Monday, November 17, 2014

Body Language




The apostle Paul had no intention of instructing married couples in the way of hierarchical authority. Had he wanted to, he had plenty of contemporary analogies at hand. He could've used the common master-slave hierarchy. He could've used the visible Roman military chain of command. He used neither, choosing instead the analogy of the human body, a living example of reciprocating love and harmony. The human body is an illustration of the unified and harmonized Father-Son.

John describes Christ as "...the only begotten from the Father", then Paul uses a multi-faceted greek word frequently translated as "head" to describe the Father in relation to Christ. The translation "head" is also frequently used in describing a husband in relation to his wife. Scholars say the word can also be accurately translated "source" or "origin", which in the context of these relationships, makes sense. God the Father is the Source-Origin of Christ. Adam is the source-origin of Eve.

Malachi tells us God could've made everyone at the same time and instantly populated the whole earth. He chose instead to propagate and replicate us from one body. It wasn't because He lacked power. Eve was the only begotten from Adam. She was from him, divinely sourced from Adam's rib. Adam was man, Eve wo-man, "...because she was taken out of Man". The Lord continues to mystically form couples this way to engender mutual love and affection. Unity and harmony is in the design. Body love. Hierarchical authority is not in the picture.

In marriage, the Lord is not creating modern corporations and CEOs. Obsession with authority is not in His realm. Head-first is the order of our Creator, nevertheless the word "head" has been corrupted in our day by its hierarchical authority connotations: head of state, corporate head, head of DoD, etc. In our day, use of the term "headship" is misleading and destructive for marriages.

Christ is called the First-born from the dead. Likewise, He is the Savior and Source-Origin of his body, the Church. This is the pattern marriages should trace. Christ and the Church is the couple we should be imitating. This is the divine way of peace and harmony in marriage. The alternative route of hierarchical authority is a dead end road. The Lord has a specific Image He desires us to reflect. Reciprocal body love and affection is what others should see. Our marriages should be speaking God's body language.










"By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."—Christ

Monday, October 20, 2014

Saving Private Men




"In creating civilization, women transform male lust into love; channel male wanderlust into jobs, homes, and families; link men to specific children; rear children into citizens; change hunters into fathers; divert male will to power into a drive to create. Women conceive the future that men tend to flee; they feed the children that men ignore." —George Gilder

In the 1998 war film Saving Private Ryan, Tom Hanks plays U.S. Army Ranger Captain John Miller, who during the time of the WW II Normandy Invasion, leads a team on a mission to save the last surviving brother of four servicemen—PFC James Francis Ryan (Matt Damon). It is a mission enveloped in adversity and opposition, sadness and joy. The mission ends in success. The Lord sends women on a similar rescue mission to save specific men. The rescue is intended to play out on the field of marriage, though it happens in a contingent way. "Women shall be saved through the bearing of children" the apostle tells us. And it is through these "saved women" that perishing men shall be saved.

In speaking of women being saved, the apostle is referring to a life preserving lifestyle. He is referring to a specific mental focus and path. It is the path of first producing, then raising disciples of Christ. It is an all-consuming team effort. Man is dependent on woman, and if woman is not saved, neither will man be. Modern culture, however, seeks to divert woman from this saving path, pushing salvation for woman through a college degree. For modern culture, salvation for woman is through the power of the Pill and alternative forms of birth control. For modern culture women will be saved through the avoidance of children.

If private men are to be saved, it will require a new breed of militant women. It will require women with a call of duty. It will require a strong sense of mission and commitment to following Christ. It will require a woman willing to challenge her man. It will not be an easy task. Nevertheless, there is no alternative way. The faithless path of our day is a continued march to destruction. It is the working out of social suicide. The modern path will not advance the Kingdom of God on earth. The question is will a few good women answer the call of duty? Or, while claiming the name of Christ will they follow the compliant and complicit path of Sapphira?

Will women save men...or simply give men sex?




Monday, September 8, 2014

FLAME

Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego surviving a hi-temp furnace unscathed is astonishing to us.  Why?  It's astonishing because we operate on associations.  Heat is hot.  Hot heat burns and causes pain.  Very hot heat turns us to toast.  Our associations with heat affects how we live and use heat.  It affects how we interpret heat encounters in Holy Writ.  Associations is what Claudia Goldin and Lawrence F. Katz write about in their scholarly article "The Power of the Pill: Oral Contraceptives and Women’s Career and Marriage Decisions".

The Oxford dictionary defines a paradigm shift as: "A fundamental change in approach or underlying assumptions."  A paradigm shift took place when oral contraceptives hit the market.  Hardest hit was society's view of marriage.  It severely affected the Church as well, and changed our associations with marriage.  Most important, it changed how we read Scripture on marriage.  Before the paradigm shift, marriage could never be imagined apart from children.  Which paradigm are you operating on?