Paul talks a lot about the body of Christ (men and women) loving and submitting to each other, for example:
“Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ”
(5:21 see also in Eph 4:2, 4.25, 4.32, 5.1, 5.2).”
Then later in Eph 5, it says “For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior.”
Does this then mean that the numerous scriptures about mutual submission stop when you are married? “Head” has been understood as “authority” or “leader,” but many scholars disagreed and argue it means “source”? Why is the metaphorical meaning of “head” so important? Why is this such a hot topic?
Important questions to ask are:
– Are people just trying to catch up with the times?
– Or did scripture all along teach something other than “leader” or “authority” when talking about “head”?
Payne (in the link below) takes these questions and seeks to offer some helpful answers for us to consider and explore. He examines the twelve Biblical pillars of male hierarchy and unpacks some tricky scriptures.
God is into interrupting our worldview and this might be one of those interruptions.