Covering Testimony: Nevadah Martin
Name: Nevadah Martin | Age: 22 | Location: USA | Date started covering: 03/2021
1) Introduce yourself to our readers.
Throughout my teenage years, I was a bit of a prodigal daughter. I lived for the world and looked for the world to make me happy. By God’s grace, I came back to Jesus when I was 19 years old and dedicated my life to Him when I was 20. I’m now a little more than one year into marriage and love the work God is doing in my life!
2) Where do you attend church? Tell us a little bit about it. Do others practice head covering there?
I attend a non-denominational church. To my knowledge, I am the only one who practices head covering there.
3) What led you to start covering?
I first heard about head covering through an Allen Parr YouTube video titled, “Do Christian Women Have to Wear Head Coverings Today?” I had never heard of Christian head covering before. Immediately after watching the video, I wanted to do a deeper dive into this topic. Within that day, I knew I felt called to it. I was amazed by the idea of a Christian wearing a head covering, and I was surprised that I had never heard 1 Corinthians 11 before. I Googled the subject, read many articles and blog posts, and watched multiple YouTube sermons.
I had a feeling from the Holy Spirit that this was something I wanted to look into for myself, rather than forming my opinion based on this one video. For me, the video was kind of just an introduction.
The first argument I found very compelling towards head covering was one I saw in a YouTube video by the channel Relearn. They made the point that even though so many people say head covering is only applicable to the Corinthian church, 1 Corinthians 1:2 says, “To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be his holy people, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ — their Lord and ours.”
I am a big fan of Allen Parr, and I think his video raised awareness on this topic for a lot of people. I also feel like the comment section on this video was great and very supportive of the head covering movement overall. I like how Mr. Parr did not say we should or shouldn’t but gave some considerations on the issue. I may not agree with everything he said in the video, but I still think it was good that he spoke about head covering.
4) Allen Parr made several objections to head covering being for today — what response would you make to those objections now that you have studied head covering further?
“There is a big difference between principles and practices”
First Corinthians 11:2 reads, “Now I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions even as I delivered them to you.” I totally agree with the statement Mr. Parr made, but because of traditions being mentioned here, I believe this verse is talking about the practice, not just the principle.
“. . . but in this culture, there was a stigma attached to a woman who would shave her hair or wear her hair out in public. . . . in that day, many of the Corinthian temple prostitutes would have their hair shaved”
I do not feel that this passage of Scripture is talking about prostitution or the cultural issues associated with the Corinthian church. This is because in 1 Corinthians 11, Paul points back to the order of creation in regards to head covering (v. 8), and then says in verse 10, “It is for this reason that a woman ought to have authority over her own head, because of the angels.” When Paul says, “It is for this reason,” it leads me to believe that the reason for covering is in the text, not found outside the text or in the culture.
“the issue is not head covering or not, but rather if you are a married woman that you should always honor and respect your husband”
In 1 Corinthians 11, it states (v. 3), “Christ is the head of every man.” I do not think Paul would say Christ is the head of only every married man. I believe Paul brought up the order of creation to demonstrate a point about every man and woman, not just married men and women.
5) What was the first Sunday like when you showed up in a head covering?
I remember being a little nervous about what people might think, but nothing unusual happened. No one seemed to notice or give too much thought to it.
6) When do you use your covering?
During prayer, church, and Bible study.
7) What counsel can you give to women that do not cover out of fear?
I would say to pray on the issue first and foremost. Read blog posts and articles about head covering and find styles that you are comfortable in. Most women who cover end up finding that others don’t seem to notice or care much. I feel that the practice of covering is counter-cultural, but the type, or style, of covering is cultural. So in my opinion, we do have some liberty with choosing a head covering that we feel comfortable and covered in.
8) What would you say is the best and most difficult aspect of covering?
I would say the best is feeling comfortable and secure under the symbolism of the covering. I would say a difficult aspect is others disagreeing or not understanding.
9) What kind of covering(s) do you use? Where do you get them?
I use a headband “kerchief” style covering that I order on Amazon. I also have a “Kendall’s Classic Cotton Scarf” by Garlands of Grace.
10) How did you hear about the Head Covering Movement?
I found out about the Head Covering Movement through Googling head covering resources online, and that is how I found the Head Covering Movement Community Group on Facebook as well.