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Why Christian Women Want to Wear Head Coverings?

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Head covering Christian woman who loves good coffee and stinky cheese. 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, 1 boy).
I read this great (very short) little book about why Christian women should wear head coverings. I was so inspired by the truth of this book that I started looking for them and found these great fashionable ones from Modli.co. Read the basics of the book on this post and find a link to download KP Yohanna's free ebook Head Coverings.

My go-to tichel/boho look.

“I thought you decided to join a cult,” a friend said when I posted my Instagram photo of me wearing a head covering to church.

I have to give him some credit, the makeshift tube-top-gone-head-covering was a little more traditional looking. I had a good laugh then told him that the previous Sunday I had worn a more modern one but that I hadn’t taken a picture.

But that’s most people’s take on head coverings. If you wear a head cover you must:

a) be in a cult
b) be a Muslim
c) be in one of those Mennonite denominations

NONE of these are true for me! I’m just a Christian who is committed to figuring out God’s true will for her life — in all aspects.

Should a christian woman wear a head covering?

I read this great (very short) little book about why Christian women should wear head coverings. I was so inspired by the truth of this book that I started looking for them and found these great fashionable ones from Modli.co. Read the basics of the book on this post and find a link to download KP Yohanna's free ebook Head Coverings.

Me at a coffeeshop, I usually don’t cover when I go out but since I perform poetry (Christian themed) I figured it’s proper. They think I’m the weird Christian girl with too many kids anyhow. Why not!

I first got interested in head coverings when an older friend cried sweet tears of remembrance while discussing her period of wearing a head covering. She had enjoyed wearing one — feeling more in tune with the Father than ever!

Well heck, I wanna feel some more in-tune-ness with Jesus, too! But I didn’t seek out information until recently when I happened upon KP Yohannan’s book, Head Coverings (The book is super short. Available for free download at the HeadCoveringMovement.com.)

I devoured it, and after my soul hungered to experience head covering for myself! So, I got a shawl my husband had purchased for me and draped it over my head while doing my Bible study. I didn’t experience anything different or profound — no visions of heaven or anything – but I did feel more in align with scriptures.

In the book, Head Coverings, Yohannan specifically states that he DOES NOT want the wearing of head coverings, or lack thereof, to cause division in the church. Division, by way of arguing over head coverings, unravels the very thing that the church needs — a unified body of Christ giving Glory to the one true God.

I dig that. I don’t want to get into a big head covering debate among my friends.

I read this great (very short) little book about why Christian women should wear head coverings. I was so inspired by the truth of this book that I started looking for them and found these great fashionable ones from Modli.co. Read the basics of the book on this post and find a link to download KP Yohanna's free ebook Head Coverings.

Me at Blog Elevated in my swanky hotel room. See I DO have hair!

As I continued reading, I found the true purpose for women covering their heads during communal gatherings of faith (and times of personal quietness before the Lord). God likes symbols of our faith — he told the Israelites to symbolically cover their doors posts with blood so the angel of death would passover them! Moreover, we do it every time we take communion. The host and wine are symbols to remind us of what Jesus did on the cross.  In the same way, a head covering, or for men — an uncovered head, is a symbol of the governmental order of the body of Christ. Yohannan likens a head covering to a policeman wearing a badge. His badge is a symbol of his submission to the law of the land and the enforcement of that law. Likewise, women should cover their heads when they prophesy and pray to show whose authority they are under and whose laws they are obeying and enforcing.

Personally, I want to see revival in the church and in America. If coming under the authority of scriptures about head coverings can bring that even a single step closer, I’m on board.

Why Christian Women Want to Wear Head Coverings

I read this great (very short) little book about why Christian women should wear head coverings. I was so inspired by the truth of this book that I started looking for them and found these great fashionable ones from Modli.co. Read the basics of the book on this post and find a link to download KP Yohanna's free ebook Head Coverings.

And honestly, who doesn’t already head cover everyday anyhow…totally joking.

