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Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Submission and the Baptist Man

Bruce A. Ware
Professor of Christian Theology
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Dear Dr. Ware,

I loved your sermon on the need for wives to submit to their husbands. You explained it in terms that I think we can all understand. I was particularly impressed with the way you so vividly detailed the consequences of such a failure to submit:

And husbands on their parts, because they're sinners, now respond to that threat to their authority either by being abusive, which is of course one of the ways men can respond when their authority is challenged--or, more commonly, to become passive, acquiescent, and simply not asserting the leadership they ought to as men in their homes and in churches

That said, I'm a little disappointed that you limited the husband's choices to simply beating his uppity wife or becoming submissive himself. Certainly there is a third option, public humiliation.

It's very important to mention that third option now that we have a presidential candidate who utilizes it as his own preferred method. The knowledge that John McCain responds to acts of non-submission by humiliating his wife is key to understanding why he would refer to her as a "trollop" and a "cunt" in front of a group of reporters. When placed in a proper Christian context, this episode becomes more than a simple example of Sen. McCain's propensity to fly into fits misogynistic rage; it becomes a model for how a truly god-fearing man should handle a wife who rises above her station to make flippant comments about his receding hairline.

And that is why I'm casting my vote for him rather than that Hindu guy.

Heterosexually yours,

Gen. JC Christian, patriot

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