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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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.
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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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?

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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 some. 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!)

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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!
Many people ask should a Christian woman wear a head covering? The problem with that question lies in the word 'should' -- what if we wanted too?

38 Comments

  • JS

    I believe the previous two replies to my lengthier comment didn’t go through, but I just wanted to apologize if I sounded too disheartened in my previous comment! God is patient with us in figuring things out and forgives through His Son Jesus Christ, but I know I shouldn’t complain if head-covering is something I have to do (1 Cor. 10:10). I will continue to try doing what I feel God is asking me to do, and I know He will work everything out for the best. Thanks for the post!

    • Elaine Mingus

      You are totally fine. All you comments are visible. I think just rest in Jesus’ grace. Find your own balance and style. Press forward, but don’t forget we have a very understanding Father who understands we are human.

  • J Simm

    I really appreciate this post by the way, and I do apologize if it sounded like I was complaining! This topic in no way should be anything to cause discord. I know God will continue to guide me in the right direction…even if that means so practice head-covering. All in love!
    – J

  • JS

    By the way, I realize it’s wrong for me to complain (1 Corinthians 10:10) about wearing a head covering. Don’t worry, I’ve asked for forgiveness! I’m just going to have to rely on God for guidance.

  • JS

    Thanks for this post! Recently, I’ve been convicted and feel the need to wear a head covering. I’ve been fighting this conviction as I honestly don’t like the idea of heaving to wear something on my head. I’m trying to get through this journey, and I believe it’s especially difficult being that it’s not commonly practiced, and I often feel the need to tell other women they should consider covering as well.

    I had a few instances pointing me to the direction. Most recently, I was grabbing an Aquafina water bottle out of a 24-pack at home (not wearing anything on my head…which is recently uncommon for me). I felt in my heart that my head should have been covered. Anyway, the bottle I grabbed had no label. I looked deeper into the case of water, and that bottle’s label was nowhere in sight. Pretty strange for it not to have one. I’m not exactly sure if this is how I should interpret it, but maybe I picked up the label-less bottle among the ones with labels to because I was possibly wrong for not wearing one…if that makes any sense at all.

    This has really be a struggle for me to be quite honest. I don’t want it to be.

  • D L

    Excellent. I love that you cover based on conviction, despite going against the flow in your non-covering church.

    I previously have covered, (I am in my mid-50’s), but my husband dislikes when I do, and dismisses my convictions on the matter. (He is a Christian, but we are not on the same page, and he does not evidence much desire to communicate or compromise.) I usually try to bring a large scarf with me to church, worn around my neck & shoulders so that I can pull it up for prayer, mantilla-style, and slip it off afterwards, in deference to his embarassment at my covering.
    I would prefer to wear a lightweight tube bandana all waking hours because I feel that since we are to “pray always”; that way I would then be covered whenever I have the need or desire to pray. (Also the lightweight material because it is very hot and humid a good 8-10 months out of the year where I live.)

    Thank you for your testimony and encouragement on this subject.

  • serdlc64

    I get torn between to wear or not to wear.
    I know when men pray they are not to cover their heads. Women should cover, because of the angels it says.
    If we are to pray without ceasing, wouldnt that mean we should have our heads covered all the time and just not as orthodox women do , legalistically.

    • RadicalChristianWoman.com

      I guess, if you are honest…are we praying without ceasing? I mean, I’m not…so therefore, I wouldn’t have to cover without ceasing. In theory, perhaps we should…but I also believe that Paul was addressing corporate prayer/prophesy, not personal devotional (though I do cover during most of my personal devotions).

  • Kayla

    I loved this post. I’ve been feeling so distant from my Father that I’ve had a hard time getting back to my faith. The idea that head covering takes away the “I” from the situation and puts it solely on “HIM” really rung true for me. I was focusing on my own vanities and my own hangups instead of putting it all on Him. Our culture has grown so accostumed to head scarves as a Muslim tradition. But those that wear the head coverings are the more intuned with their beliefs. If the only detriment to my covering my hair is that I’m super religious than so be it. They can say you are extreme in your faith but Christ was quite extreme to go to the cross for us. Just because it’s not what Christian’s do in modern times does not make it any less purposeful. In fact looking at the state of things perhaps we need to take on more of an orthodox lifestyle. Maybe we need to live as the Word commands and not just checking in on Sunday so we can have a free pass the rest of the week.

