1 Corinthians 11:2-16
2 I praise you for being faithful in remembering me. I also praise you for staying true to all my teachings, just as I gave them to you. 3 Now I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ. The head of the woman is the man. And the head of Christ is God. 4 Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered brings shame on his head. 5 And every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered brings shame on her head. It is just as if her head were shaved. 6 What if a woman does not cover her head? She should have her hair cut off. But it is shameful for her to cut her hair or shave it off. So she should cover her head. 7 A man should not cover his head. He is the likeness and glory of God. But the woman is the glory of the man. 8 The man did not come from the woman. The woman came from the man. 9 Also, the man was not created for the woman. The woman was created for the man. 10 That’s why a woman should have her head covered. It shows that she is under authority. She should also cover her head because of the angels. 11 But here is how things are for those who belong to the Lord. The woman is not independent of the man. And the man is not independent of the woman. 12 The woman came from the man, and the man is born from the woman. But everything comes from God. 13 You be the judge. Is it proper for a woman to pray to God without covering her head? 14 Suppose a man has long hair. Doesn’t the very nature of things teach you that it is shameful? 15 And suppose a woman has long hair. Doesn’t the very nature of things teach you that it is her glory? Long hair is given to her as a covering. 16 If anyone wants to argue about that, we don’t have any other practice. And God’s churches don’t either.
Ok, I love challenging verses in scripture and this is certainly one! Paper and ink were incredibly costly in the first century, and Paul, the author of this letter to the people of Corinth, was an incredibly wise and insightful leader. This tells me that, while we are free in our culture to choose whether or not to wear a hat and cut our hair, there were things going on in Corinth that meant that it was very important for the believers in that city to respect and follow a certain dress code, especially when it came to hair and hats!!
To this day, the way that we present ourselves, remains important, not for the sake of vanity, but for the Glory of His name (for the Church represents Christ).
Lord, help us to have a right understanding of how we should present ourselves in all aspects.
Written by Justin Ware