My absolute selling point from the book was this: by covering “the glory of man” (aka the woman) and leaving uncovered “the glory of God” (aka the man), we are allowing God alone to receive glory. When Isaiah appeared before the Lord, even the angels covered their feet and eyes while admonishing Isaiah to ‘not look at them, but the Lord.’ Covering causes our hearts (and the angels) to be focused on God.

My stingy heart is always seeking glory…it cries out ‘mine, mine, mine.’ I want to get all the credit, but my soul cries out something different. My soul wants everyone to look away from me (even if I’m giving a message) and see only God. I want to be covered to shun my own desire to exalt myself above God.

If you want to read more about the hows/whys or the rebuttals to common criticisms, download KP Yohannan’s book, Head Coverings. I don’t really want to go into all that here.

What I do want to discuss is how to walk that out. What kind of head covering do I want to wear? Should I require my older girls, who have decided to follow Christ and are baptized, wear one?

I read this great (very short) little book about why Christian women should wear head coverings. I was so inspired by the truth of this book that I started looking for them and found these great fashionable ones from Modli.co. Read the basics of the book on this post and find a link to download KP Yohanna's free ebook Head Coverings.

I think I’m so darn funny…This necklace is from Village Artisans. Fair trade, handmade and supporting women!

To answer the first question: a super rad one! I want to wear a head covering that is chic and fashionable. I want to LIKE my head covering. And more importantly, I want to wear one that would inspire both my female children and the women in my church to wear one. Annnndd…I pretty sure my black tube top head cover ain’t gonna do that (I had to work with what I had, right?). When I wore my more fashionable one, I got the “you look cool” compliment. Though I know “being cool” isn’t a gift of the Spirit, it is important to women. Maybe it shouldn’t be, but it is.

So, I set to find “super rad” ones. At first the only ones I could find were the more traditional liturgical ones — the ones we are used to seeing on women from more traditional churches. While beautiful, they weren’t what I was looking for. Then, I found some beautiful Muslim and Sikh ones.

Finally, I landed on MODLI.co. This amazing website was FILLED with not only a plethora of gorgeous head coverings of all shapes and sizes, but also all sorts of modest clothing and dress. When I drilled down deeper into the website I found that the designs were all created by professional designers with an eye for fashion. (Click HERE to see my interview with Modli.co and the #1 most useful item I found on their site!)

I read this great (very short) little book about why Christian women should wear head coverings. I was so inspired by the truth of this book that I started looking for them and found these great fashionable ones from Modli.co. Read the basics of the book on this post and find a link to download KP Yohanna's free ebook Head Coverings.

On Sunday morning of my blogging conference. Gotta represent! #TeamHeadCover

I’m sold.

My daughter and I drooled over the stunning images. I wouldn’t have to answer the “should I require my girls to wear a head covering” question. My daughter wanted to wear a head covering if it looked like that! (She also LOVES the idea of giving God total glory, too! Win/Win).

Sold again.

Why would a “normal” Christian woman want to wear a head covering?

  • To give God alone the glory
  • And because darnit, they are just so stinkin’ cute.

Although I have settled this head covering debate in my heart, I encourage you to seek out the wisdom of the scriptures, pray (uncovered or not) to the Father asking him to reveal His will for you and discuss it with your husband, if you have one.

I believe that you will find the answers you are looking for! Whatever you decide, my prayer is the same. That you would grow in fullness in Christ.

Love always,

Elaine Mingus

 

 

Scroll to see some of my first days of head covering pics below OR see my blog on other people’s everyday head covering styles (so cute)!

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A more vintage take on headcoverings. This is actually an old tube top that I clipped with barettes. I wore a more fashionable and modern head covering the Sunday before but didn't take a picture. Taken from "Why Normal Christian Women Should WANT to wear headcoverings.

A more vintage take on headcoverings. This is actually an old tube top that I clipped with barettes.

My first experience with a head covering after reading KP Yohannan's Head Covering book, which is available for FREE download. Source: Why Normal Christian Women Should Want to Wear Head Coverings.

