Under Authority

2 I praise you for remembering me in everything and for holding to the traditions just as I passed them on to you. 3 But I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God. 4 Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head. 5 But every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head—it is the same as having her head shaved. 6 For if a woman does not cover her head, she might as well have her hair cut off; but if it is a disgrace for a woman to have her hair cut off or her head shaved, then she should cover her head. 1 Corinthians 11:2-6

The issue at hand is one of submission. Scholars can and will debate the degrees of this submission.

Throughout the Bible, Christ has always been the Head followed by the husband, the wife, and the children. It certainly doesn’t make the wife or children lesser people, just under authority. If something goes haywire in a marriage relationship, the husband will be held accountable to Christ.

The general application for us all is one of submission to authorities we have over us, whether it’s bosses, elected politicians, or pastors. We can seek to change that authority structure but until then we submit to their authority. If we don’t we run the risk of being in rebellion.

Audit some of your recent activities. Are you obedient or do you grumble? Do you accept authority easily or rebel against it?

Christ wants us to live at peace with all men and to live under authority. Pray for those in authority over you, especially if you disagree with some of the ideas they implement. Pray that God will give them wisdom because they hear a lot of complaint from a lot of different people, and their views can become jaded.

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