unveiling the truth
By Gigi Anthony
August 17, 2020
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1 Corinthians 11:1-16
A few years ago my family went to visit the Blue Mosque in Turkey. All female visitors were asked to cover our head, arms and legs, (they even provided the fabric). In another trip to Micronesia, we saw that the women were required to cover their thighs at all times, even when swimming! Of course, we complied out of honor and respect. What’s also interesting, is that going topless was NBD. The local women put on t-shirts for our benefit.
In today's reading the Corinthian believers were sensitive to the Greek customs of the time. They had questions for Paul concerning the issue of head coverings for women during public worship, (which means both men and women were participating in public worship). Within Greek culture there were two broad categories women were divided in; “matron”, who were mainly concerned for their husbands and children, and “hetairai” literally meaning “companions” who were independent and entertained lovers in their homes. Wives were respected, hetairai were not. Matrons wore veils, and hetairai dyed their hair and braided it in such a way to attract lovers. As we read this scripture, we must remember, the rule is not universally binding, however the principle is. The question to ask ourselves is, what is culturally honoring God within one's local setting? More importantly, Paul goes on to explain in (11:3,11-12), neither men nor women are inferior to each other, rather they are interdependent. Both are equal under God. Among equals, submission can’t be forced, rather mutual commitment and cooperation. This was revolutionary considering the time and place! Jesus, though equal to God, chose to submit to our heavenly father in order to accomplish God’s purpose.
Today, we have more freedom in what we wear, whether we cover our head, grow our hair, color it purple, or shave our head, (although good luck finding a salon open).
Bottom Line: Ask yourself, what glorifies God within one’s local setting?
But among the Lord’s people, women are not independent of men, and men are not independent of women. For although the first woman came from man, every other man was born from a woman, and everything comes from God.
— 1 Corinthians 11:11-12
Prayer to start with: God our father, thank you for your Word. May we keep seeking wisdom from you through your Word. As your representatives, may we show respect for all, and when possible, avoid delighting in argument for its own sake.