Paul and the Underdog
After Paul the apostle said that a Christian should be spirit filled, he went on to describe how that should address family life and cultural life. In doing this, he did something very unusual in the ancient world. He addressed the subordinates before he addressed the people in charge. He first addressed the wife and then the husband, then he addressed the children and then the parents, and then he addressed the slaves and then the Masters. Up to that time, no one had done that in the ancient world. It shows the difference that Christ makes. Christ, as God, came to serve and so Paul, by addressing the subordinates first reflected, the values of Christianity.
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.
2 Honor your father and mother (which is the first commandment with a promise),
3 that it may be well with you, and that you may live long on the earth.
4 And, fathers, do not provoke your children to anger; but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord—(Eph 6:1-4).
Notice also he has more words to say to the subordinate, then to the parents. Servants come first in the world of Paul.