Have you ever wondered about the scripture on Head Coverings from 1 Corinthians 11:3-16? In the past, I’ve read this scripture and thought, oh yes, that must be where the Catholics got the idea of women wearing a veil during mass.
If I really thought about it. I would think, oh yes, that must be why the Amish women wear that cap on their heads. Unlike the Catholics, the Amish women wear a cap all the time. Huh? Interesting? Since it had no relevance to me I would read on.
Then something happened years ago that changed all that. Apparently, a husband decided his wife should be wearing a head covering. And because of the internet he had instance audience of other like-minded people. His idea took off.
Now the very conservative of these people, along with a head coverings, have also stopped cutting their hair. Why? Because “long hair, it is a glory to her.” (I’m guessing) By keeping the letter of the law, this long hair (sometimes to the ground) gives them neck strain, from the weight of it.
Another thing these woman practice is wearing dresses and skirts. Why? There is an Old Testament scripture about not cross dressing. Taken out of context women are not allowed to “wear the pants in the family.”
Another thing I’ve seen practiced is women are not allowed to pray aloud in the company of men. Why? Another verse taken out of context, kept to the letter says, “Women are to keep silent in the churches; for they are not permitted to speak…”
You notice this is all related to women. The men look and act like they live in the 21st century. The women look and act like they are still in the Victorian Age. It is not hurting the mothers who observe these cultural practices, but it is hurting the daughters, who are finding it difficult to find a husband.
I have more I want to say about all this. Next time I will write about the scriptural conclusions about these traditions. I hope to show that in the attempt to follow scripture literally, these dear, legalistic people are mistaken in their application.
1 Corinthians 11:15
1 Corinthians 14:34
Related: Head Coverings – Part 2
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