Covering your head

There are many views on the passage in 1 Corinthians 11:2-16 ... the passage regarding head coverings.  Most people today believe that head coverings are only for the Amish, Mennonite, Muslims, or Jews.  But on the contrary, head coverings are for all ladies.

Let's walk through certain verses in this passage together, so you can understand my reasoning behind my statement head coverings are for all ladies.

"But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven." (1 Corinthians 11:5)

"Well there you have it Alisha.  If we are to cover our heads, it shouldn't be daily, but only for church."

Okay I see that reasoning, since the verse states prayer and prophecy.  However let me state this first before I move on:

"Pray without ceasing." (1 Thessalonians 5:17)

According to this verse, we are to pray non-stop.  Which means ... covering your head should be daily if you are to constantly be in prayer.  That's just something for you to think on.

Now here are a few questions that I've heard people ask others and questions that I've read:

:: Are head coverings only for Sabbath?
:: Will I be mistaken for being a Muslim young lady?
:: Is covering your head a Salvation issue?
:: Is covering your head another form of modesty?

Okay allow me to answer these questions:

:: Are head coverings only for Sabbath?

~ Head coverings can (or should) be worn daily or can be worn only for Sabbath.  Since it's not a Salvation issue, I say don't fuss over it and become legalistic.

I actually know a dear, sweet young lady who wears head coverings for Shabbat and Sabbath.  Why?  To set apart Friday night and Saturday apart from the other days of the week, in order to save something special for her Lord's day.  Is she legalistic about it?  Absolutely not ... it's her own personal conviction.

::Will I be mistaken for being a Muslim young lady?

~ I want to answer this question with a question:

Would you rather be known as a modest muslim young lady or a young lady of the world?

Being that the head coverings are different in the Muslim religion, I would say that you would probably be mistaken for a really conservative Christian young lady.

:: Is covering your head a Salvation issue?

~ Absolutely not!  I do believe however that covering your head is way to show your love to your Heavenly Father.  I love the verse in John 14:21:

"He that hath my [the Lord's] commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him." 
(John 14:21)

"Alisha, covering your head isn't commanded by God, but Paul."

Technically Paul doesn't command covering your head, but addresses it to the church in Corinth.  However, Paul states in 1 Corinthians 14:37:

"If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I [Paul] write unto you are the commandments of the Lord."

I think that Paul addresses his point clearly in this verse.

:: Is covering your head another form of modesty?

~ After covering my head for five days, I tend to believe that it is another form of modesty.  Individual young ladies are welcome to believe what they want in this regard.  

I know of five young ladies (all from the same family) who cover their head all the time.  Why?  For a modesty factor and because of 1 Thessalonians 5:17 (for the reason I stated earlier).

Why do I believe it is another form of modesty?
Much like dressing in modest clothing challenges the men around us, the same goes for covering your head.  

There have been multiple times where a man next to me will rush to the door and open it for me.  Why? Well ... I can only point out two factors:
1. modest clothing  
2. my head was covered

And other times when I'm talking to a guy, he will respond in a respectful way, such as:
"yes ma'am"
"no ma'am"
"ma'am can I help you?"
"can I help you carry that?"

Okay ... even just wearing modest clothing, the guys would be like:
"hey, you need help?"
"oh here, since your hands are full let me get the doors for ya."

Wow ... and I used to think that girls who covered their heads were exaggerating hahaha ... but they weren't.  Guys truly do show more respect and are indeed challenged when a lady covers her head.

For me personally, I am attempting to cover my head all the time.  I see it in Scripture and I feel as if God is calling me to this new found conviction.  Why?

:: it's a symbol of authority (1 Corinthians 11:10)
:: it's a way to show my love for my Heavenly Father
:: it's to be worn while I'm praying (which is without ceasing)
:: it's a way for me to be set-apart for Christ
:: it helps others focus on the beauty of my heart and not my physical beauty

Now don't get me wrong, I'm not covering my head for the respect factor, but it is a nice blessing to be respected the way a lady should be respected.  I'm doing it because I want to obey God's commands and show Him that I love Him in any possible way!

I'm not trying to push my new found conviction on you.  I'm simply writing this to get my two cents worth in.  Oooh and to tell you this, "if the pictures I publish on here show me in a head covering .... you know why lol ;)"

BTW: I get my head coverings from my dear friend.  Right now she doesn't have head coverings listed ... I think it might be hard to list head coverings while you're away in Israel (she and her family are helping with the harvest).

I pray you all have a blessed day!

In HIS grace, Alisha

1 comment:

  1. I've never heard of the argument that headcovering is only for sabbath ... where does this young woman see that in the scriptures? Just curious, thank you.
    Also, I do believe it often times IS a salvation issue. I have a blog post about that if you are interested in reading it: http://fewtherebethatfindit.blogspot.com/2013/12/headcovering-salvation-issue.html

    Lord bless you,
    Joanne in SW MO


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