Many people attribute head covering at church as cultural element. Apostle Paul talks about head covering for women in 1 Corinthians 11. I don't think that it is a coincidence that apostle Paul talks about head covering before he talks about Lord's Supper/breaking of bread. Breaking of Bread is the symbol of Christ's death on the cross and shedding of His blood. Jesus' death was necessary as it had provided the way for us--sinners--to escape eternal damnation in hell. However, our God not just provided us with the escape from hell, but also with the road to heaven--Jesus is the narrow gate.
So, what role does the head covering play in Christian women's life? You see, woman was the pinnacle of God's creation. The Lord stopped creating, not modifying, after He made Eve. Woman is man's glory. When we worship, we come before God. Head covering is the symbol of creation order, submission (oh how many people hate this word), and acknowledgement of authority of creation.
I grew up in Russia, Sakhalin Island, city of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. From time to time me and my mom used to go to a church. It was Russian Orthodox church. At the age of 12, few months before turning 13, I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior. At the age of 17 I became an exchange student and went to the USA. While there I started living out my Christian life. I was part of Cornerstone Baptist Church. In Septemer 2007 I moved to Canada.
I didn't cover my head during worship until 2010. Here is the testimony of my head covering journey. I started cover my head in church during worship and prayer time. Today I cover my head during Bible Study, praying, singing with the International Gospel Choir of Newfoundland. Head covering changed me a lot. I became more meek, of gentle spirit, long-suffering, and have been more consistent in reading the Bible.
My heart is glad that I am not alone in head covering practice. Ms Kuniko, who is originally from Japan, but now lives in Greece, covers her head also. Jessica, who is from the USA is another example of Bible-fearing woman who covers her head during various forms of worship. There are many more.
Head covering has to play its role--to cover the head. Material style doesn't matter. My head covering type depends on situation: more formal at church, less formal outside church. I remember the day when I consciously placed my head covering on in 2010. The worship experience was more profound. My heart filled with joy, for I was aware of the obedience towards God. Needless to say how many more blessings have been coming my way.
If you would like to learn more about head covering, please visit "Head Covering Movement''. The site contains many references and testimonies.
Many churches just skip the subject of head covering or assign it cultural niche. But if we skip the subject of head covering, what will stop us from ignoring other elements of Paul's teachings?
|Some types of my head coverings|