Submission: The action or fact of accepting or yielding to a superior force or to the will or authority of another person.
Submission is probably the most controversial topic of the past 100 years. It has given Christianity a black eye. Good women everywhere have made a stand. We just won’t do it.
I know one thing. I hate it.
I hate it because:
I am bossy. I like being bossy.
Don’t be bossy to those people who are in your care, but set an example for them. Then when Christ the Chief Shepherd returns, you will be given a crown that will never lose its glory. 1 Pet. 5:3-4
I am right. I like being right.
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves. Phil 2:3
Lots of men are wrong and dumb.
But I say, if you are even angry with someone, you are subject to judgment! If you call someone an idiot, you are in danger of being brought before the court. And if you curse someone, you are in danger of the fires of hell. Mt. 5:22
I struggle to be like Jesus.
During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Heb. 5:7
Saying, Father, if you be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but yours, be done. Luke 22:42
He was handed over to die because of our sins, and he was raised to life to make us right with God. Rom. 4:25
So you see my hatred of submission isn’t about submission. My struggle isn’t about justice, fairness or equality. My struggle is a spiritual one. My struggle is to be like the one who personified and sanctified submission. Jesus. And that is a struggle worth fighting through.
“The reason why many are still troubled, still seeking, still making little forward progress is because they haven’t yet come to the end of themselves. We’re still trying to give orders, and interfering with God’s work within us. ” – A.W. Tozer
“Submission is not about authority and it is not obedience; it is all about relationships of love and respect.” – Wm. Paul Young, The Shack