I agree. True biblical submission is not just something to take place within a marriage. To really understand it, it needs to be viewed as something which God desires of us within the Body of Christ, as we interact with each other. Submission is an act of love. So is sacrifice. Each virtue focuses on benefitting the other person. And, somehow, as one of God's paradoxes, when we benefit another, we ourselves benefit also.
one of the virtues that often gets overlooked is submission. but perhaps no virtue is as important in living in community (think, in your family, church, neighborhood) than submission. submission moves past the talk of “my rights,” “what i’m due,” “my want” to concern, deference, and support for the other. in fact, submission is paramount to a healthy marriage, and it’s not just wives submitting to husbands. the apostle paul instructs couples to “submit to one another” (Eph. 5.21 TNIV). it’s a two way street.
but submission isnt only a position of weakness. it isnt just giving up the sock because someone stronger than you won. submission is most powerful when it’s willful, when it’s sincere and not begrudging. submission can be demonstrated by letting someone go in front of your in line/traffic, changing the channel to what your spouse likes on TV, or dying in humiliation on a cross while people laugh and your friends abandon you.
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
The D1AG blog has just posted on "submission: a virtue". The last two paragraphs state: