Sunday, May 2, 2010
I have been debating over the past few months about the passage below. I have read other blogs where Christian woman like me are also questioning themselves about the same issue.
I am convinced that submission to God and husband is most definitely a true aspect of this text , but also the sign of reverence is an important aspect as well.
It amazes me that I am 40 years old and never really dealt with this issue.... I guess maybe it is because there were no women around me or in the church that wore head coverings, except one lady but it never caused me to question -*why?*
It was one of my daughters that brought this to my attention and since then I have been reading and searching for answers.
Here I found some excellent points and it has helped me to most definitely understand that although the long *hair* is mentioned as a covering , it is NOT, however, the covering that it is being referred to in the passage.
Here was one of the best reformed perspectives I found and very very helpful.
I am convinced that it is in God's word for the woman cover their head but I am struggling if the covering is required at all times or only during prayers.
1 Corinthians 11
1Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.
Propriety in Worship 2I praise you for remembering me in everything and for holding to the teachings,[a] just as I passed them on to you.
3Now I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God. 4Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head. 5And every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head—it is just as though her head were shaved. 6If a woman does not cover her head, she should have her hair cut off; and if it is a disgrace for a woman to have her hair cut or shaved off, she should cover her head. 7A man ought not to cover his head,[b] since he is the image and glory of God; but the woman is the glory of man. 8For man did not come from woman, but woman from man; 9neither was man created for woman, but woman for man. 10For this reason, and because of the angels, the woman ought to have a sign of authority on her head.
11In the Lord, however, woman is not independent of man, nor is man independent of woman. 12For as woman came from man, so also man is born of woman. But everything comes from God. 13Judge for yourselves: Is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered? 14Does not the very nature of things teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a disgrace to him, 15but that if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For long hair is given to her as a covering. 16If anyone wants to be contentious about this, we have no other practice—nor do the churches of God.