Chris and Margaret, our church’s Music Minister and his wife, are two of the nicest people I have ever met. When Brett and I started attending our church, they took a special interest in us. They invited us over and were very kind and thoughtful toward us. For a while, we thought it was because we were new and perhaps we had been “assigned” to them. But, after a couple of months, we realized they were just like that – nice.
They are nice to everyone without being one of those cloying, sweet couples that make you want to make a break for the door. Sincerely nice and yet completely human and down to earth.
This Sunday, we had a guest speaker. He and his wife work on the front lines in persecuted countries to free missionaries who are unjustly accused, imprisoned, and/or tortured. After the service, I found myself standing by the special speaker’s wife, my husband, and Chris.
Brett and Chris were making plans to get together later in the week, and Chris made a joke about Brett having to check with “the boss.” Brett makes that same joke all the time – “I’ll just have to check with “the boss.” Ha. Ha.
There are days I wish I was the boss, let me tell you.
Anyway, I laughed and said something along the lines of “I wish I were the boss. Ha! Ha!” Being as we were at church, I didn’t want to let on towards my egalitarian leanings.
The special speaker’s wife stepped in and said, “I’m just so glad to be submissive to my husband. I’m only responsible to follow him, but my husband is responsible to follow God.”
(Picture me mentally rolling my eyes in my head while nodding politely on the outside.)
Anyway, Chris had a great comeback (truly funny). He said, “Well, I don’t know. I think I’d rather follow God than some guy who doesn’t know where he’s going!”
We all laughed (although I did notice the special speaker’s wife looked a little shocked that a man made a joke against submission).
Then Chris made another joke.
He said, “I’ve heard it quoted that submission is simply ducking so that God can deck your husband.”
I laughed all the way home.
I’m definitely using that quote to break the tension the next time someone goes off on a submission fueled rant.