My first experience with a head covering after reading KP Yohannan’s Head Covering book, which is available for FREE download. I instagrammed it to show my Muslim cousin who inspired me to look deeper into head covering in the first place!

I read this great (very short) little book about why Christian women should wear head coverings. I was so inspired by the truth of this book that I started looking for them and found these great fashionable ones from Modli.co. Read the basics of the book on this post and find a link to download KP Yohanna's free ebook Head Coverings.

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    • Angela
    • May 10, 2016
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    Good for you, and may the Lord.continue showing you the beautiful truths in His marvelous Word! I am also a head covering, Christian woman!

    • Theresa
    • October 15, 2016
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    Serious question: If the purpose of head covering is to give glory to God and divert it away from yourself (and I can’t really see the connection, but that’s not the point), then wouldn’t it also follow that you should simplify your appearance in other ways? For example, foregoing make-up, jewelry, fancy head coverings?

      • Rave
      • December 12, 2016
      Reply

      I agree

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      True. The Bible does say that we should be adorned with jewelry and braided hair but the beauty of a meek and quiet spirit. I don’t think Paul was forbidding the use of jewelry but rather stating that we shouldn’t rely on those for our beauty. I believe we shouldn’t go overboard with our accessories and makeup, but what is overboard to you may not be overboard to me – it’s relative to our culture. For example, modesty in eastern cultures is much different than modesty in western culture. Rouge was considered scandalous in the early 1900s, but now it’s commonplace. We wouldn’t look at a woman with blushed cheeks and consider her ‘a harlot’ as they might have back then.

      I’m, of course, not saying that the Word of God is relative — that would be blasphemy — but I am saying that, in my opinion, the overarching message Paul is trying to convey is one that is emphasizing the heart of beauty inside of the outer beauty.

      I hope that explains my position.

    • Rave
    • December 12, 2016
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    I can understand we all want to bring glory to God, but I don’t think that it is necessary to wear head coverings to bring glory to God. As you’ve already mentioned in your post more than a few people were confused by your head covering as its meaning is no longer connected with the church in the New Testament and more with Islam or cults or Mennonites. And although this is a great conversation starter to talk more about Christ, I feel like your post is more about advertising for this headwear and just following the latest Christian fashion fad. For me personally, I don’t think what you wear really matters (within reason) to bring glory to God. It’s where your spirit is. If we all remember the woman at the well, didn’t Jesus tell her that it didn’t matter if you worship in the mountain or if you did so in the city of Jerusalem, what matters is that true worshippers will worship in the spirit. Ultimately God gets Glory through the spirit not through what you wear. If it helps you be closer to God that’s great, but my feeling is that this post is more of an advertisement for the company that creates that headwear then an actual well-researched post on head coverings.

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      Just because a tradition isn’t associated with Christianity as it was in the past does not make it a moot point. That would be Christian relativism which is dangerous ground.

      As for advertising, I have many head covering followers that need viable ways to purchase head coverings.

      This post was my first post on head covering and I was coming at it from “telling my story” perspective. I’ve written many well-researched blog posts on my blog and on HeadCoveringMovement.com.

      I hope that you change your mind about covering, as I believe it’s important to show the headship of Christ in this symbol. Even heathens recognize the importance of head coverings in their spiritual practice – but in our Christian culture we’ve taken on the culture of extreme feminism that flies in the face of God’s order. As women, we refuse to cover for modesty’s sake, we refuse to believe that women aren’t to teach over a man, we refuse to submit to our husbands – all in the name of “Christian freedom.” But the Biblical mandate is to forgo our rights in order to obey God and win over others to Christ. We are slaves to Christ, called friends but nonetheless bondservants who have willingly given over our freedom in order to do the Father’s will.

      Your comment suggests that the scriptures contradict themselves. That what Jesus said would go against what Paul (who was blinded by Jesus and chosen by God to give the good news to the Gentlies) said. Paul’s words are scripture. We attest as Christians that the Bible is inerrant word of God, so when Paul says to cover, then we are to cover. Jesus wasn’t discussing how to worship in the physical sense.

