Many may believe that this means that fathers rule over the home. To preside means to love, serve and sacrifice for others. He gives direction to his family and sees his children are taught correct principles. Many men in the church have the opportunity to hold the priesthood, which is power and authority given by God.
Although women have traditionally fulfilled supportive roles in serving the church and gained their greatest joy and sense of accomplishment from being wives and mothers, the feminist movement has successfully influenced many women to abandon these divinely ordained roles. Unfortunately, this movement has made headway even in the church, creating chaos and confusion regarding the role of women both in ministry and in the home. Neither received more of the image of God than the other. So the Bible begins with the equality of the sexes. As persons, as spiritual beings standing before God, men and women are absolutely equal. Despite this equality, there is in Genesis 2 a more detailed account of the creation of the two human beings that reveals differences in their God-given functions and responsibilities.
Without a doubt, God gives women strength, particularly in our marriages. When we become wives, we also become stewards of strength. We are responsible and accountable for how we us our strength. A Christian wife is a woman of strength.
T hroughout history, women have often been oppressed and even abused. But what does the Bible say about how men should treat women? What does the Bible teach about the very special role of women within the family and the Church? Many of us are most comfortable with women in those familiar roles. Yet Scripture is also full of important women who were leaders without compromising their roles as women.