We have confused glorifying God in all things with being the best at all things at all times. When we succeed at doing something we think is great, we feel good about ourselves. However, when we are striving to be like Jesus, we’ll never be perfect at friendship till heaven. If there is a genuine try towards godliness, arrogance won’t even be an option because we’ll be incredibly aware of our desperate state of being. As we disciple and teach, we shouldn’t be pushing women towards being the better wife, we should be teaching women to be a better Jesus-imitator. The result will, in fact, be a better wife.
We are now more connected to people than we ever have been. Or so it appears. How deep can a connection through social media really go? We only get a partial view into people’s lives. It’s like looking into someone’s windows as you drive by their house. It’s only a partial view. Not until I actually step inside their house do I really have a clear picture of what’s going on in the inside of their house, how they’ve decorated, or if they’re neat or messy. Our lives on social media are very much a partial view inside our lives.
Some confuse a basic respect for human life with intrinsic self-worth. Because all people are made in the image of God (persons), all should give others a basic human respect that is fitting for a creation of God that is not an animal or a thing (1 Peter 2:17). When a person has not been given that very basic human respect in a sustained way, they have been greatly sinned against, and must find God’s perspective on suffering, hurt, and forgiveness. They no doubt must also renew their mind with God’s truth on their equality with others (both in sinfulness and as an image bearer). But they do not need to work to build their self-esteem and lift themselves up, or find self-worth. They need to revel in God’s Worth and Person, and in what that means for one who is in Christ.
So they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives. Yikes. When words and communication are kind of your thing, this is terrifying. So how do we do this? How do we respond when we aren’t getting what we want, even when what we want is a good thing (like a loving husband or a respectful wife)?
A theological agnostic says that because certain theological viewpoints can’t be “proven” and because Christians waste time arguing about them, bringing only division, a strong commitment to these view points is at best unnecessary and at worst a short-sighted distraction in opposition to the Christian’s main goal: sharing the gospel with unbelievers.