When we stop to consider some of the comments about gender and authority and propriety in chapter 11 of Paul's first Letter to the Church in Corinth (I Corinthians), it may seem very peculiar. Some of the ideas draw upon first century Roman culture. Some of the ideas draw from an order established at the creation of man, in the beginning described in Genesis.
At any rate, there are some useful principles which we can apply today; and still other standards which it would be foolish to try and apply to 21st Century Western Society.
Paul speaks to responsibility and accountability in the context of leadership and also propriety in the context of worship. He does this in ways that can get our hackles up if we are not careful to trust God for fair and just treatment as men and women of God.
God is not some chauvinist, oppressive monster that wants women to grovel before lame men who are unworthy of respect. This chapter speaks to religiously emancipated women about propriety in worship in ways which echo the instructions found in 1 Corinthians Chapter 8 or Romans Chapter 14.
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