I have one word to describe today’s blog: headcoverings. Okay…maybe that’s two words I just smashed together.
What in the world could headcoverings have to do with blogging?
As I said before, we were part of a church plant once (and no…we weren’t that type of church plant ;P). I don’t know how we got on the subject of headcoverings, but we did. Probably had something to do with the “hair is glory of the Lord” scripture – I really can’t remember. But what I do remember is the sweet spirit that poured off an older woman as she spoke fondly of a time in her life that she wore a headcovering.
She fanned away at her tears like the air would dry them as she said, “I just felt God’s presence so strongly in my life at that time. It was like HE was covering me.”
I’ve never been for or against headcoverings. To me, I think it’s whatever you feel God is leading you to, but since that time, whenever someone mentions headcoverings (Christian or otherwise) I think of that woman. Because of her, I have a sweetness associated with the Biblical wearing of a headcovering during worship or elsewhere. (Click this link to see more about The Headcovering Movement).
There are many ministries in our world that have different philosophies they’ve gleened from the Bible. I’ve read books ranging from KP Yohannan, The Maxwell Family, Elizabeth Elliot, Joel Osteen, Michael and Debi Pearl, Rob Bell, Francine Rivers, Randy Alcorn, Brother Yun, David Platt…and a zillion more. If you notice many of those books are on crazy opposite extremes. AND none of them describe my belief system exactly when it comes to those more “grey” areas. And to tell you the truth…I disagree with a lot of what I’ve read, but I’ve also agree with a lot of what I’ve read too. To even put up a list of books I’ve read is setting myself up for criticism. I’ve known that ever since I wrote the blog post “Created to be His Helpmeet: The Book I Didn’t Want You To Know I LOVED!” People either love or hate certain ministries for varying reasons. The book that changed my marriage for the better is no different.
If you are worried that “I’ve fallen out of grace”, I want to reassure you that I have a brain and I’m not afraid to use it. And I always go back to scripture and prayer. And time has a way of filtering out all that is NOT of God allowing only what IS to remain. (Matthew 13:24-30)
As bloggers, our beliefs about women working in/outside the home, homeschooling, female pastors, babysitting, sleep overs, makeup, or teen dating (and on and on and on) are going to be DIFFERENT. Sometimes insanely different, sometimes nearly the same.
Out of respect for people’s beliefs, I’m NOT purporting to forgo blogging on a topic that you feel passionately about. If you have a soapbox…that’s fine. Soapbox away.
But what I want to remind myself and all bloggers is that we serve a God of grace and love. I’m not talking about becoming a blogger that preaches an all-encompassing-acceptance-to-the-point-of-forsaking-the-message-of-the-gospel type of namby-pampy message that we hear so often in our watered-down American churches, but rather I’d like to encourage bloggers to write in such a way that keeps in mind the Spirit of Christ — who loved people right where they are at — failings and all. The way Christ accepted YOU.
There is ONE message we were told to go and spread — the Good News — the message of Christ’s life, death, resurrection and forthcoming return. (Mark 15:16) Yes, preach repentance. Yes, there is such thing as sin. Yes, God is holy. Informing is scriptural, nagging is not.
Whether you are blogging about your opinion about homosexuality, alcohol, submission, suicide, or headcoverings understand that people don’t change their minds just because YOU SAID SO. (Or because you shoved a Bible verse under their nose). People change their minds because you loved and respected them enough to understand who they are, where they are coming from and how they got there. (Click to Tweet)
If you have read Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers (which is based on the Book of Hosea) you may recall the scene where Angel left Michael Hosea in order to return to prostitution. He was crushed. When he located her, he actually witnessed her in bed with another man but yet did not retaliate against her! Instead he beat up the man taking advantage of her brokenness. I don’t think I’ve ever cried so hard or realized the depth of God’s love for me than at that moment.
In Hosea 11, we see that the children of Israel turned away from the one true God to worship Baal and sacrifice to idols.
They were worshiping ANOTHER GOD and yet he said…
I drew them with gentle cords, With bands of love, And I was to them as those who take the yoke from their neck. I stooped and fed them.
Later on in the text God says,
I will not execute the fierceness of My anger.
God had every single reason to be angry — yet he chose to withhold. God had every single reason to condemn — yet he chose to send Jesus.
One day, his holiness will be upheld. One day, there will be people who are judged guilty because they forsook the redemption of Christ. One day, we will understand the fullness of Godly submission. But until that day, I pray that we all blog with grace and humility in all things. Even when we don’t agree.
Like Michael Hosea let us “beat up” the “man” who is taking advantage of the people God loves. We will abolish Satan’s lies and mankind’s sin through truth administered in love. There is no other way. (Click to Tweet)
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