In the Lord, however, woman is not independent of man, nor is man independent of woman. For as woman came from man, so also man is born of woman. But everything comes from God (1 Corinthians 11:11-12).
I like Paul.
I’m sure he’s glad to know that.
Paul knew–certainly God knew– that some people would get worked up over the previous verses. Women would chafe under the mistaken inference that they were second-class citizens, and men would, well, be men and start mishandling their authority.
Which, you know, is pretty much what happens.
So Paul reminds us that men and women need each other. Neither would be here without the other, and we can’t do this life thing alone. Besides, God is the One who creates and sustains all things. He is our ultimate authority.
We need each other, Beloved. So take a deep breath and embrace the role God has given you.