“Beautiful when done right,” commented a recent workshop participant regarding the correlation between marriage and dance.
It’s true that both dance and Christian marriage are objects of beauty when done well, but conversely either can be corrupted and unpleasant.
In a recent blog post entitled The Dark Side of Submission, Lee Grady cites examples of how misinterpretation of the scriptures on the husband’s headship has resulted in abuse of women.
“Traditionalists assume that a Christian marriage is defined as a dominant husband who makes all family decisions while the wife graciously obeys without input. Yet Scripture actually portrays marriage as a loving partnership … ,” he writes.
His post is a reminder that we live in a fallen world where Christian marriages are not always the beautiful dance that they could be.
“Headship, in its essence, is not about ‘who’s the boss.’ Rather it refers to the Genesis account of Eve being taken from Adam’s side. The husband is the ‘source’ of the wife because she originated from him, and she is intimately connected to him in a mystical union that is unlike any other human relationship,” Grady writes.
“Truly Christian marriages, according to the apostle Paul, involve a tender, servant-hearted and unselfish husband who (1) loves his wife ‘just as Christ also loved the church;’ (2) loves her as his own body; and (3) loves her as himself (see Eph. 5:25, 28 33). He stands alongside his wife in faithfulness, and she joyfully respects her husband because he can be trusted. And the two become one.”
Dancing in partnership can provide a picture of this beautiful, active, loving and respectful relationship as it was intended by our Creator.
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