Biblical Equality In Marriage
Biblical Equality In Marriage
1. Factually, the traditional Christian views of marital roles are not oppressive to women. This relies unanimously on the foundations provided by the Bible regarding the marital roles every man and woman should assume with respect to the success of their marriage. For instance, van Leeuwen (2012) provides an accurate description regarding male headship with respect to scripture. In accordance with Ephesians 5:22, the scripture provides that the male within his marital role comprises headship over the family. As such, the verse provides for the enjoinment of wives as subject to their husbands as to God (van Leeuwen, 2012). Thus, such a verse provides a clear distinction of the marital roles each partner assumes within the marriage. Nonetheless, the main problem arising regarding the oppression of women lays on the interpretation of the scripture. This is in accordance with the concept of the Dark Side of the scripture, which reveals the effects of scriptural interpretation in belief of Christian and theological doctrines (Sparks, 2013).
Nonetheless, scriptural interpretation by men does provide an oppressive perspective towards the functions of women. This is in accordance with the views expressed by the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood regarding the establishment of man’s role as the head with respect to the Creation Account. Such views also receive expression in Catholic doctrines whereby women undergo restriction from taking authoritative positions irrespective of both sexes possessing an infinite amount of spiritual gifts that should gain recognition (Rubio, 2003; van Leeuwen, 2013). Furthermore, Rubio is not egalitarian based on her advocacy for celibacy regardless of marriage. Rubio asserts the marital status of Paul and Jesus as well as the contributions of John Paul II in providing for her support for celibacy as a means to serve God and raise the family, and as such, does not focus on the pursuance of egalitarian views.
2. Scriptures such as Ephesians 5:22 and Genesis 3:16 provided a directive regarding the roles of men in marital partnership that should be indeed be considered an unfair treatment to them. For instance, the husband is supposed to sacrifice his life and his love for his wife just as Christ loved the church. This indicates that the husband should prioritize the needs of his wife’s such as a lover and as a mother before he does his own (George, 2009). Thus, if such ideals are lost, then the losses will be insurmountable and as such, cannot undergo compensation. In addition, traditional Christian views gave men tougher responsibilities than it did to women. Regardless of the fact that it is a matter of gender, men were required to perform difficult tasks.
3. Indeed, there has been a corresponding shift in marital roles. As Rubio (2003) points out, the woman assumes the role of breadwinner and wife, which further dents the respective marital relationship. Nonetheless, the cause of such problems redirects back to the rebellion. On one hand, the husband does not fulfill the priorities of his wife on a social and familial perspective. The wife, in turn, acts in rebellion by exercising headship within the relationship thereby establishing conflict in the short-term and the possibility of divorce (Spencer, 2009). As such, such problems and deviations arise from the acceptance of contemporary marital roles, which seek to interpret the roles of marriage as oppressive in nature. Furthermore, the fact that the modern society does not hinder the condition necessary to issue a divorce indicate a stray from conventional marital roles since divorces nowadays arise out of other issues other than the prerequisite set by Jesus which was the evidence of adultery.
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van Leeuwen, M. S. (2004). Is equal regard in the Bible?. In D. Blankenhorn, D.S. Browning & M. S. van Leeuwen (Eds.), Does Christianity teach male headship? The equal-regard marriage and its critics (pp.13-22). Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.