Even Angels Can Learn From Human Submissiveness

Christians need to be careful to always act in accord with their faith, because we never know who may be watching us. Indeed, not only do we have other humans for an audience, but there is even a supernatural audience watching us. In his letter to the Corinthians the Apostle Paul states that women must be submissive to their husbands and fathers in order that angels can learn from their positive example:

A man ought not to cover his head,since he is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man. For man did not come from woman, but woman from man; neither was man created for woman, but woman for man. 10 It is for this reason that a woman ought to have authority over her own head, because of the angels. (I Corinthians 11:7-10).

The Apostle Paul here says that women should wear head coverings in public church services, but that men should not. This is because of the order that God has created. A woman’s body must not attract too much attention to itself during church, because her body was created specifically to give physical and sexual comfort to her husband. God designed women with a special kind of beauty that attracts a lot of attention to itself. This beauty must be modestly restrained during church services so that it does not take attention away from the worship of God. There is nothing “evil” or “wicked” about a woman’s body, it is nothing to be ashamed of. Female beauty was created by God, and is a good thing. However, it was created specifically as a gift for her husband, and it should not be flaunted in an ungodly way. Therefore, Paul says that women should wear headcoverings in church as a sign of their submissiveness to their husband’s authority. This is not because women are spiritually inferior to men (see verses 11-12), but because they have been given a separate role than men have been given, and they must honor God by thankfully accepting their role. They should not view their position as a curse, because it is not one. Serving is a blessing, and many Christian women will have great rewards in heaven for faithfully serving their husbands. This kind of selfless sacrifice sends a message to the angels, who themselves have had to face the temptation of rebelling against God’s order. The message that they can learn from joyfully submissive women is that much blessing will come when we each embrace the calling for which we were created.

 

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