There ya go...caught your attention with that one, eh??
It's just that during our Bible study tonight, we were reading through I Corinthians 11. We were discussing wives being the glory of their husbands (& husbands being the image and glory of God). I needed to do some study on the word "glory" - I was a bit confused.
Anyway, in discussing this topic later with my dh, we talked about how I Cor. 11 is also the chapter talking about the Lord's Supper. So many people tend to simply "throw out" the verses about submission and headcovering and long hair/short hair....yet they really value the following verses about the Lord's Supper. How can people pick and choose like that?? Who gets to decide?
Our discussion then led us to talk about WHO Paul was writing to (church in Corinth) and WHY he was discussing headcovering (haughty women who were not submitting, respecting and honoring their husbands).
So in THAT SOCIETY, in that day-n-age, to put on a headcovering was a symbol of a woman's submission to her husband. An outward sign of her respect for him, for his position. In that time, long hair on a man was a disgrace. Short hair on a woman was a disgrace. Yet not so in today's society.
*****At this point, many people look at these verse and say, "Well, that was for then - it's not for us today", and that's the end of it. They essentially SKIP OVER those verses and head on into the Lord's Supper without giving the first part of chapter 11 another thought.
WHOA!!! Hold on a minute. Back up, people.
Yes, headcoverings and the lengths of people's hair was the outward symbol used BACK THEN to show honor, respect and submission. Since that no longer really applies to today - instead of throwing the verses away - let's find out HOW THIS TRANSLATES to today, to us here and now.
What can *I* do, as a Christian wife in the year 2009, to show submission to my husband? How can I respect and honor him? How can I make myself the "glory of my husband"? God obviously knew women THROUGH THE YEARS - from the time of Paul, to today and beyond - would need these verses. Yes, even today - not just those rebellious women back in Corinth.
I think we need to really step back and re-read some of those verses. It talks about how man is the image and glory of God, and woman is the glory of man. When I was looking into what the word glory meant, it talked about how God's glory is "the revelation of his being, nature & presence" (from our Bible dictionary). So man represents God (image & glory) and woman represents man (glory of man).
So how can I, today, be the best representation of my husband? What can I do that will bring him honor and respect?
What will my countenance be?
What words will I choose to use today?
How will I spend the money we have?
What kind of attitude will I have against hardships?
How will I train up our children?
How will I speak of my husband to others?
Will my husband feel valued, honored and respected by my actions today? How can I help him? He is leading our family - how can I support him as he shoulders such a responsibility? How can I be "the glory" of my husband?? I'm guessing our answers will vary ~ just as all our marriages are unique & different from one another.
I don't care HOW you do it, but give it some thought. How can YOU be "the glory" of your husband TODAY?!
p.s and if you and your husband have chosen for you to wear a headcovering, that's fine as well. I completely respect that. What an awesome outward display of this idea!! No, I don't think we all have to go out and buy lacy veils or anything, but those that choose to cover shouldn't get our scorn or be the topic of whispered gossip either. I will respect their decision and then figure out how I can best do the same. ~Lori
p.p.s. Now come on, what do *YOU* have to say about all this I Corinthians 11 stuff??????