I met Courtney Joseph in 2010 just before I set up my blog here. In fact it was her appearance on the Rachel Ray show that got me thinking about the title, “Time-Warp Wife.” I liked it. It had a nice ring to it, and besides that, I’m fond of antiques. In fact I have a pay phone on my kitchen wall right next to the vintage Coca-Cola cooler.
Aside from cotton aprons, rotary phones, hand-me-down quilts, and leather-bound books, there’s something else I hold dear to–vintage values. After all, “Jesus Christ [is] the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.” – Hebrews 13:8
But here’s the thing–our world has changed. And the Bible isn’t commonly accepted as today’s handbook for marriage.
I’m all for equality when it comes to men and women, but with that said, I stand beside the biblical principles for marriage. Courtney outlines them on page 57 of her book:
- God created wives to be helpers to our husbands. – Genesis 2:18
- God commands wives to respect our husbands. – Ephesians 5:33
- God commissions our husbands to be leaders of the home. – Ephesians 5:22-24
The thing is that we’re all created equally, but God has assigned us different roles. We see this in government, in the workplace, in the church, and yes–in the family.
If that’s turning back the clock on someone’s rights, be it men or women, then I say let’s turn back the clock and keep turning it back until men and women accept scripture as truth that is both applicable and beneficial to families today.
Earlier this week a reader told me I was narrow-minded, along with a, “Shame on you, Time-Warp Wife.”
It was in response to a quote I shared about love and how the world is redefining love to accept false religions, be tolerant of sinful behaviour, and to avoid offending people with the truth.
The thing is, there is no shame in sharing truth, the only shame is when we don’t share the truth of the gospel.
Truth is a beautiful thing, but there are some days when it’s hard to swallow. And there are some days when you might be walking alone.
Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. – 1 Peter 4:12-14
I love being lighthearted on the blog. It’s fun to share articles like, “36 Ways to Cuddle With Your Man,” but if I alter the commandments of God in the process then my work is fruitless. If all we want is feel-good entertainment, we can turn on some afternoon television, but if we want more for ourselves and for our marriage let’s turn to the Word.
My hope is that we’ll grow together in deep soul-searching fellowship that not only enriches our marriages, it brings glory to God!
For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels. – Mark 8:36-38
Tune in tomorrow when Matthew L. Jacobson expands on the topic of our roles in marriage and shares a bit more of this hard-to-swallow truth. You won’t want to miss it!
You are loved by an almighty God,
The Time-Warp Wife