The church is to recognize that ‘willing submission’ among its members loses all meaning when it is legislated. Once legislated, there is no ‘willing’ left. ‘Willing submission’ is a meaningful phrase only when there is a genuine choice. And a genuine choice exists only between equals.
The day had begun in such warmth and beauty, in love and joy, in peace and plenty. And now, though the sun still shone, and the birds still sang, their world was plunged into darkness and the sounds of lament.
The more you interact with this story, and think through the answers to your own questions, the more you are going to come to understand not only the deep issues God presents here, but your own heart.