Source: H.L. Goudge – The First Epistle to the Corinthians (Methuen & Co. Ltd, 1926 5th Edition) Page 95 – Originally published in 1903.
[Guest Author: This article was written by April Cassidy. If you’re interested in guest writing for the Head Covering Movement please contact us.]
Externals are easy. It’s easy to kneel in a position of prayer physically for a few minutes and read a chapter of the Bible each day. It’s easy to go to church every Sunday and sit in a pew. It’s a simple thing to eat a little chunk of bread and drink a sip of wine or grape juice at church during the Lord’s Supper. It’s not even hard to put on a hat or scarf.
Some people think that the externals are all that really matters. If you look like you are doing the right thing, that is enough.
God does want us to obey Him outwardly – but He is even more concerned with the inward motives of the heart. God desires me to obey Him outwardly, yes! Absolutely. But He wants me to obey Him for the right reasons and with the right heart. I can go to church three times per week, read my Bible daily, pray, dress modestly, and even cover my head. These are very good things. In fact, they are commands of God for believing women. But why am I doing these things? It is sobering to consider that it is actually possible to do all of these things and to be far from God or to not even know Him. Read more
The dictionary definition of the Hijab is “a traditional scarf worn by Muslim women to cover the hair and neck and sometimes the face.” 1) hijab. Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com Unabridged. Random House, Inc. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/hijab (accessed: December 18, 2015). The definition itself identifies this as Islamic dress. So the question is, should Christian women use a Hijab to cover their heads when praying and prophesying (1 Cor 11:5-6)?
As we’ve covered already, the passage in 1 Corinthians 11 doesn’t identify any particular style for covering the head. Paul uses a verb to command an action (cover her head) rather than using a noun to indicate a particular style (e.g, put on a hijab). This means the style of covering falls into the category of Christian liberty. So if the question is, “is it biblically permissible to wear a Hijab?”, the answer is yes. However, a second question that should be asked is, “is it wise to do so?” Before we give our opinion, I think it’s important to understand the two main views in this debate. Read more
- Head Covering in Real Life (Radical Christian Woman)
“I’ve asked some of the wonderful ladies in my head covering group to share their photos of everyday head covering in real life situations. I appreciate these ladies letting me use their
photos. Pictures like the ones below are a constant encouragement to my head covering life.”
- Faith in the Head Covering (Another Radical Reformation)
“I believe God wants women to cover their heads when praying or prophesying and men to uncover their heads while praying or prophesying, but I don’t think He ever intended for it
to be elevated to the level that we [anabaptists] have turned it into.”
- A day in the life… to cover or not to cover (The Creation Order Mandate)
“I have been covering since February 2015, fast forward to October. I can liken my experience to a roller coaster ride. But, most of the “dips” were built by my own two hands because I
didn’t trust my judgment about the passage, didn’t enjoy being “different”, and believed everyone was against me about it.”
- God’s Glory Alone is to be Seen in the Public Worship Service (A Ruby in the Rough)
“The reason he “ought not to have his head covered” is that he “is the image and glory of God.” It follows that anything that brings glory to anything or anybody other than to God
ought to be covered!”
- Store (Radical Christian Woman)
Elaine Mingus has a few head covering products for sale on her site. She has head covering shirts and a mug. Well designed! Just click on “Apparel” or “Mugs” on the tabs below.
Have you ever wished that you could sit at the feet of a woman that has covered for a long time and listen to their experiences with head covering? What kind of questions would you ask? What advice would they give?
We surveyed seven women that have been covering for 10+ years and found so much wisdom that we just had to share it with other head covering women. Though their stories are different in many ways, we wanted to share the similarities in order to encourage you in your walk with head covering.
First Memories of Head Covering
Choosing to obey the Lord’s call to cover your head is only half the head covering battle. Many women faced internal and external opposition from themselves, friends and family during their first moments as a head covering Christian woman.
“I will never forget the utter fear I felt taking a step outside my front door the first day I wore one. Every time I went to a new place, or seen someone who hadn’t seen me cover before it was hard. I knew I would have to have the explanations ready,” Eleanor, who has covered since 2001, says.
Carolyn, a head coverer of 23 years, says a friend asked her if she was cleaning her house the first time she saw her wearing a simple bandana over her head.
Sometimes beginning head covering can be heartbreaking, especially when the opposition comes from family. Mrs. Robinson has covered for 13 years, remembers a conversation between her and her grandmother, a pastor’s wife.
“My grandmother hated it. [She said], ‘Why can’t you let everyone see your amazing hair? You look ridiculous.'”
Despite the obstacles in head covering, there is some time-honored advice for other head covering ladies. Read more