The following Scripture has often wrongly been used as a justification for slavery. I’d like to mine this story for some other thoughts:
“And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard: And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent. And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without. And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were backward, and they saw not their father’s nakedness. And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him. And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.”
The first question I would ask is WHO SINNED? Yes, Noah was drunk and naked but that is not why this particular verse is given here. Of the 4 men two acted respectfully and honorably, Shem and Japheth acted graciously and covered the nakedness of their father and received a blessing for it, Ham exposed his fathers nakedness and received a curse.
When I’m with a group of men or a man I respect do I expose his flaws or do I respectfully act graciously towards him and seek the counsel of the Holy Spirit for guidance in how I can maintain a respectful attitude towards the man? Do I presume to be holier or more righteous than this man simply because I have exposed a flaw? Do I take the first available opportunity to disrespect him? Think of a beloved uncle or grandfather….imagine openly criticizing them for a failing.
Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.
My husband leaves the toilet seat up.
My husband leaves the cap of the toothpaste.
My husband *insert pet peeve here*.
Now mind you, the husband in his role as Christ is admonitioned to love and honor his wife so he should care about her pet peeves, I’m just wondering if she was covering her husband how he would ever know? Maybe by asking his wife if there was a way to make her more comfortable (since she is doing such a good job of not letting him know what may aggravate her).
Now consider this.
I think my husband lusts after other women.
He’s tempted by pornography. What should I do?
He loses his temper and is rude to me.
He doesn’t give me access to our checking account.
Now we’re talking about some potentially serious problems right? What is the solution? Should the women just go straight up feminist, “equal” partnership and insist on being the judge of her husband? Does she take on the role of Ham? Does she decide to take matters into her own hands or does she “cover” her husband out of respect?
I know the feminist answer.