As Bob Dylan, in his Christian phase, sang, "You gotta serve somebody." And like any man, I have occasionally wished my wife would, like Jeanie, call me "master." But, gosh, I recognize that's just a passing fantasy--and I would never sign a full-page ad in USA Today endorsing the idea. Well, turns out that's just what Mike Huckabee did in 1998.
Then-Gov. Huckabee was one of 131 signatories on a full-page USA Today ad backing a controversial position on the role of women in marriage adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention: “A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ.” The ad Huckabee signed congratulated the convention: “You are right because you called wives to graciously submit to their husband’s sacrificial leadership.”
Where is this notion rooted? In a recent blog item defending Huckabee's view, Lee Webb, news anchor at Pat Robertson's CBN, wrote that the apostle Paul's "directive that wives should submit to their husbands and husbands should love their wives is found in Ephesians 5:22-33. Many in the church would have us to believe this passage is simply a cultural ordinance, in other words, no longer applicable in our modern, more evolved society. Read Ephesians 5:31 and you'll discover that Paul is rooting his directive back to Creation. That means it does apply to us today."
Here's Bono's view of the whole "master" thing: