Few sentences in the Bible generated as much controversy in our day as Ephesians 5:22. In it, Paul commanded Christian wives to submit to their husbands. Some writers say this verse was so controversial that it helped launch the women’s liberation movement of the 60’s. Never mind that the verse has more words attached to it. Never mind that there is a wider context to Paul’s words. Never mind that Paul actually had more to say to husbands. The word “submit” was just too much for many people. In their minds, the word is synonymous to oppression, subjugation, or dominance.
Assuming we can at least have a break from our shock and rage, today might be a good time to continue reading the rest of the chapter. No, I will not try to pacify you with Greek root words and different shades of meaning of the word “submit.” I just want to draw your attention to Paul’s command to husbands. In Ephesians 5:25 Paul commanded the husbands to love their wives to the point of death.
Shocking, I know.