I once read that one of the interesting things about C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia was the whole concept of multiple kings and queens of Narnia and one High King. The reason that this is interesting is that we usually don’t think of anything but a King being the absolute ruler, but in Lewis’ books there is rank but multiple people at the same rank.
Submission and Rank
For your entire life you will have someone that you will rank lower than, someone to which you will be required to submit. For part or most of your life, you will also have people that have to submit to you. This is reality. There’s no one that does not have someone they are accountable to or that they rank under.
And yet, it is human nature to rebel against the natural order of things and to seek to supplant leadership.
It was Eve’s desire to know more than God and not to follow the leadership of her husband, Adam, that had her eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. It was Adam’s desire to follow his wife and to eat of the fruit that caused him to rebel against the leadership of God.
To this day, you can see it in Occupy Wall Street and in your kids—there’s a constant desire not to submit, but to overthrow those people who rank higher than you do.
Equality in the American Culture
This rebellion has seen itself cloaked in “equality” in Western culture. Please understand, I’m not saying that any one person is not equal to any other person. I’m saying that there is a difference in rank and position between people, and this society continues to confuse the two.
- Employees consistently attempt to place themselves in judgment over their superiors—judging their motives, putting them down and claiming that they could do a better job, if only they had the chance.
- Politicians continually judge each other and the opponent, rather than telling what they would do they characterize other people as evil, stupid, or other judgmental words.
- Wives have decided that they are equal or superior to their husbands in rank, so they disparage them, they defy them, or they divorce them.
All of this is part of the rebellion of the curse. All of this is rooted in selfishness, a lack of respect and honor, and is beneath us.
The Bible is a Book of Order
From the Genesis account of the Creation of the world to the construction of the tabernacle to the commandments to the Israelites, God shows that He is a God of order. You can see it in how He set up the Israelite government, and how He arranged for leaders and servants in the church.
God provides what I call the Divine Order for families, with the husband accountable to God, the wife to the husband and the children to their parents.
This isn’t a foreign construct. This is how God operates.
So why is it that we cannot see this and live in a rightful order with one another?