When we try to solve the problems of this world, we quite naturally preoccupy ourselves with what others are doing wrong, but that is the way of the world. That is not the way of the Christian. The Good News is Jesus Christ has saved us, not that we know how to save others. Therefore, we point to His work, not our own.
So how did I get to this thought? What is the cause of this post? When I commented on insanitybytes22 post (here), The Apostle Paul loved women…, OKRickety replied. Thus, we all began in a little debate.
What did have to say? Well, there is much more, but here is how he started. He begins by quoting from my comment.
‘s complaint is understandable, but casting blame does not solve problems. Often, casting blame just adds to our problems. So it is that and I also had much more to say. I think the following is the crux of my argument.
Much is made of wives submitting to their husband, but we forget that Jesus used marriage as an analogy for His relationship to the church. No analogy is perfect. Unlike Man and God, man and woman are equal. However, nature requires from woman love of the sort Man should give to God, and nature requires from man love of the sort Jesus Christ gave to us.
For the sake of her children, the woman must love, trust and respect her man. Similarly, for the sake salvation, Man man must have faith in Jesus Christ.
The man must love his woman as Jesus loves us, selflessly. The man must be worthy of the trust the woman gives him. Jesus Christ is worthy of our trust. He was something no man can be. He was and is perfectly worthy. Because He lived the perfect life, His sacrifice upon the cross paid the price for our sins. All we can do is strive to follow His example and be grateful for His sacrifice.
If a man could his wife perfectly, he would not need Jesus. If a woman could submit to her husband perfectly she would not need Jesus. It is because of our imperfections, our inability to love God as we should that we sin, that we need a savior. Yet each of us should seek to love our spouses as much as we can. That our Lord commanded to do. Moreover, in this life only giving and receiving such love can bring us close to heaven.