Editor’s note: This is one of those crazy-making pieces of illogic that set women up for abuse in Quiverfull Evangelical Christianity, the magic formula of being humble enough, Godly enough, pure-minded enough, good enough that it will stop the abuse. Wake up and smell the coffee, Church, humility and humbleness will NEVER stop an abuser who is determined to hurt you. There are piles of dead or battered women who tried just this advice and still got beaten.
The safest place for the abused woman to go is to set aside her desires for the desires of God. God’s desires are pure and holy. She will never go wrong if she puts God’s desires ahead of her own. This is what Jesus did, and it is what defined and influenced His humility.
There is a misguided humility that a person could ascribe to, which has the interests of other people in mind, even if those interests are selfish, harsh, cruel, and unkind.
Suppose you were married to a mean and domineering man who uses his physicality and mentality as a way to manipulate and warp you. Suppose you read a passage like Philippians 2:1-11 without any biblical guardrails. If your soul is tender and easily influenced (1 Thessalonians 5:14), you could quickly find yourself swerving into a deep ravine of spiritual and physical bondage.
The Christian who desires to be humble, but has a poor view of humility will submit to abuse if they embrace a blanket understanding that counting others more important means any person can do anything to me because I want to be like Jesus. And He was crucified.
Jesus was crucified because He was doing the will of His Father (Luke 22:42). He was not crucified because He had a weird view of humility, which meant anyone could do anything to Him for any reason.
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