Today's Lectionary Text
1 Corinthians 11:2-16
I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions just as I handed them on to you. But I want you to understand that Christ is the head of every man, and the husband is the head of his wife, and God is the head of Christ. Any man who prays or prophesies with something on his head disgraces his head, but any woman who prays or prophesies with her head unveiled disgraces her head—it is one and the same thing as having her head shaved. For if a woman will not veil herself, then she should cut off her hair; but if it is disgraceful for a woman to have her hair cut off or to be shaved, she should wear a veil. For a man ought not to have his head veiled, since he is the image and reflection of God; but woman is the reflection of man. Indeed, man was not made from woman, but woman from man. Neither was man created for the sake of woman, but woman for the sake of man. For this reason a woman ought to have a symbol ofauthority on her head, because of the angels. Nevertheless, in the Lord woman is not independent of man or man independent of woman. For just as woman came from man, so man comes through woman; but all things come from God. Judge for yourselves: is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head unveiled? Does not nature itself teach you that if a man wears long hair, it is degrading to him, but if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For her hair is given to her for a covering. But if anyone is disposed to be contentious—we have no such custom, nor do the churches of God.
Were you there when missionaries to the Blackfeet People decided to change Jesus’s birthday to the gathering of the nations in the spring rather than December 25th? They did not want Jesus born into hell. In the Blackfeet language, the same word for winter became the same word for hell.
Were you there when leaders of the church decided to break with Jewish tradition and make the Sabbath on Sunday instead of Saturday?
Were you there when Coke and Asbury split ways with Phillip Otterbein? Were you there in 1968?
Were you there when we decided to ignore the dietary laws of the Bible because science had discovered a little worm present in uncooked pork, Trichinosis?
Were you there when we redefined the Sabbath to allow people to work on Sunday? Remember the blue laws?
Were you there when a Wycliff Bible Translator left out the entire 13th chapter of Corinthians because the indigenous tribe deep in the Amazon did not have a word in their vocabulary for self-giving love?
Throughout the history of Christianity there have been divisive moments. God always seems to right the confusion over time. In Jesus’s teachings it is the Holy Spirit that leads us into all truth and convicts us of our sin. It’s a God thing!! What are we doing? Somehow, I thought we were about “Making Disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”
-Earl R Detwiler
Chaplain, Tyson Fresh Meats
Retired United Methodist Clergy
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