In an earlier post, Conversation at Our House, an interesting conversation about beliefs concerning “scriptural” gender roles began. From the comment section:
“I think most every true bible believing Christian would agree that God intended for man to be the leader in the marriage.”
Not intending to single out a commentor, I pulled this quote to show that we all have a tendency to claim that our understanding of certain issues is “the truth.” The reality is that we filter our understanding through our current grids.
I have read what seems like millions of posts on this topic. I think that egalitarians and complementarians will probably be debating the meaning of the same few scripture passages forever, always reaching the conclusions that support their position.
I’m not really interested in getting into an exegetical discussion about specific Scripture passages. That has been done extensively in many places. I appreciate those who have done the work of researching these scriptures. However, as I said, I have little hope that conclusive agreement will ever be reached on this issue.
What I would like to do is share more personally how and why my understanding about the topics of submission, authority, and hierarchy have changed during the last couple of years.
For those who want more scriptural background, I’ve read through plenty on this topic and rather than parrot their conclusions, I would rather simply point to those who have done the research.
Just for the record, I am a true bible-believing Christian, and I would guess that many of you are also, even when we don’t agree.