David M. Green

“But I would have you to know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.” (I Corinthians 11:2)

........Many articles have been written on this topic, and many sermons have been preached about it. However, I am going to take an approach to the subject that few have done. It seems that many preachers want to blame the women for trouble in the home and in many cases that is the truth. Yet, as I look around the country, many times the problem is the men.
........In our text, we have God's ordained headship. In many articles and sermons, the focus is the woman's rebellion against the man. While it is true that many women have rebelled against their own husbands, it is also true that many men have rebelled against Christ. Perhaps this is the root of the problem. After all, why should we expect the women in the church to follow us if we are not following Christ?!? What kind of an example do we show our wives?

“For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.” (Genesis 18:19)

........The problem in today's homes is that the men will not be leaders. Many of today's men are just plain lazy. They will not lead their families in the things of God like Abraham did in this passage. While some men are just rebellious, others don't understand how to be a good leader. Let's look again in I Corinthians:

“Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.” (I Corinthians 11:1)

........Even in secular circles, people will tell you that the best leaders are good followers. We as men need to first learn to follow Christ before we can ever expect the women to follow us.

.“And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” (Joshua 24:15)

........Notice that Joshua was a good leader because he was a good follower. No doubt his family had a great respect for him and followed him because of the example that he gave.
........In the conclusion of this short article, remember that this does not excuse the women in their sin. Many women are in fact not in subjection to their husbands. We as men just need to realize that we need to be in subjection to Christ.