August 13, 2011

Does submission mean respect?

First, let me say that I like Congresswoman Bachmann and I believe she is a viable contender for the republican nomination, for the office of the President of the United States. 

This post in no way attacks her and what she said during the presidential debate this past Thursday night, but this topic and more importantly the word submit itself has been greatly misunderstood by many, especially by those outside of the church. 

Will those in the church, especially pastors help provide a sound biblical answer to what has not been communicated with a clear understanding from Scripture?

Did Michelle Bachmann get it right during the debate when she answered the question if she would submit to her husband, if she were elected President of the United States, saying, "submission means to us, it means respect. I respect my husband." 

The commentary that follows by CNN anchor Don Lemon and his guest was good too.

Ephesians 5:22-27 must be looked at closely to understand what the word 'submit' means in Greek, in order to apply it to our lives, from the context of the text. 

Is submission, respect, or is there a greater meaning that we must learn to apply? This has been greatly misunderstood by many as obeying dictatorial behavior, but this is not what the text says submission means.

Please comment with your thoughts regarding the text (Ephesians 5:22-27) in regard to Congresswoman Bachmann's answer.  Does submission mean respect?

Reference -
Meyers, R. (2006). e-Sword. The sword of the Lord with an electronic edge (Version 9.8.3) [Computer software].
Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


BillP said...

I think the man being interviewed was very close in his response. The key to Ephesians 5:22-27 is found in verses 25 and 28 (for proper context we need to go through to verse 30). Christ gave up his life for his bride, the Church. If Bachmann's husband is a Christian, loves his wife as Christ loved the Church, and Christ is the third strand in their relationship, then he is the spiritual head of the household and as such she should follow his leading. He would not lead her in a direction that God did not want her to go.
Her use of the word respect works when you consider she is talking to people who either do not know God's word or are looking to twist what little they do know to their own advantage.

Steve Gagne said...

Hey Kurt, I'll be the first to respond. I don't see the confusion of what Michele Bachmann said on Thursday. I watched the debate too, and what I saw was a deer caught in the headlights. You can see the fear in her eyes as if she didn't know this question was coming. They played it over and over again on TV days before the debate. The answer she gave was utter BS! See, this is what happens when a theist gets handed a question knowing the answer doesn't look good for their religion or shall I say, their beliefs. So she then created a new definition for the word, "submission" and she says, "respect." WRONG!!! I read the passage that you stated, and it is in plain English on what it means. Back in 2006 when she told a crowd full of women to be submissive to their husbands, exposed her for the religious fundamentalist she is. There was no confusion, she lied when she opened her mouth. If your belief in your religion is so strong, she would have been proud of what she said and take ownership of it. Instead, like the politician she is, she lied. Typical Christian if I ever saw one. If I missed something, let me know.

CloudKicker said...

@Steve You're spot on. I wonder what Palin would have said. But I'm sure it would not have been any different.

Jenny said...

I agree with Steve Gagne's comment above. Michelle Bachmann was inconsistent, and was so because she's smart enough to recognize a trap when she sees one. She tried, unsuccessfully, to redefine a word that everyone knows means more than "respect." It means "be subject to."