The first passage of today’s post, comes from the book of Malachi:
13 And this you do as well: You cover the Lord’s altar with tears, with weeping and groaning because he no longer regards the offering or accepts it with favor at your hand. 14 You ask, “Why does he not?” Because the Lord was a witness between you and the wife of your youth, to whom you have been faithless, though she is your companion and your wife by covenant. 15 Did not one God make her?[d] Both flesh and spirit are his.[e] And what does the one God[f] desire? Godly offspring. So look to yourselves, and do not let anyone be faithless to the wife of his youth. 16 For I hate[g] divorce, says the Lord, the God of Israel, and covering one’s garment with violence, says the Lord of hosts. So take heed to yourselves and do not be faithless.
This passage meshes well with this verse from the first letter from St. Peter:
Husbands, in the same way, show consideration for your wives in your life together, paying honor to the woman as the weaker sex,[a] since they too are also heirs of the gracious gift of life—so that nothing may hinder your prayers.
Reviewing both of these passages, one from the Old Testament and one from the New, we can see that God will consider a man’s prayers in light of how he treats his wife. The second passage gives a glimmer of understanding in why this is so: because they are the weaker vessel, a wife has been entrusted to her husband’s care. A woman who marries becomes subordinate to her husband, who has authority over her. But if he should abuse his authority, then he is not only abusing himself, but is flagrantly disobeying God as well. If the third servant who hid his talent was stripped of his wealth and cast away, then what fate awaits the servant who should actually lose or diminish that talent? The message is clear: with great power comes great responsibility, and a husband who abuses his power will find his prayers unanswered.
The second passage is from St. Paul’s Letter to the Colossians:
6 As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives[b] in him, 7 rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
8 See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the universe,[c] and not according to Christ. 9 For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, 10 and you have come to fullness in him, who is the head of every ruler and authority. 11 In him also you were circumcised with a spiritual circumcision,[d] by putting off the body of the flesh in the circumcision of Christ; 12 when you were buried with him in baptism, you were also raised with him through faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead. 13 And when you were dead in trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God[e] made you[f] alive together with him, when he forgave us all our trespasses, 14 erasing the record that stood against us with its legal demands. He set this aside, nailing it to the cross. 15 He disarmed[g] the rulers and authorities and made a public example of them, triumphing over them in it.
16 Therefore do not let anyone condemn you in matters of food and drink or of observing festivals, new moons, or sabbaths. 17 These are only a shadow of what is to come, but the substance belongs to Christ. 18 Do not let anyone disqualify you, insisting on self-abasement and worship of angels, dwelling[h] on visions,[i] puffed up without cause by a human way of thinking,[j]19 and not holding fast to the head, from whom the whole body, nourished and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows with a growth that is from God.
The parts that I have put in bold are the ones I found most relevant. As you can see, Paul was warning the church in Colossus that they needed to beware of worldly thinking. Human tradition infecting the church is not a new phenomenon, it had already begun to infect the church only a few decades after the death of Jesus. Paul’s words seem very timely right now, because worldly philosophies, Feminism being paramount, have replaced Christian Tradition inside most churches. And that second part in bold seems a perfect description of modern day Churchian Women, who are “puffed up” with notions that they are Daughters of the King and the like. Instead of nourishing ourselves with the food of life, we instead fill ourselves with poisons, both worldly and spiritual. Given all of this, it is no wonder that the Church, and our general society, is sick and possibly dying. Until we renounce the world and embrace God, things will only continue to get worse.