Learning to Submit in a Culture of Self
In our society, submission is not an easy topic. In the church it should be second nature, afterall, we submit to God through Christ. Sadly, though our American ways often cause difficulty in this area, because we are surrounded by a culture of self.
As women we are made to feel inferior or out of touch if we willingly submit ourselves to anyone but self. This is one of Satan’s many tools as he prowls about seeking to devour. But Christ calls us to come out of darkness (1 Peter 2:9). He desires us to know and understand that his love surpasses self, if we only willingly submit following biblical authority.
Amber Gilreath, wife of Dalton, is sharing with us a lesson on biblical submission. You can read her entire post at her blog, “Calling Her Blessed,” But we are giving you a preview here. Be sure to click through to read the entire article.
Biblical Submission by Amber Gilreath
Submission is the yielding of our will to do the will of some authority figure. In our society, authority and submission have become something people scoff at. Submitting makes someone weak. Teaching Christians to submit seems to be a step in a backwards direction when we look at how America has “progressed”: MY life is MY choice. No one gets to decide what I can and cannot do. Tennessee State Representative Sheila Butt pointed out in a submission lesson that William Ernest Henley’s poem which is being taught in all our public schools is paving the way for America’s new attitude:
Invictus: By William Ernest Henley, written in 1888 (Editor’s Note)
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
This is our America: I am the captain of my soul. My head will remain unbowed. I don’t care what the punishment is: my soul is unconquerable. Don’t try to tell me what to do.
America steps farther and farther away from God each day. We as Christians cannot believe the lies that we are being taught and get caught up in this rebellious mentality. Anyone who wears the name of Christ must understand that submission is a very Biblical concept:
- People submit to God (Jas 4:7)
- Children submit to parents (Eph 6:1)
- The church submits to elders (Heb 13:17)
- Citizens submit to the government (Rom 13)
- Wives submit to their husbands (Eph 5:22-24)
I think in every one of these cases, we find lots of Christians struggling with the concept of submission as a result of our society’s view on the subject.
As women, we have an incredible opportunity to be an example for our children, the church and the world in matters of submission. As we previously noted, we have so many authority figures that we are to respect and obey: God, our husbands, our elders, and our government. We must acknowledge these figures and treat them as such. When we disrespect and disobey those God has put as authority over us, we are sinning. I’m not sure we always look at it that way, but we are!
Amber Gilreath graduated with her bachelor’s degree in biology from Jacksonville State University. She is married to Dalton Gilreath. They worked with the Jacksonville church of Christ in Jacksonville, Alabama, from 2009-2013 and then began working with the Airport Road church of Christ in Hot Springs, Arkansas, in 2013. Amber is a blogger, Bible class teacher and stay-at-home preacher’s wife. She aspires to be a homeschooling mother one day. She supports her husband in his ministry in every way that she can. Her mentor is Cindy Colley, “the most wonderful, genuine Christian woman after God’s own heart that you will ever meet”.
~~ Written by Team Member Renée Brown