Strong women

February 3, 2014 

No man worth his salt is intimidated by strong women.

Let me also say this. Common misconceptions to the contrary, strong women are honored in the Biblical narrative, and though it is not my intent to address Paul’s statement that wives should “submit” to their husbands, it should be pointed out that Paul did not in any way say that every woman should “submit” to every man.

Paul also says in that very same context something that gets roundly ignored in many circles: “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.” (Ephesians 5:21 NIV). The wisdom of that little instruction becomes apparent quickly if a marriage is to succeed. So from the outset let’s abandon the narrative that women are somehow in second place in some supposed biblical hierarchy.

Instead let’s look to Proverbs 31 and recognize a woman who is capable of running both a household and a business venture. She buys and sells real estate, and the land she retains becomes productive and profitable. Her husband and kids trust her judgment implicitly with the family’s resources. She is generous to those in need, and she is wise in speech and action. She is not afraid of the future, whatever it happens to bring. She can manage a labor force and earn the love and respect of her children.

This is a strong woman, and her husband is not intimidated. “Her husband praises her,” says the text. “Many daughters have done well, but you excel them all.” (Verses 28-29) Her husband is truly a man worth his salt.

We see this in such characters as Deborah, the judge of Israel, who inspired the men to fight for their freedom. We see it in Priscilla, who instructed Apollos more perfectly in the way of God (Acts 18:26). And Lydia, a successful businesswoman who led her entire household to the faith (Acts 16:13-15).

And who can deny the bravery and commitment of the women who stood by Jesus as he died, refusing to deny him even though all the men had fled for their lives?

Let me say it again: no man worth his salt is intimidated by strong women.

Lenny Cacchio is a resident of Lee’s Summit. He blogs at

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