  • Nancy

    I’m so glad you have as much energy as you do! I’m enjoying your blog, as I tend to wear a hat. I’m trying to work up the gumption to wear more of a wrap tichel type, it’s nice to see other Christian women starting to observe the head cover custom again. It’s beautiful and meaningful.

  • Angel

    I have been SO blessed by finding your blog. I came to headcovering a few months ago and started feeling like I was sinning if I didn’t wear it 24/7. I’ve recently been feeling extremely oppressed and unmotivated and it wasn’t until I found your blog that I realized it’s because I was completely denying myself and who I am! Thank you so much for putting your thoughts out here for others.

  • Amanda

    Hi,
    So I am new at this, recently and very randomly(as He often is), the Lord put head coverings in my heart. I didn’t have one but my mother in law was out of the country where they use them regularly for church services and in prayer. I called her and asked her to bring me one, she replied that the Lord had already put it in her heart to bring me one. I wore it to church yesterday after praying for strength and courage to wear it as no one at my church does. I got a lot of looks and finally my Pastors wife asked me what me wearing a head covering was about. I told her I wasn’t really sure yet, I was just obeying what the Lord had put in my heart and I was going to let Him reveal it to me. I had read your blog before and I found it again, Just wanted to give my random story in case someone out there maybe had a similar one.

  • Val

    Amen. I grew up in a community of Mennonite’s but I am not. I was given a copy of KP Yohannan’s book also. I have been covering for 5 years. In the past I said that if I should cover every day than I would cut my hair, now I use it’s lenth and a sock to make “ the bump”. I love your gorgeous tichel’s but I go more simple in respect for my family as I married the youngest son of a old colony Mennonite preacher! So I was using a triangle as these Mennonite do but I keep getting spoken to in German. I decided to change thinking I would use a smaller scarf but in my searching I found gorgeous tichel’s and I love having my hair covered. It’s so special to only show it to my husband.

  • Nomonde

    I have always had the deep need to cover my head. However I have not followed through. I am always uncomfortable not wearing one and feel like I am ‘home’ when I have it on.

  • Shenary

    This is speaking to my heart. Love it! Like fasting, tithing, speaking in tongues – all things discussed in Bible but not Required. Offered as gifts when God places it on our hearts to be obedient. I am going to be discussing this with my husband (my covering ) and praying about it LOTS!

  • Jennifer

    I am not a fan of head coverings unless you are praying or in church. The scriptures can be interpreted in so many ways. I still find it as a practice that can be used to subjugate women. Wearing a headscarf isn’t going to bring you closer to God and isn’t necessarily going to make you more “modest “. I feel your demeanor, your heart, your beliefs and a conservative type of dress is all you need. I have seen muslim girls dressed like barbie dolls and not in a conservative way but are supposedly more “modest” because they are wearing hijab. If you truly want to appear pious and wear head coverings all the time it is best to do so without wearing clothing that flatter your shape or makeup and jewelry. I don’t think amish wear makeup or jewelry.

  • Elle

    Hi! I linked your article in my blog (www.theacculturatedhousewife.com)! You’ve been such an inspiration for me to cover and I want to direct others to your site. Your blog has been such an encouragement to me! Thank you 🙂

  • Sarah

    I’ve read a lot on the topic and agree that Christian women should consider covering their heads, especially in church. However, the issue I have is with men not covering their heads. Jesus, Paul and all of the Hebrew disciples who were males would have covered their heads. As a matter of fact they were commanded to wear the Talilit during prayer and in service. And there is great question as to if Paul was actually a tent maker or a maker of Talilit, which is the prayer shawl commanded to be worn by men, by God. The word actually translates the same way, and for Paul makes a little more sense the someone who makes physical tents you live in.

  • Lori

    I have one challenge for you… I appreciate your post on the headcovering but have a question on some of the words you used in your post. Such as darn, we have been on the topic of words in our home recently and I am being challenged by my young children about unnecessary words because we will someday give account for every word we say. God bless as you seek to serve Him.

  • Renee

    I have a quick question for you! From your pictures, it looks like you do not cover all of the time, but just at church and while worshiping at home. Is that correct?

  • Jamie Carter

    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.

  • Donna Jule

    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.

    • Elaine Mingus

      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.

  • Missy

    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

  • Missy

    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

      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.

  • Rave

    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.

    • Elaine Mingus

      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?

        • Elaine Mingus

          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.

  • Theresa

    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?

    • Elaine Mingus

      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.

  • Angela

    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!

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