For that day will not come until there is a great rebellion against God and the man of lawlessness is revealed. (2 Thessalonians 2:3 NLT)
rebellious – defying or resisting some established authority, government, or tradition; insubordinate; mutinous; seditious; inclined to rebel.
I never realized how rebellious of a generation we are living in until I watched an interview last week. The program kept on warning how provocative the interview was before it began. What it turned out to be was totally opposite of what I thought it would be. It was mostly a traditional family approach to what marriage between a man and a woman should be as God laid it out in the Bible.
I am not naive by any sense, but I never thought rebellion was that prevalent in our society. As I looked closer around me, I saw how it is not just in the world, but the Church has succumbed to this rebellion also in a most dreadful manner. The 1960’s in-your-face hippie generation that questioned the ‘establishment’ has turned into a run-of-the-mill way-of-life of ingrained rebellion. It has become the ‘norm’ while traditional biblical values bring ridicule. As I read the comments that followed this article on the website the following day, I was taken back by the downright hostillity that there was against any traditional values.
What Paul wrote to Timothy back in the first century, truly is a description of our 21st century generation:
You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that! (2 Timothy 3:1-5 NLT)
Rebellion against any rules of the land is one thing. But rebellion against God and His established ways is a whole different ball game. Examine yourself. Do you have a rebellious spirit within you in any way?
Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions (rebellions), heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:19-21 KJV)
The following is a hard copy summary of the interview:
She’s a modern woman, wife and mom, but Gabrielle Reece has a surprising take on the ideal relationship between a wife and her husband. Married for 17 years to surfing legend Laird Hamilton, the pro volleyball star and fitness expert, 43, advises women to be “submissive” with their men in her new book My Foot Is Too Big for the Glass Slipper.
“To truly be feminine means being soft, receptive, and — look out, here it comes — submissive,” writes the former model, who shares three daughters with Hamilton, 49.
Reece, who took off ten years from work to raise their kids, clarified that provocative argument speaking with Natalie Morales on TODAY Friday, April 12, 2013. “I think the idea of living with a partner is ‘How can I make their life better?'” she reasoned. “So if I’m the woman and he’s the man, then yes, that’s the dynamic. I’m willing and I choose to serve my family and my husband because it creates a dynamic where he is then in fact acting more like a man and masculine and treating me the way I want to be treated.”
But being “submissive” isn’t a negative or antiquated thing, she argued. “I think because women have the ability to set the tone that the ultimate strength and showing real power, I believe, is creating that environment. I dont think it’s a sign of weakness. I think it’s a sign of strength.”
After tying the knot with Hamilton in 1997, Reece and the iconic blond went through a rough patch — filing for divorce four years after the wedding, but reconciling two years later.
“I feel like it’s a blessing for us that we’ve gone through a bunch of different things in our relationship, which has allowed us to arrive here today,” Hamilton said during a separate TODAY interview. “We’ve been brought here through what we’ve endured in our relationship and at the end that’s only made us stronger.”
This article originally appeared on Usmagazine.com: Gabrielle Reece: Women Should Be “Submissive” With Their Husbands