Because Christianity is bigger than Biblical manhood or Biblical womanhood (Blog of Retha Faurie)

Hierarchal complementarians (evangelical masculists) claim that men have authority over women, and women should submit and do not share in the authority. They claim that men are made to picture Christ (who had authority), and women to picture the church (which did not, they say). They go as far as telling that Christ is eternally subordinate to the father – a doctrine that have been opposed by church fathers through the ages.

I believe they take the metaphor way too far, to things the Bible never teach. But still, if you go from the assumption that we should follow, as far as authority goes, the ways of how Christ treated humans, we get this:

Mat 10:1 He called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out evil spirits and to heal every disease and sickness.
Luk 10:19-20 I have given you [the 72] authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
2 Cor 10:8 For even if I boast somewhat freely about the authority the Lord gave us for building you up rather than pulling you down, I will not be ashamed of it.
Rev 2:26 To him who overcomes and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations—
Luk 15:22 The Prodigal Son “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe [righteousness/restored relationship] and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger [authority] and sandals on his feet [not a slave]. 15:31 “‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours.

Gen 1:28  And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

God don’t keep authority for himself, but shares it. Nor does he withdraw it when we do wrong. Humanity got authority over the earth in Genesis 1:28, and still have it. In fact, Jesus had to become human to save us, because you have to be human to have authority on earth.

If God don’t keep authority for himself, but shares it freely, churches should follow suit, and (even under the husband-as-Christ and wife as the church idea) tell men that women should have authority. That is, if they really want to follow in His example.


Note: I am very much indebted to Joanlp, a commenter here, for this thought.

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