“Now I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions even as I delivered them to you. But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a wife is her husband, and the head of Christ is God. Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head, but every wife who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head, since it is the same as if her head were shaven. For if a wife will not cover her head, then she should cut her hair short. But since it is disgraceful for a wife to cut off her hair or shave her head, let her cover her head. For 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 was not made from woman, but woman from man. Neither was man created for woman, but woman for man. That is why a wife ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels. Nevertheless, in the Lord woman is not independent of man nor man of woman; for as woman was made from man, so man is now born of woman. And all things are from God. Judge for yourselves: is it proper for a wife to pray to God with her head uncovered? Does not nature itself teach you that if a man wears long hair it is a disgrace for him, but if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For her hair is given to her for a covering. If anyone is inclined to be contentious, we have no such practice, nor do the churches of God.” 1 Corinthians 11:2-16.
For a long time I regarded this passage as something that applied to another time. I did not know how this could apply to the modern family and modern society. But it’s hard to miss the fact that Paul bases this message in creation, not culture. So is it possible that our culture has strayed so far from what we were created to be?
When I was a boy, many women at church still wore veils. I didn’t know why. But I didn’t know why we did a lot of things at church back then. And those veils soon disappeared because I also grew up during the 60s and 70s, when women were becoming “liberated” from a lot of social conventions, like chastity, modesty, and respect for men. And these things came about because decades of technological progress leveled the economic playing field that made women less dependent on a husband. And after women got the vote, government slowly began to replace men as their primary protectors.
Today we live in a cultural environment where women’s contempt for men and masculinity is palpable. It didn’t happen overnight, but slowly men have withdrawn from the culture, and from leadership, leaving the most pandering sycophants and suck-ups making sure they say all the right things that won’t offend women. Today, men wear the veil. And it is the most counter-cultural thing to buck that trend, whether you are a man who boldly speaks his mind or a woman who chooses a family over a career.