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Agape Feast - the Eucharist models mutual submission for the sake of Christ - from Wikimedia Commons

Agape Feast – the Eucharist models mutual submission for the sake of Christ –  image from Wikimedia Commons

Ephesians 5:21-32 is one of the most manipulated texts for those misguided enough to champion male domination in marriage. Many camels swallowed here while straining at gnats. The kernel of Paul’s argument is mutual submission to one another out of respect for the Way of Christ. No room for misogyny and domestic oneupmanship here. The principle can be extrapolated into our whole network of human relationships.

This week’s parliamentary debate around “freedom of speech ” would be a non-event if mutual submission to one another was to the fore. The discussion wouldn’t even be necessary!

What are the marks of mutual submission?

Let’s try:

  • preparedness to really listen to the other
  • readiness to speak our mind clearly, honestly and respectfully
  • willingness to seek mutual goals and solutions
  • a heart for the well-being of the other

That would be a good start in any setting – be it family, work, or politics.

 

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