A wife's submission to her husband is important to a successful marriage. When two people are bonded together to form one union, there are bound to be trials and disagreements. However, when there is a head of a household, the marriage runs more smoothly. The man should be the head of the household. This is his responsibility as a husband. The woman, however, plays a distinct role, which is just as significant as her husband's. The word submissive has been misunderstood, misrepresented, and ostracized by society today. For this reason, many feminists have protested against the Christian view of submission in marriage. It is viewed upon as inequitable, restrictive, and conventional.
[...] The husband should not impose on things a wife should run. This is where rationality comes into play. The woman plays a role that is glorified by God; nonetheless, feminists view Christian concepts of marriage and family as part of a “patriarchal social structure that is designed to control and repress women.” (Kostenberger, par 4). “Feminists agree that male dominance within families is part of a wider system of male power, is neither natural nor inevitable, and occurs at [the expense] of women” (Ferree, par 1). [...]
[...] He did not exercise his headship in a Christian manner; therefore the marriage was unsuccessful. The same goes for married couples today. A husband and wife are both responsible for exercising there roles the proper way. What is the Christian view? Is it truly some patriarchal structure that is designed to oppress women? No. It is not. The wife has so many privileges, and is free to use her initiative. For instance, Proverbs 31:10-31 speaks of a “capable wife” whose value is more than that of corals” (Proverbs 31:10). [...]
[...] It does not infer that a woman can't think and use her own mind and express her opinions in a marriage. A submissive wife is not ignored, oppressed, or abused. She is loved, valued, and praised. She has privileges that allow her to use her own initiative. Marriage is a partnership that can last forever, if the god-given, dignified roles are applied. WORKS CITED Amato, Paul R., and Alan Booth. "Changes in Gender Role Attitudes and Perceived Marital Quality." American Sociological Review 60.2 (1995): . [...]
[...] In my English literature class, the play “Trifles” by Susan Glaspell portrays a feminist view of marriage. It takes place in the early 1900's. Husbands went out and worked as wives stayed home and took care of the family. In this case, Mrs. Wright is under investigation for killing her husband. She is characterized as a person who is dead inside. She had no children, so she appeared to be lonely. The county attorney and sheriff take the lead in the case, as their wives tag along on the crime scene. [...]
[...] Both partners in a marriage can look to Jesus, and understand that he was the head of the congregation. They can see how he lovingly treated the congregation. The husband can imitate Jesus' headship model of sacrificial love and the wife can imitate the amenable congregation. After considering the feminist and Christian views of a wife's marital submission, my stance on the issue has been firmly established. A wife should be submissive in marriage. It is very unfortunate that women like Mrs. [...]
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