Season: 2 Episode: 022
Summary: Today, Shanda and Albert talk about God’s design for marriage and how men and women compliment each other within their roles. We’ll talk about gender roles, common mistakes made within marriage, and the God-given responsibility men and women have in the family unit.
“Sin has marred marriage.”
“The real reason marriages fail is because people are fighting over control.”
“A healthy marriage is two healthy people coming together.”
“If you have problems, you just bring them into your marriage.”
“God’s design for marriage is a reflection of His relationship with us.”
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God’s design for marriage looks a lot different than the way our culture defines it. Today, women and men fight over roles, control, and we get hung up on the idea that women are to submit to their husbands. So, let’s start with a basic question: does God define the roles of men and women in the marriage? And, how do these roles uphold the framework of the marriage as designed by God in the Christian home?
I think women get offended when we define roles because a lot of times our minds go back to the chauvinistic days of women in the kitchen and men in the field. But God never defined our roles that way. Do you agree that the roles God designed for men and women have more to do with responsibility and duty than they do with tasks and authority?
Now, I want to talk specific roles of men and women as defined by God’s word. How do we know God designed the man as the spiritual leader of the home? Does that mean women can’t lead their homes spiritually? And what is the woman’s role in regard to her husband leading?
What is the danger in a woman trying to fulfill a man’s role? Today, we hear a lot that women don’t need a man or can do whatever a man can do. We never hear a man say he can do what a woman can do. Women are leading in academics, the workforce and gaining ground on so many barriers we once faced. While this is a great achievement, I for one, do not believe a man can or should be replaced and I don’t believe I should do what a man can even if I could. So again, what’s the danger in stepping out of our roles and into ones God never designed for us?
What are some principals we can apply to help make a marriage cohesive and for a husband and wife to work together in unity as God planned?
Can you think of any other questions that will help shed a little more light on this?