      What you are saying is that it doesn’t matter how we worship Christ as long as “we have a good heart” – but even Paul says he cannot trust his own self.

      Paul mentions head covering right before the practice of symbolically taking communion as blood/flesh — a practice we still maintain. Why is head covering thrown out , but communion kept in?

      Worshiping in truth and spirit is the inward action, head covering is the outward showing of this submission to God’s authority. Of course, one can head cover and not worship in truth and spirit, just as one that isn’t covered can worship in truth and spirit.

      But I must ask you, why do you oppose head covering? Is it just based on your feelings or scripture?

        • Rave
        • December 12, 2016
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          I haven’t deleted any of your comments.

          The article you sent is locked without registration. I tried to register but I’m having problems getting any confirmation email to view the article.

          As an article that is directed at complementarians (as I am a complementarian)- here is an open letter by The Head Covering Movement to those not restoring head covering.

          If you choose not to head cover, I respect that. This article is more meant for women who are open to the idea and want to explore it more.

          BTW – the article (the part I could read) suggests that head covering is about submission to the husband, which is where I think the failure of understanding head covering lies. Head covering isn’t about submission to my husband (as I believe unmarried women should cover too), but a response to the governmental order of creation. (See: Why Single Women Should Head Cover)

          The wording “because of the angels” also give problem to the cultural view of head covering considering angels are eternal, and they are not bound by culture.

          Despite any pros/cons for/against head covering – we could go back and forth sending each other blog posts to prove our point. But that’s not apparently going to change either of our minds.

          So let us part with Romans 12:18 (NKJV)
          If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.

    • Missy
    • January 29, 2017
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    Thank you for discussing this controversial subject. I am just a Bible believing Christian, who wants to please God – and 1 Corinthians 11:5-6 is pretty straightforward. I also believe that I am suppose to be humble not conformed to this world – so I don’t want my head covering to be fashionable. When I wasn’t a Christian, I dressed for the world – to impress and look good. And it my self esteem got a boost when people would compliment me on the way I looked. Personally, now I want to separate myself from the worldly women – and look like a godly woman. I don’t wear any makeup and I strive to wear dresses that are plain and modest. I have definitely been persecuted for being a ‘radical Christian.’ At first I felt uncomfortable – and would cry because of how people made me feel. But the longer I walk with Jesus (it has only been 2 years since I became a real Christian), it feels good to be representing what I believe a true Christian woman should look like. But we are all on a journey – and maybe my interpretation of the Bible is all wrong. I certainly don’t look down on Christian woman who want to be fashionable – but this is just my interpretation of God’s word. God bless and thank you for sharing.

      • Lynn
      • February 7, 2017
      Reply

      I agree 100% Missy.
      You are gorgeous Elaine!
      I love your website but I would love to see the more natural you.
      Thanks for the encouragement and support.

    • Missy
    • January 29, 2017
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    I also wanted to add that I wear my head covering all the time (except when I sleep….more for practical reasons – pins jamming into my scull, my head covering getting caught and pulling at my hair – ouch!!) I talk to God all day…so it would be impractical for me to have to run and grab my head covering every time I want to have a quiet moment with the Lord. And when I go out in public – I want my head covering to prophesies. It gets people thinking ‘Is she in some sort of a cult, or what?!’ And it even gets some people to just ask me ‘Are you in some sort of a cult, or what?!’ Ha Ha – But then that is my chance to tell them that I am a Christian and tell them about Jesus….if they haven’t run away from me by then. I feel like I prophesies just by wearing a head covering.

    I also just read some comments below – and I just wonder how Christian women who are against a head covering interpret Corinthians 11:5-6. I see a command from God and I do it. I don’t rationalize why I shouldn’t do it. I try to not let those comments frustrate me – but I see myself in those women before I was born again – and I want to warn these women to read the Bible and follow it. When I was a deceived fake Christian, the only message I was willing to accept was ‘Jesus loves me – and no one can judge me.’ After I started to read the entire Bible (not just passages that would excuse my sin – and keep me in sin) I realized that Jesus wants us to follow Him…..which means doing what He says.

