The Redistribution of Authority

At times I find myself nostalgic for a time I never knew except through reading. A time most would decry as totalitarian and barbaric. When God setup the laws for his chosen people it was laws of patriarchy. Men had more rights than the world allows today.

The right of family governance is probably the most notable. Men could form a family, protect, guide and discipline with few restrictions compared to modern law.

  1. A father could choose a husband for his daughter. Of course, depending on the kind of man he was this may not be good for her, but are women really doing any better making the choice for themselves. In marriage traditions this right is symbolized by the father giving the bride away but even this is fading away as it has lost all meaning.
  2. A man could nullify the oath of his wife or daughter. Making oaths are serious business and it was understood that a women was more likely to make a rash oath based on feelings that could be a detriment to the family. Interestingly this was still acknowledged in our culture just 50 years ago when a woman could not get a credit card without the consent of a male relative.
  3. A man could keep his wife. Sure she could run away but he had the authority to bring her back if he wanted.

This is a small sampling of rights that God’s law gave men that we no longer have because they were stolen by those in power. Power that is corrupt seeks more power, more authority but there is a finite amount of authority to go around so it must be taken by force or manipulation. In God’s law the goal was to strengthen families not the government. And God warned them that once they had a king he would take from their families. This is what happens, the powers that be want to educate your children and lessen our authority in the home with the end result being broken homes and a more malleable populace.   As much as I would like to see America great again I don’t think it can happen unless we can get enough freedom to make our families great. Call me old fashioned but I still think father knows best. At twenty I didn’t believe that but after 30 years of marriage and six children I have become more like my earthly father and striving to be more like my heavenly Father. Benevolent, loving and to be feared.

Author: old-fashioned-man

I am a follower of Jesus Christ who has been married since 1989. We had four boys then adopted siblings, a boy and girl from foster care in 2008 when my daughter was seven and my son was eight. We reside in the beautiful state of Colorado.

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