I met a fellow on line on an egalitarian board who was there to set all those wayward egals straight concerning what the Bible truly said.
He tried to be patient. He also had a heart for the abused, both male and female. And because of that sincere heart, I really couldn't completely dismiss him.
However, his solution for what ailed the world and Christian marriages was following the 'biblical' example of Patriarchy.
He was so sold on the idea that patriarchy was the biblical solution, the divine healing structure that he couldn't see that it was patriarchy that was causing so much of the trouble to begin with.He said something that I found to be absolutely stunning. It was something that he believed from the bottom of his heart.
He told me, "If you reject Patriarchy, you reject your heavenly Father."
Has anyone else ever heard this one? Does this man's claim hold up when compared to the words of Jesus?
Let's take a look.
Matthew 23:8 But do not be called Rabbi; for One is your Teacher, and you are all brothers. 9 Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven. 10 Do not be called leaders; for One is your Leader, that is, Christ.
I don't know about you folks. But it seems pretty clear from the above passage that Jesus was not concerned about maintaining Patriarchy or any hierarchy structure for that matter. So it appears that Jesus Himself is rejecting Patriarchy. And if Jesus rejects Patriarchy, then I believe it is safe to say that rejecting Patriarchy is not equivalent to rejecting our Heavenly Father.
EChurch@Wartburg – 4.26.15
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