    And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?
    Jesus – Luke 6:46

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    I make Christian jewellery, which is also a no-no for some folk. However, whenever I read blogs like this and visit sites like one I stumbled upon called “Liturgical Time” which specialises in women’s head coverings (I don’t get commissions by the way) I nearly always think of “Hallowed Ground”. Recently, I put up a link to an article about how clothing standards when going to church have changed dramatically over the years and asking had we lost some sense of the awe and reverence of coming into God’s presence, whether it is by taking off your shoes, covering your head or wearing your “Sunday Best”. It had the lowest engagement of the stories I had put up and I am sure many thought I was a 1950s wowser, but I have seen the shifts from dressing to the nines in the 50s and 60s to the 70s, 80s and 90s when we all became part of Team Jesus with an easy going, happy clappy familiarity. God is our friend, our Father, our Brother, but he is not our mate or our bro’! People show their reverence in many ways from just being very quiet when you enter a church, to dressing as if for a formal gathering, by covering their head willingingly to show the honour it is to be able to stand in God’s presence. It’s not about a display of wealth, but an appreciation of the fact that you are not the centre of the universe, God is. So whenever you think about coming into God’s presence, whatever you choose to show reverence, let it always be a reminder that you stand on hallowed ground.

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      Agreed. And I visited your Etsy shop. Very beautiful jewelry.

      It’s such a fine balance between showmanship and honor. Then on the flipside you have false humility. I have no problem with jewelry, fine clothes or makeup…nor do I have a problem going without those things.

      I like to think about cultural shifts. People in the 60s/70s (at least in America) probably dressed in jeans to church because they were weary of the “showiness” church people who said one thing but did another. There clothing exemplified their authenticity to be who they were on the inside before God…jeans and all. So it was not “wrong”. It was a statement against the “white-washed tombstones” much like Jesus spoke about.

      But the pendulum has swung in other direction. We have no reverence for the church. Men wear baseball caps. Teens come in pajamas. It’s too causal. There’s no respect for the house of God.

      The balance needs to be restore for sure, but it can’t be forced. It must be relational.

      None of this is a commentary to what you said, more of an addition to what you say, so don’t think I’m refuting or arguing.

      We must pray that the Lord shows us that have the wisdom, how to gracefully impart it to the others.

      People followed Jesus for a reason. They wanted to be like him.

      I’m sure if he wore a black tunic, they would have too. Or at least considered it. He probably wouldn’t have even had to say anything about it.

      Oh, Lord, that we would have that type of influence.

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    I’ve always been … well, my vocabulary fails me so I’ll have to go with a story.
    I was hanging out with a friend at a fair and we were watching a pugil stick fight in progress.
    “That looks like great fun! We should go next!” I suggested.
    “You can’t …” He told me.
    I could feel indignation rising up in me as my internal monologue kicked in: “Who was he to say that I can’t?”
    “I mean to say, you would loose because you’re weaker than me.” He finished.
    I wasn’t having it, so I refused to play any of the other games he wanted to play until we had played the one game I wanted to play. And so we did. I didn’t care who won or lost, I just wanted to play the game.
    Another time, I was with another friend talking about some cultural tradition or other.
    “You must try this!” She said.
    “I won’t!” I replied.
    So it is with me and head covering, the more people tell me that it’s something I must or I have to do, the more I fight back and refuse it. The more people tell me that God says I have to submit, the more my instincts kick in to fight back. I guess I just can’t stand being ordered about what to do or how to live.
    You would think then, by ordering me to not wear a head covering, then I would wear one just to spite people who say that I can’t – but the truth is I just don’t like stuff on my head. I wear only the things that I like to wear, things that are comfortable, and make me feel confident in who I am. Head coverings / hats / visors / shawls / scarves / hoods / fascinators / bonnets / etc. are not one of those things.

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