A funny thing happened today, after Mass this morning, I went to the Church parking lot and got in my car. I started the car and noticed and long white strip of paper under my windshield wiper; looking around at the other cars I saw everybody had this strip of paper. So, I got out of the car and got it. Here is what it said. "For the husband is head of the wife,as also Christ is head of the church; & He is the Savior of the body. -Ephesians 5:23.
I thought 1st For the husband is head of the wife. Now that is quite a statement, and I didn't know what to do with it. And why is this on my car? Wonder if everybody got the same thing? And if not, why did I get this one?
The problem, as often happens when the Bible is quoted, is that the statement is taken completely out of context and incomplete.
In this part of the Epistle, St. Paul is talking about the relations between husband and wife and likens their relationship to that between Christ and His Bride, the Church. And in saying that the husband is the head of the marriage body and the wife is subject o him as the head, he lays a very serious obligation on the husband.. The clearest expression of that duty to the wife is that he love her as he loves himself with all that implies. He reminds his readers that husband and wife are one.
By comparing the role of husband and wife to that of Christ and His Church he raises the place of marriage to a very high level as well as that of the wife.
Remember he was writing to people in a culture that treated wives as possessions. And he was teaching that they were not.
Whoever left that snippet appears to me to believe that men are to be dictators within a marriage. A total distortion of Paul's message.
Thanks Paul, you have explained this well, and yes, it was written to people in a culture that treated wives as possessions. I don't think this was singled out for me, but was a random one.
When I go to church I will ask others if everybody got the same scripture verse or not, and how come this is being done. Or maybe it came from an outsider. At this point I am not sure, but like I said it struck me as odd.