Not for us. We KNOW what we’re being forced to submit to. No, let’s think about what’s in the word submission as a choice, as in “choose submission” and then live by it, learn through it, lead under it even. It’s that last part I find interesting — how, when, why and most importantly to whom does a Chosen Leader of the Free World willingly submit the nation and people being led?
(In the UK, the answer apparently is to Rupert Murdoch.)
Sarah Posner is the senior editor of Religion Dispatches, where she writes about politics. She is also the author of God’s Profits: Faith, Fraud, and the Republican Crusade for Values Voters (PoliPoint Press, 2008):
It’s common for Christian politicians questioned about their adherence to submission theology to dodge a scriptural explanation, as Bachmann did. After all, while dominionist-minded evangelicals like Bachmann intentionally set out to bring their “biblical worldview” into politics, they recognize that it’s bad 21st century politics — especially for a female candidate . . .
. . .[I]f Bachmann had explained her interpretation of the theology, we would have gotten a lesson in far more than her relationship with Marcus. We would have received greater insight into what her “biblical worldview” means for her understanding of law and policy.
This has been the year of casting government as family as a way to understand our money problems.
The President of the United States plays the leading man role as head of household for a nation playing out as a traditional married couple with children to educate and aging parents to care for, bills to pay including a mortgage and credit card debt, praying for salvation through hard work and interpreting everything good or bad as god’s will and other people as getting just what they deserve, good or bad.
So candidates to head our national family bring their “family values” to the campaign pictures they paint, putting forward the vision of how they would parent us, whether they’ll help us through a good college (of our choice or theirs?) and into good jobs; how and whether they’ll care for Grandma and the neighbors when they grow too old or sick for making it all alone, set curfews, block our cell phones and computers, decide our mates and control our family planning; what “submission” to their leadership will be extracted from all of us on pain of what “discipline” . . .
So I say it’s worth a good deal of trouble for Thinking Parents actually raising families and paying bills, educating kids and caring for each other the best ways we can as the economy punishes us all for not being the corporate criminals so richly rewarded in the current secular theology, to understand way beyond Stepford sound bites what every word these candidates utter REALLY means.
Because that’s what will determine what those words will mean to us, should we collectively choose (or somehow be tricked or terrified into) submitting to them.