Cornerstone Magazine Spring 2014 - Page 7

ALL MY SINGLE LADIES My name is Nia Campinha-Bacote, and when I grow up, I want to submit to my husband. Hold up. Hold up. Before you all go writing a BDH article about some girl who wants to surrender all her rights to a man, let me clarify: I love the idea of submission, but only the way God intended it to be. Enter one of the most controversial and misunderstood verses of the Bible: “Wives, submit to your own husbands as to the Lord” (Ephesians 5:22). What? How can this be? I’m not giving some man—whether he’s my husband or not—control of my life! These were just some of the many thoughts that ran through my mind when I first encountered this verse, and I can imagine several other ladies out there have thought the same. However, before we become fully enraged by this verse, it is crucial we look at it in its original context, its original language. If you do a Google search of the word “submit”, the first definition to appe