June 9, 2010

“A wife is to submit graciously...”


“A wife is to submit graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ.” 
       Amendment added to the “Baptist Faith and
           Message” guidelines, 1998
       This controversial amendment to the religious tenets of the Southern Baptist Convention was adopted on June 9, 1998. It’s loosely based on a line from the Bible, Ephesians 5:22, which says: “Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.” The SBC amendment, which also included an anti-gay provision, generated many mocking comments at the time, such as the following…


“I guess the Southern Baptists issued a new ruling this week stating that a wife is to submit graciously to the servant leadership of her husband. What if a husband wants to lead her and the family to Disneyland on Gay Day? What do you do then?”
       Comedian Jay Leno
       On The Tonight Show, June 1998


“Recently, we’ve been warned that God will wreak great vengeance upon Orlando, Florida, unless it stops catering to gays; that God thinks homosexuality is a disease, like kleptomania; that God wants wives to submit graciously to their husbands and Moses to lead the NRA. These signs can mean only one thing: God is a Republican.”
       Comedian Bill Maher
       On his Politically Incorrect TV show, June 1998


“I’m not a Southern Baptist, I’m a Presbyterian. The men of our denomination aren’t likely to suggest to us women anytime soon that we should graciously submit to anything because they’re afraid we’d smack them with our Bibles and leave them in the church parking lot.”
       Freelance writer Kelly Burgess 
       In the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 1, 1998

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