If so, how often have you heard them take this text literally:
3 Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. 4 Rather, it should be that of your inner self…
“Women, your beauty should not lay in outward things. Spend no time on your hair, make-up, or figure, even if your husband wants you to – rather spend time on the inward beauty.” – Hypothetical preacher of this text
By comparison, how often have you heard them take this text literally:
1 Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives
“Women, submit to you husbands! Do not talk to them about God, only submit to win them over!” – Hypothetical preacher of this text
Why would the latter, only two verses prior to the verses on outward appearance, be preached more? Because female submission pleases husbands, while spending no time on outwards appearances do not please husbands. Such a focus is based on man, not the will of God.
Another example: do you know Christians who will specify in detail how wives have to submit/ subject themselves to husbands, but when the Bible uses the same term for believers having to submit/ subject themselves to authorities, (Romans 13:1)1 they hardly talk about it, and qualify it to the point of being almost meaningless? This is not sincere Bible Interpretation, but men wanting to lord it over others – maximum subjection for everyone below them, the minimum for them towards anyone above.
So, tell me: Do you really think that man-on-top theology “takes the Bible on face value”? I don’t.
1 “The most disturbing thing about the hyper-fundamentalist, patriocentric crowd, though, is the hypocrisy of every political position they take. They want the government out of their lives as much as possible, with intrusion at an absolute minimum, no Big Brother forcing them to do things they don’t want, telling them how to do the things they are allowed to do. No controlling or meddling in their lives in areas the government has no right to be snooping and directing… Freedom, freedom, and more freedom, so they say. I’m with them so far.
They want … freedom galore for everyone, so they say – except for their own families (who are treated like their own personal state property), ruling their own homes in the oppressive style of Stalin, and except for those with opposing political views. Freedom…for them to be unabated religious tyrants and control the lives of others.
Democracy for themselves. Communism for their families and enemies.” – Lewis Wells http://thecommandmentsofmen.blogspot.co.za/2010/06/paradox-of-patriarchal-politics.html