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Overcoming Head Covering Pride

Overcoming Head Covering Pride

Once I discovered the truth about head covering, I started telling my friends and family about my decision, but only a few have joined me in covering.

As a head covering woman, I’m often left wondering why aren’t more women in our western churches covering? Why do our churches insist on viewing covering as a ‘cultural’ thing when it clearly is not?

The scales have fallen off our eyes and we want everyone to understand the blessing of covering, but when we are met with so much resistance it’s easy to find yourself slipping into self-righteous judgement and pride.

We think, ‘I know the truth. Those people don’t. I don’t even think they care to know the truth about covering.’

Even when you try to be humble, somehow arrogance tries to sneak its way into your heart. You think, ‘I am so wise. They are ignorant.’

Of course prideful thoughts don’t stop with head covering, they can show up in every area of our lives. Our nature is sinful — even though we choose to cover. In fact, head covering is just another area we have to watch out so we don’t become prideful in it!

Pride is one of those easy sins to let slide, but is it one that needs much consideration.

The Bible says that ‘Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.’ (Proverbs 16:18 )

Destruction? Really? That’s a pretty heavy word, but I think it points to the idea that God takes the state of the human heart very seriously.

As women who cover, I think we should pay extra special attention to the opinions of those who do not cover.

When we speak to them, we should be gentle and full of grace.

When we think of them, we should be even moreso.

The Bible tells us that we should think of others better than we do ourselves. (Phillipians 2:3) Not the other way around.

I’m not going to lie — when you see someone in error — it’s easy to cast the first stone, but remember Jesus and the adulterous woman. She was found in one of the most grievous of sins and he — though he was God — showed her humility and grace.

Covering doesn’t make you holy, it is only an outward sign of something in your heart. It is the corruption in the heart that makes you unclean. (Matthew 23:27)

You can cover all day long — even while you sleep — but if you are inwardly arrogant and boasting of your own righteousness, you have missed the point of being under the authority of Christ. To be like Christ, is to be lowly and not self-seeking. It’s a tall order. One that only can be fulfilled with the help of the Holy Spirit.

Instead of judging other women that have not found the beauty of covering, let us instead put our head coverings to good use and fervently pray for a revival in Biblical womanhood and that the Lord would change their hearts towards covering.

Elaine Mingus

Elaine Mingus always knew that some day she’d be a real writer. After graduating from the University of Texas with a degree in journalism, she imagined herself walking up and down the streets of New York but instead found herself walking up and down the stairs of a house in the suburbs of Austin, Texas chasing six children. Today, she writes on the side, happily pimps a white picketed-fence and a minivan but still dreams of New York. She blogs regularly at Radical Christian Woman.

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