Mutual Submission

 

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.

 

Published by wonderingpilgrim

Okay Boomer - that I am. But not one of them know-it-all ones! Still learning that the more I know, the more I have yet to learn. What I do know, however, I know well.

6 thoughts on “Mutual Submission

    1. Normally I’d take unrelated comments down, but it would be a bit ironical when the post is about free speech, wouldn’t it? So I’ll humour my feline friend and leave it up, at least for a while 🙂

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    1. Thanks Ian, I’ve since discovered that “mutual submission” is a googleable(!) term and regarded as somewhat suspect in some theological circles! My education is not yet complete…

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