Tuesday, January 5, 2010

A Time and A Place

I don't talk in church anymore.

For the record when I refer to "talking in church", it is exclusive to theological discussions during church service or Sunday school.

Lately, I've begun noticing that my attention was being drawn away during service. Just little whispers or giggles made by fellow church members. I would look in their direction briefly, only to return my attention to the pastor realizing that I had missed what he had said.

I too, have been guilty of whispering to my daughter and husband during service. I realized how much of a distraction I must have been to others. When we are distracted we miss things.

Have you ever noticed that women, generally speaking, use more words then a man, to convey the same idea?

This is the exception not the rule...but generally speaking, we'd all have to agree that even in today's sitcoms, we see the exasperated looks of husbands toward wives when the wife gets to making a long winded point.

By no means am I saying that we ought to consider this just because it is the idea that has been perpertrated upon us in main stream media. Much rather we should take heed lest we stumble head first into to disobedience. Even the scriptures give us instructions on where it is appropriate to speak. (I Corinthians 14:34 KJV)

I listen to women in church who correct, debate and ultimately usurp the leadership of not only their own husbands, but also proceed to impose their theological prowess upon any other men in the discussion. Teaching a man is considered shameful and is clearly scripturally forbidden.  (1 Tm 2:11-12 KJV and 1 Corinthians 14:35 KJV)

I personally have a natural tendency to talk. I consider myself well versed in scripture, literature and a variety of other topics. I am an avid reader and life long learner, however I want to use that knowledge at time when it is appropriate and edifying to the hearer.

Why is this important?

Words are so powerful. (Proverbs 18:21 KJV) For that reason, I have chosen to be very careful about how and when I use them. (Proverbs 17:27 KJV)

Do you want to read more good stuff like this? My good friend Mrs. Parunak wrote an interesting posts called "A Parable About Serving God in the Church" here's an excerpt;
God told men to be leaders in the Church and gave them shepherding and preaching roles. He gave women a lot to do as well. In 1 Timothy, in a discussion of the kind of widows the Church should care for, we get a picture of the life a godly woman should live.
…having been the wife of one man,  Well reported of for good works; if she have brought up children, if she have lodged strangers, if she have washed the saints’ feet, if she have relieved the afflicted, if she have diligently followed every good work. –1 Timothy 5:9-10
We can find another assignment for women in Titus 2:3-5, where they’re commanded to teach younger women
…to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

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Monday, January 4, 2010

The Protective Veil

To my dearly beloved sisters, sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints through the will of God.

Grace and peace be unto you from our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

I received a letter recently from brother Paul. It was originally addressed to the church of Corinth yet it has managed to make it's way through time and space into my hands.

In the 11th chapter and the 1st verse brother Paul began by telling me to follow him as he follow Christ, and I was overjoyed to hear that brother Paul was continuing steadfast in the Lord. I had read countless letters of his trials and triumphs in his writings to the Romans, the Galatians, the Ephesians, the Phillipians, the Colossians and the Thesselonians. I have read of his love for Our Lord and Savior and his diligence in spreading the gospel.

In Pauls letter he talked about a very specific way in shich I could demostrate honor to God and my huband by doing one simple thing. He admonoshed me to hold fast to the teacheings given to him by Christ in that a women must choose to wear a head covering as an outward demonstration of her inward commitment to accept of the order, headship, and the authority of God.

I admit that I stopped several times and reread Pauls letter to be sure of what I was reading. I analyzed his words over the last few months to dicern whether this was a matter of a message specifcally for the Corinthian women or for all women. I also needed to be clear on what Paul meant by headcovering. Some studies stated simply long hair while other argued a literal shawl or scarf for the head.

With much dilligent study and prayer for discernment, I have concluded that Paul meant that I should wear a physical scarf or shawl for my head as a symbol of my agreement with Gods given order and "chain of command.  I have been covering my head for three month now and have become very comfortable.

If this is something that you are struggling with continue in prayer asking God for guidance.