1 Corinthians 11:5 But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven.
If these words make you secretly angry, this article is for you. Whenever I read these words, I hated them because they felt degrading to women. Sometimes it made me think that Paul thought that women were somehow less important than men. But let’s take a second look at this verse and compare it to the modern church.
First, we get mad at Paul for saying that women should wear head coverings when preaching or prophesying, as well as praying. But wait: our society says women shouldn’t prophesy or preach at all (unless to women.) But Paul didn’t say that. I think that (like so many other physical references in the Bible) the statement he made was meant in both a physical and a spiritual way.
1 Corinthians 11:11 Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither is the woman without the man, in the Lord.
I am going to say this one time. Women are just as important as men! Paul knows this, and clearly states it right here. But even though we are of equal importance we do have different attributes. This is not a bad thing! For instance my brother will walk out of the house wearing plaid shorts and a tie-dye shirt, where as I don’t want to walk into a store looking like a clown! Is that a bad thing? No.
It’s just that women can be more vulnerable to others’ opinions. (Now there are exceptions to every rule, so this is not the case for every woman.) This is not bad, but when you are talking with or about God, He wants us to listen to him without the corruption of other peoples’ opinions or thoughts. So Paul tells us to put on a physical covering to represent a spiritual protection. God did not created this to make us feel unworthy, or like we are the weaker sex, but to empower us. We need to lean on Him and no one else. So let the Lord give you strength through Him, because He loves you!