, 10:3 (ESV)
To conclude this discussion, I will summarize each point from the two blog posts.
- A wife’s submission to her husband is no different than that same husband’s submission to his boss or a police officer
- We should fear God more than man, but do the opposite.
What should we do now? Well, are you a wife? If so, do you submit to your husband? I have heard at least three wives who have said that their marriage was significantly improved when they started submitting to their husbands.
Are you a husband? If so, do you love your wife as Christ loves the church?
Are you a child still living at home? Do you submit to your parents and the others in authority over you?
Are you an adult child still living at home? You also ought to be submitting to your parents and those in authority over you.
Are you a single adult? Do you submit to your boss and anyone else who may be in authority over you?
If you are any of the above, do you have a reverential fear of God? Do you worship Him daily and give Him the praise and adoration He justly deserves? Remember, He created you exactly as you are and loved you so much that He sent His One and only Son to DIE for YOU! Don’t you think He deserves some honor and praise?