Saturday, April 19, 2014

On my Heart, About my Head.

On my Heart, About my Head

I've heard that it's been said that in order to really write from the heart you have to write as though no one will ever read it. Transparent, real. I find that a really hard task but I'm going to try and think about that today for this post. Not because I don't want anyone to read it, mind you. I just want to be able to express to you my heart without fear of judgement.
 I'm trying to think back how long ago it was when I began to reflect on this topic. I'm guessing at least 18 months ago. In my Bible it's under the subheading "Propriety in Worship". As I was studying the mandates of what godly marriage should look like, what Christian brotherhood looks like and what daily life looks like the 11th chapter of 1 Corinthians stopped me and gave me reason for pause. Go ahead and read it . Propriety in Worship . How was I to approach living the type of life the book of Corinthians was teaching and just omit this practice , frankly because it's no  longer socially acceptable even among "Bible believing" churches ? Why does the church do that ? Doesn't that seem hypocritical to choose what we find relevant to our situation and then preach that God's word is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow ? In right conscious I began to cover my head in obedience during my private prayer and reading. After some time I began to cover during meal time prayers with the family - after all, aren't they also my brothers in Christ and part of public worship ? The task of putting a scarf on and off seemed a bit silly after a time as I found that in trying to "be joyful always;  pray continually;  give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.  Do not put out the Spirit's fire" (1 Thessalonians 5:16) meant that I should never not be in worship.

This posed a ridiculous dilemma for me. Church. You know, that safe place of acceptance. The place where you are free to just love on God. I'm not really sure where the fear came from. I was concerned that I would be a bit of an oddity as the church wasn't preaching this and I could only see one lady who I suspect covers (though in a fashionable  manner).  I'm happy to say that no one teased me or has made any comment since I've started attending service covered. It could be people for the most part haven't noticed. And that's ok too. For now it means that I can enjoy this intimacy and fellowship with God without feeling the need to defend it.

As far as a woman's hair being her headcovering, that might be true but one look around the congregation and you can see the variety of stylish up to date short cuts women are wearing. It's not being preached ! And the idea of headcovering is such a ministry opportunity. 

All earthly relationships are meant to mirror those of our Lord, we are all made in his image. As parents we can understand the Father's heart for us. As children we can grasp the concept of a caring Father who provides for our every need, who comforts us and teaches us to trust and obey. As brothers in Christ we can reflect on the awesome relationship Jesus had with humanity when He came to fellowship with us and draw us to the Father. As a married couple we are designed to show what the church's (The Bride's) relationship is to God (her Groom). Husbands are called to an almost overwhelming task of loving their wives even to the point of laying down their lives ( sound familiar ?). Wives are called to not only help their husbands to succeed but to honour and respect them. The Bible is saying that when a man covers his head in corporate worship he dishonors his head (which is Christ, because he is the Bride of Christ) and when women uncover theirs  they dishonor their head - which is their husband. We don't want our earthly marriages to look modern or culturally acceptable just for the sake  of not looking "backward", "different", "repressed" or whatever the thing is that prevents us from even considering the words in the Bible. We want people to ask us so that we can explain our marriage in light of the beauty of God's plan for us. Remember, we are meant to reflect Him ! We are being humble because we take on the position that the Church (as a whole) should be taking in relation to God. We are honouring our heads because it honours God.  We don't think anything about a man removing his hat in service, because we view it in light of a cultural sign of respect. We need to start viewing things in light of a God's standard.


  1. I enjoyed your post about headcovering. It seems like Christians pick and choose what they like from the bible. I have been called to cover also. It is hard to do, but it clearly states in the bible that we are to do this. We are to submit to our husbands. You don't see much of that anymore either. Mainstream Christians do not follow what the scriptures instruct. The pastors do not preach about God's order, headcovering or being submissive to our husbands. The pews are packed with shorn women immodestly dressed. What does Jesus think of his followers? Does he weep when He sees that His word is ignored so?

    1. Thank you , Cheryl. There are so many parts of the Bible that are being dismissed as culturally irrelevant or ignored. I feel like my eyes are seeing scripture for the first time. I feel sad that Pastors and ministry leaders have missed or omitted truths in the Word that have such power to bless us into further relationship with God.

  2. I can relate to your statement that you feel like your eyes are seeing scripture for the first time. It's sad that our leaders are not leading us to the truth that God wants us to see. We are missing important teachings that would draw us closer to God and his blessings.