Jesus Washing the Feet of his Disciples, by Albert Gustaf Aristides Edelfelt
This quote is from Beyond Sex Roles: What the Bible Says about a Woman’s Place in Church and Family, Gilbert Bilezikian ~
The Supreme Example; Jesus washes the disciples’ feet – John 13:1-17 ~
“Washing the feet of the members of a household was considered so menial a task that Jewish servants were not required to perform it. It was relegated to Gentile slaves…The crux of the story resides in the lesson that Jesus drew from his actions. It could be paraphrased: ‘If I, your Lord and Teacher, have been a servant to you, how much more each one of you, who is neither Lord nor Teacher, should feel obligated to be a servant to others.’
In our day, the supreme irony is to watch a mitered Primate dressed in resplendent ecclesiastical vestment rinse with holy water, over a golden basin carried by a couple of priests, the antisepticized feet of subordinates prostrate before the superior’s throne, humbled under the weight of such an honor. Shifting from the sublime to the mundane, one recognizes a strange reverse correlation between the foot-washing ritual of the bejeweled churchman and the attitude of a Christian husband who leaves a room strewn with dirty socks and underwear for his wife to pick up-because he considers it her subordinate role to do so.”
Or we could say the Christian husband who expects his wife to do all the laundry, all the cooking, etc, etc, because he considers it her role. Or the Christian husband who thinks it’s his duty to make all the “final decisions” (why is he under this impression? I’m not sure, because the Bible certainly doesn’t teach it.) In these situations, the leader has taken it upon himself to have the “role”(rank) of decision-making(power) and the woman does most, if not all of the housework(the home is the woman’s domain)…he has too much “important” work to do in the real world to have time to do something as mundane as laundry. Interesting how it happens to work out that way, yet we are told over and over by some complementarians that men and women are equal. Equal in being, that is…but not in the practical duties of every day life. That’s not equality, no matter how prettily you phrase it.