It’s such a dirty word.
We should exercise everyday.
We should not stay up late binge watching Netflix. (Netfilx vs. PureFlix: Should You Switch?)
We should hold our tongue.
We ask questions like:
Should A Christian woman cover her hair?
Should a Christian drink beer?
Shoulds are shame-ridden.
Because, let’s face it…no one lives up to them.
Why do we insist on starting all our “Christian” questions with should?
Five Things When Asking “Should a Christian Woman Cover Her Hair?”
1. Determine Your Feelings
How about “do I want to?”
You can do a lot more from that perspective.
Whatever the Bible says about head covering aside, what do you feel about head covering?
If you are opposed to the practice of head covering ask yourself why.
If you like the idea ask yourself why.
Do you have pre-conceived ideas about covering?
Is it stupid? Unnecessary? Oppressive? Legalistic? Unfashionable?
The answer will help you as you begin uncovering the answer to ‘should a Christian woman cover her hair?’.
Now that you know how you really feel about head covering. Let’s bring it before God in prayer.
Things to Pray:
- Ask Him to remove all preconceived notions.
- Ask Him for clarity.
- Ask for confirmation.
3. Consult the Bible
Why do I say ‘consult the Bible’ third?
I don’t think so. I think it’s important to assess our own biases and ask the Lord to protect us from them so we can read the text with an openness to the Holy Spirit alone.
Now, here are the scriptures:
Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ. Now I praise you, brethren, that you remember me in all things and keep the traditions just as I delivered them to you. But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God. Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonors his head. But every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head, for that is one and the same as if her head were shaved. For if a woman is not covered, let her also be shorn. But if it is shameful for a woman to be shorn or shaved, let her be covered. For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man. For man is not from woman, but woman from man. Nor was man created for the woman, but woman for the man. For this reason the woman ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels. Nevertheless, neither is man independent of woman, nor woman independent of man, in the Lord. For as woman came from man, even so man also comes through woman; but all things are from God. Judge among yourselves. Is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered? Does not even nature itself teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a dishonor to him? But if a woman has long hair, it is a glory to her; for her hair is given to her for a covering. But if anyone seems to be contentious, we have no such custom, nor do the churches of God.
4. Recognize the Bias of the Modern Church
And you thought only CNN was biased! The church has a TON of it’s own biases (and so does Fox News too!)
Maybe “bias” is a harsh word. But what else would you call it when almost all modern church women don’t cover their heads and haven’t since the 1960s. (Which BTW was the start of the “feminist” revolution and the decline of our society’s morals…just saying.)
We are all susceptible to bias. It’s difficult to go against the grain…especially when you highly esteem church.
Two Common Doctrines the Modern Church Hold About Head Covering
Doctrine 1: Covering = Long Hair
To clarify: the word “shorn” means cut hair. The word “shaved” means bald headed.
Modern churches teach that “the covering” is a woman’s long hair. But let’s read this statement with the words “long hair” substituted:
For if a woman does not have long hair, let her also be shorn. But if it is shameful for a woman to be shorn or shaved, let her be covered.
Why would Paul say that a woman who doesn’t have long hair needs to be shorn? Isn’t her hair already shorn?
If Paul was talking about hair length alone, perhaps he would have been more specific about it. What is acceptable? Shoulder-length? Waist-length? We don’t know. We need more details.
But perhaps he didn’t give those details because he wasn’t talking about hair at all…he was talking about a physical covering.
Furthermore, if long hair is all that Paul is talking about…then all men with long hair need to shorten their hair because it would be dishonoring to God.
Modern churches also point to Paul talking about nature and stating that her hair is her covering.
But Paul’s reference to long hair as a nature’s natural covering was meant to give more proof that even nature shows woman are to have “extra” covering. (Read More)
Doctrine 2: Covering Isn’t Culturally Necessary Anymore
Many people say that we do not need to heed the “covering” anymore because it’s not culturally relevant. They say that only prostitutes were uncovered. Because there are no more prostitutes roaming around, we don’t need to cover.
This arrangement is especially problematic because history shows that women of high ranking were uncovered often in that place and time period. There are sculptures and paintings of uncovered women. If you are a swanky socialite with tons of money, would you let your daughter get her portrait painted or sculpted looking like a prostitute? Certainly not!
This argument is also problematic because of the small phrase “because of the angels.” Angels are eternal…not cultural.
We cover because of the angels whether it’s culturally relevant or not.
(BTW: This specific head covering is “cultural” argument is used by homosexuals when defending their sin. If God only meant for head covering to be a protective measure against a bad reputation, then homosexuality was only taboo because of diseases which can be eradicate by our modern methods of “safe-sex.” See Video.)
5. Research Both Sides
I’m obviously in support of head covering…but I wasn’t always so.
I, like many:
- Didn’t think about it
- When I did, spouted off cultural or long hair as covering enough.
It wasn’t until I did my own research that a physical covering made more sense than either of those two answers.
If you looking for a positive and well-researched study of head covering, I recommend HeadCoveringMovement.com‘s in-depth study.
There are many online that oppose head covering.
Whether or not you read a supporting or opposing view of head covering, please make sure their research is in-depth and not feelings based.
AND that the rest of their doctrine aligns with the Bible.
Should A Christian Woman Cover Her Hair?
The answer is your own.
Because at the end of the day, YOU…and no one else…will stand before the Creator.
You can be guilted into head coveirng…but what good is that?
There are many reasons I head cover.
Do I believe it’s Biblical? Yes. Without a doubt. And when I do doubt (which I have), I research again and am convinced once more.
But the Lord was ever so gracious and patient with me. And I hope to convey that same grace and patience to those grappling with head covering.
Head covering isn’t a salvation issue. I believe it has spiritual implications but I don’t think God’s going to say, “Well done good and…wait…hold up…no head covering…nah, nah…move along this is not the gate you are looking for.”
Of course, I hope you cover.
I love love love rocking my head covering for Jesus and I want to be an inspiration to you…not a burden.
For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. Matthew 11:30 (NKJV)
Head covering Christian woman who loves good wine, coffee, stinky cheese and missionary books. My favorite dessert is Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake. I am a Christian author, blogger, and speaker. I fell in love with my husband because he had rain drops on his glasses (true story). In my spare time I homeschool my six children (5 girls, 2 boys).