I AM The LORD show some respect 1 Cor 11:2-16

Testimony of your church speakers

Ladies, before you delete this post, from all the commentaries that I have read, the heart of

To cover or not to cover what is the point?

To cover or not to cover what is the point?

the issue of this passage is; how do your preachers/ teachers honor God in your culture by their dress or demeanor? How do you represent God to others through the church pulpit or public prayer? What is your heart in your representing Him? Are you trying to draw attention to yourself or to God by what you do in any giving culture? Head coverings or veils portray the idea that it is the message, not the messenger who has the authority and deserves the focus, saying – don’t try to look at me under this veil, it is not about me, pay attention to what is being said (“Don’t shoot me, I’m just the messenger”). Look at the example in heaven. The angels fly around the throne with their faces and feet covered calling out Holy, Holy, Holy, is the LORD God Almighty… They are drawing no attention to themselves as they declare his glory. As teachers, we are to be “spot light operators” as we direct people’s attention to God, not “performers in the spotlight”. When our dress and or demeanor redirect the people’s focus on to us as speakers, we are stealing the spotlight from God. Coverings portray God’s authority over us. What does that look like culturally today in the west as compared to the Middle East?

Propriety in Worship

1Cor 11:2 I praise you for remembering me in everything and for holding to the teachings, just as I passed them on to you. 3 Now 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. 4 Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head. 5 And every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head—it is just as though her head were shaved. 6 If 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. 7 A man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but the woman is the glory of man. 8 For man did not come from woman, but woman from man; 9 neither was man created for woman, but woman for man. 10 For this reason, and because of the angels, the woman ought to have a sign of authority on her head. 11 In the Lord, however, woman is not independent of man, nor is man independent of woman. 12 For as woman came from man, so also man is born of woman. But everything comes from God. 13 Judge for yourselves: Is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered? 14 Does not the very nature of things teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a disgrace to him, 15 but that if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For long hair is given to her as a covering. 16 If anyone wants to be contentious about this, we have no other practice—nor do the churches of God.

As we ponder God’s character from the above passage, I wonder if God would answer our signature question below in the following way…

Who are you Lord?

I AM the Almighty God of Heaven and I deserve your respect. I have made a way for all men and women to approach my throne boldly as my children through Christ. How you approach me will reveal what you think of me, and how you pray in public will show that to the world. All too often you pray mindlessly, without considering whom you are speaking to. Are your prayers about showing people what you know rather than actually entreating something from me? When you treat me as a peer, you will come before me irreverently. When you treat me as the Great I AM of the burning bush you should respect me. I AM your Father, whom you should respect and humble yourself with gladness and confidence.

I AM God for ALL cultures. In Christ there are no Jew and Gentile, slave or free, male or female, as all are one; but what good does it do you or what glory does it reflect on me when the communities in your culture have problems with your Christian liberties. Yes all things are allowed, but why flaunt them to the detriment of your testimony within your culture? If you repel the listeners by the way you pray, what good are they for my glory? None. My Gospel and my church are to thrive in every culture. Consider your audience both within your own culture as well as cross culturally and bring them along in your Christian liberties carefully so as not to offend. Do not live for your liberty’s sake but for my glory’s sake.

Women in the limelight

It is a natural tendency for women to want spotlights shown on them. When God separated Eve from Adam, he divided many of his transferable attributes between them. God put the desire to be noticed by others predominantly in women to reflect God’s desire for humanity to notice him. Women want the attention of their significant other, other women, and thanks to our western ways; even women leaders in our congregations desire celebrity attention. (Don’t believe me? Just look at how your little girls twirl their new dresses for you, or how women desire that you notice anything new.) This passage deals with this desire in the service of the church and it will look different in each culture. Whether you are a man or a woman teacher, what is your focus in ministry – personal popularity, to impress, to increase in numbers? If so, you are stepping out from under your God given authority. This is why in Biblical times; coverings were given to women as a reminder. What reminder can you practice today in your culture?

The way it is and how it got there

Ever since from the curse after the fall in the Garden, women have longed to usurp man’s authority, and conversely ever since then, man tends to relegate his authority to her as he did in the confrontation with Satan. Balance is needed. Men need to step up and take their God given roles in the home and church seriously and should give women in Christ the proper liberty to exercise their gifts as co-heirs in Christ. But also, women need to willingly support and yield to the man’s position over them under Christ and his God given authority in the church and home as this passage points out. How you act at home is reflected in the church regardless of whether you can see it or not. Others can.

In the church – Just because women feel like they can run the home better than men, does not give them permission to take over the running of the church. However, because women are good at running the home, they are natural candidates for taking positions in the church provided they have a right attitude about it. How is your head covering fitting? Are you humbly lending your talents and spiritual gifting to the Lord in his church? Or are you trying to get ahead and make a name for yourself stealing the limelight? Godly humility recognizes gifting in self and others and exercises them for the Lord’s glory and not our own. It allows others to take the stage to exercise their gifts. Man’s tendency is to be a slacker and let others do the work, but this is not an excuse for women to jump up to run the show. Bottom line, the best way to represent God to others is to show the world humility so that the message you are trying to convey is not confused with showboating.

More to come,

Steve

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2 Responses to I AM The LORD show some respect 1 Cor 11:2-16

  1. Jamie Carter says:

    “When God separated Eve from Adam, he divided many of his transferable attributes between them.”

    What verse do you get that from? None of my Bibles say that anywhere.

    • strostrud says:

      You are absolutely right. Not to get into some big argument with you, but I realize that your point is valid. Gen 1:27 and 2:23,24 is the account of God creating man and woman and it doesn’t say all that I have inferred specifically, but when God created man and woman in his image and likeness, that infers that both of them are in his image and likeness specifically so we can know him personally. He created the entire universe to reflect his glory so that we could appreciate the various fundamental truths found in nature that reflect who God is and worship him for it. For example, we would not understand the concepts of infinity or eternity if it wasn’t for the fact that God created an infinite universe and made it black so we could see through it. Only being able to see the vast number of galaxies can we have a glimpse as to how long eternity is or his eternal nature. Man is the epitome of Creation because we are in his image unlike anything else created, and woman is the glory of man. The very fact that he died for our sins so we can be together forever with him means that we are more valuable to God than the entire universe. With this in mind,
      God gave man a mind, will, emotions, Love, tenderness, authority, strength, protective spirit, mercy, compassion, nurturing, beauty, graciousness, humility, and any other trait which you see demonstrated in humanity, and all reflect God’s personal traits to us (after the fall our natures were corrupted as we exercise our free will to be selfish in every manner possible). Male and female traits are different in some ways and can be considered typical of the different genders (although not exclusively). However, both groups of gender specific attributes come from God who is Spirit and possesses them. If God is our heavenly Father and we can call him Abba, then he is in touch with his feminine side more than any Guy I know because he made woman and designed what makes her tick. Through these various traits we as humans can relate to God personally. Thus when he put them all inside of Adam first, when he said that it was not good for man to be alone, I will make a helper suitable for him, I deduce (there i said it) that he divided these traits to one degree or another into both of them. He does say that only together in marriage can they be one flesh. So alone each gender is not complete. One book said “if man is a picture of God, then woman is a picture of his face”. Marriage demonstrates the unity of the Triune Godhead to the world, and why he says that he hates divorce.
      Anyway, there are a couple of books that I have been told about that portray this concept. “Wild at heart”, and “the Divine Marriage”.
      Steve
      Eph 5 speaks to the cure for the curse (usurpation and subjugation) in marriage. In the marriage both are to submit to one another laying down their separate interests to serve the other in love and respect.

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