I read this recently in, The Blue Parakeet by Scott McKnight, (book review coming shortly):

*”If we demand women do something so totally contrary to culture that non-Christians are offended or turned off, we should reconsider what we are doing. Paul didn’t want the dress of Christian women to bring a bad name to the gospel, so he asked them to wear head coverings; by contrast, demanding women wear head coverings in our world may do the very same damage.”

So many of Paul’s directives were about not drawing attention to ourselves by being different for no good reason. Another example is in 1 Corinthians 14:23 “So if the whole church comes together and everyone speaks in tongues, and inquirers or unbelievers come in, will they not say that you are out of your mind?” Again Paul’s concern is what unbelievers will think of our behaviour.

People should be attracted to Christians because of the loving ways we act and not repelled because they think we are wacky.

*The Blue Parakeet by Scot McKnight (Zondervan, 2008)