For any organization to be successful there has to structure and order. Nothing flourishes in chaos. When disorder exists people get confused. Paul lays out God’s established order for the church and the home. When we submit to that order it brings clarity. When we don’t it brings confusion.
1 Corinthians 11:3-16
But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a wife is her husband, and the head of Christ is God… 8 For man was not made from woman, but woman from man. 9 Neither was man created for woman, but woman for man. 10 That is why a wife ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels. 11 Nevertheless, in the Lord woman is not independent of man nor man of woman; 12 for as woman was made from man, so man is now born of woman. And all things are from God. 13 Judge for yourselves: is it proper for a wife to pray to God with her head uncovered? 14 Does not nature itself teach you that if a man wears long hair it is a disgrace for him, 15 but if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For her hair is given to her for a covering. 16 If anyone is inclined to be contentious, we have no such practice, nor do the churches of God.
This section of Scripture sets up an order in the church and home that Christians are to follow. Jesus is the head of the man, the husband is the head of the household, and God is the head of Christ. This is God’s established order. While some buck at this as sexist or something for that time it still stands today. For true leadership to happen there has to be an established order and a recognition of who is charge. Resistance against this order produces rebellion in a person’s heart. Submission to this order brings with it peace and blessings for obedience.
Understand the Perception
The issue of head coverings is often questioned. How did this come about? Obviously, we need to understand both the culture and history of that time. In Paul’s time, women wore a head covering to symbolize their submission under a husband. Women who didn’t wear a head covering were considered a prostitute. Paul is telling the women of the church, while they have a new found liberty in Jesus, to keep their head covered to avoid being labeled a prostitute. While these traditions don’t continue today, we still need to be careful how others look at us.
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