Wednesday, February 27, 2013

1 Corinthians 11:2-16








 1 Corinthians 11:2-16

Now I praise you because you remember me in everything and hold firmly to the traditions, just as I delivered them to you. But I want you to understand that [a]Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of a woman, and God is the head of [b]Christ. Every man who has something on his head while praying or prophesying disgraces his head. But every woman who has her head uncovered while praying or prophesying disgraces her head, for she is one and the same as the woman [c]whose head is shaved. For if a woman does not cover [d]her head, let her also [e]have her hair cut off; but if it is disgraceful for a woman to [f]have her hair cut off or [g]her head shaved, let her cover [h]her head. For a man ought not to have his head covered, since he is the image and glory of God; but the woman is the glory of man. For man [i]does not originate from woman, but woman from man; for indeed man was not created for the woman’s sake, but woman for the man’s sake. 10 Therefore the woman ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels. 11 However, in the Lord, neither is woman [j]independent of man, nor is man [k]independent of woman. 12 For as the woman [l]originates from the man, so also the man has his birth through the woman; and all things [m]originate from God. 13 Judge [n]for yourselves: is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered? 14 Does not even nature itself teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a dishonor to him, 15 but if a woman has long hair, it is a glory to her? For her hair is given to her for a covering. 16 But if one is inclined to be contentious, we have no [o]other practice, nor have the churches of God.

Often times when I have been in discussions over this passage at least one of the women in the group will shut down when it comes to "The head of the woman is man" I always hear about how no man is over them and women should be strong and stand up for themselves.For some reason it seems like women have this unnatural fear of submitting to authority. I don't know if it is because of the curse that was put on us when we sinned in the Garden, or if its something that has just developed over time but it always seems like women in today's world feel like men are out to get them.


Here in this passage Paul is helping us to see what willing submission is. God is the head of Christ. God, Christ, Holy Spirit, all equally God, equally divine and holy. Yet, Christ willingly submits to God. And has since he gave up his place in heaven to come here to earth as a little baby. To live as a homeless man, wandering around the country side relying on the handouts from strangers, being followed, questioned time after time, and eventually betrayed by a loved one, sentenced for nothing, and finally dieing a horrible death.  All the while Christ continued to willingly submit. Just as Christ is the head of man. It is the man's responsibility to willingly submit to Christ. Man is to look to Christ for guidance on how to run his household, how to manage his finances, and how to live in today's messed up world. Man is the head of woman. It is our responsibility to follow or husbands lead. It is our responsibility to pray for our husbands as he seeks God's will and vision for our families. 

God and Christ are equally God. One is not better, or stronger, or more powerful than the other. But there is still a line of authority that must be established in order to eliminate chaos. Men and Women are equal in God's eyes. Men are not seen as better or more powerful than women. Men are not called to rule over women with an iron fist. We are to live together as equal partners in life but there is still a line of authority that must be followed. When you live in a world with too many chiefs and not enough indians resentment, anger, and maliciousness tend to set in.

When it comes to the section on head coverings and hair length this is a reminder that we need to be careful what messages we are sending out when we are in public. In the times that this was written women who went out without their head covered and women who had short hair were usually prostitutes. The Christian women who chose to go into the church in that fashion were sending a signal to the community that they were open for business, even when many of them may not have even lived in that type of lifestyle. It was very hard for them to be examples for Christ when most people say them as prostitutes just looking for the next bed. This is a reminder that we have to know what messages we are sending. 

Are you calling yourself a christian but when out in public are you wearing t-shirts with ungodly images? Are you taking part in activities that aren't uplifting? In general, what example are you setting? Are you shining for Christ? Or does your lifestyle say your couldn't care less about the kingdom of God?

Paul isn't trying to push women under mens feet. He is helping us to better understand the importance of masculinity and femininity. God, through Paul, is revealing his intent for both men and women, that we properly represent who He is. Men and women have different roles in God's design but both are equally important. Women be women. Be soft and feminine and enjoy being beautiful.

Monday, February 18, 2013

A Different Take on Paul

Sexist
Woman Hater
Male Chauvinist
All of these are terms that I have heard attributed to the Apostl Paul over the years. And for a long time I found myself agreeing with that thought path.  That was until I walked into my very first class in August of 2012 at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
As soon as my teacher started on the topics we would be discussing I immediately thought "Here we go. An entire semester about how I'm supposed to be silent and submissive."
I prepared myself to listen politely and try really hard to not roll my eyes every few minutes.
Then I really began to listen and read the context of the passages. I began to really see the respect and admiration that Paul had for women. The love he displayed.
I know your probably thinking I'm crazy but it's true.Paul shares and describes a beautiful picture of love for women just as Christ sees is. The relationship husbands and wives are to called to have should convey the beautiful picture of the trinity.
In the next few posts I'm going to share some of the things I learned when it comes to some of the passages that are seen as controversial. I hope I will be able to shed a diffent light on these passages.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Laziness

Webster's dictionary defines laziness as being disinclined to activity or exertion: not energetic or vigorus.
"Disinclined to activity" something about that just makes me angry. I mean think about it. Life; the ups, the downs, the good, bad, and everything in between is a gift. So what I don't understand is how a person can seriously be disinclined to activity. How does someone choose to just sit around and watch life go by because getting up and doing something might be too hard?
Proverbs 10:4 says Lazy hands make a man poor but diligent hands bring wealth
Proverbs 12:24 say Diligent hands will rule but laziness ends in slave labor
Poor and slave. Those are some strong words. When I got to thinking about my own life I was really able to see how those terms were so true. When I was being lazy, sitting around my house in my pj's until 2 in the afternoon I had a POOR attitude, my kids had POOR attitudes and the quality of the time I was spending with those around me was very very POOR.
Then I realized that my laziness had made me a slave. A slave to my home that was so disgusting I couldn't think of inviting friends over. A slave to the time I had to spend putting everything back in order, when I finally decided to do something. I wasn't able to give my kids all of me because there was too much work to be done.
There is hope though. Just as laziness has its results so does the opposite. Those same verses in Proverbs say that diligence will bring wealth and allow you to rule.
So many times I could have had better options. More time, a better attitude, and happy healthy relationships with my children. If only I were more diligent I could be in control of my time and find wealth in the activities I do with my family.
Today my prayer is that when I start to find myself falling back into my lazy patterns God will remind me that He has more in store for me if I would only be diligent.
Where do you need to be more diligent? Ask God to help you see and correct the lazy patterns in your life.

Friday, February 1, 2013

I don't own a blender...

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Now, I know what your thinking..

"How can this be?"
"Didn't you get 3 when you got married?"
"How do you blend things with out a blender?"

Well the answer is.....I don't. And up until now that was just fine with me. However, recently I have come across several recipes that I would love to try. But I can't. Because I can't blend the ingredients.

The most recent is this Salsa. I'm not a big salsa eater but Dusty is and I figured that if I could find something he would like I could make it here from scratch and try to save us some money.  But I can't blend the ingredients.

I have also seen a lot of people talking about juicing and smoothie type diets. Again something I think I would like to try for myself. But I CAN'T.

So in short what I am saying is: I guess I need to buy myself a blender for my birthday.