Are you a Head-Covering Christian?
Corinthians 11:5: ‘A woman dishonors her head if she prays or prophesies without a covering on her head’ (NLT)
In 1 Corinthians 11: 1-16, Apostle Paul went to town with the topic of Head Covering for the Christian Women in Corinth, a teaching believed by many believers as a standard doctrine for the Church today
I believe Head-Covering is mostly a cultural thing, but this is arguable…
The Jewish people pray with their heads covered, both males and females. Of course women traditionally have their heads covered, and I think men too, not sure. But men must cover theirs while praying. And they must let their beards grow as well.
The practice is still predominant in the Middle Eastern & Arabic countries, a practice many Muslims too have adopted as their religion.
It’s often difficult to address it here, because the people who lived in the Bible practiced head covering. (Maybe the gentile people did not cover their heads, but we can’t say.)
We however live in a world which is very different from the culture of the Bible people, as well as the Middle East and Arab people.
While some of our cultures today believe in covering the head, some cultures do not, with more cultures covering head than those who do not. Which raises the question: Is head covering a religious or cultural practice?
Most cultures who do not cover their heads are highly Westernized, which leads to the belief or assumption that leaving your head uncovered is a western culture.
Some Christians limit head covering to while they are in Church for worship.
While others believe they must cover their heads even when they are not in Church, their arguments being “what if they have the urge to pray – without ceasing”? Some keep scarves in their bags for those unplanned prayer sessions, while some don’t think those unplanned prayers need scarves.
Another related issue is how mush of your head should be covered…
The main essence of covering is such that no part of your hair will be exposed – like the Muslims and Deeper Lifers and many other conservative Christian groups do.
However, some other Christians use flimsy coverings like veils or fascinators, some people reveal front, side or back hair while other parts of their hair are covered, e.g. by wearing hats, head band, baseball caps and so forth
So, I believe head covering for Christians should be individualized. However, I think the culture of head covering is not harmful in any way and it should not be discouraged.
If you believe in covering your head, please do. If you believe in not-covering your head, I think it’s also okay. If you are somewhere in between, you too deserve some accolades.
By the way, Head Wraps are trending again. So, just like natural hair movement, if you choose not to wear head-wraps for religious purposes, you may find yourself wearing your scarf just as a fashion statement.
Apostle Paul’s thoughts on Head covering:
1 Corinthians 11: 1-16
1You are to imitate me, just as I imitate Christ.
2Now I commend you for remembering me in everything and for maintaining the traditions, just as I passed them on to you.
3But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.
4Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head.
5And every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head, for it is just as if her head were shaved.
6If a woman does not cover her head, let her hair be cut off. And if it is shameful for a woman to have her hair cut or shaved off, she should cover her head.
7A man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but the woman is the glory of man.
8For man did not come from woman, but woman from man.
9Neither was man created for woman, but woman for man.
10For this reason a woman ought to have a sign of authority on her head, because of the angels.
11In the Lord, however, woman is not independent of man, nor is man independent of woman.
12For just as woman came from man, so also man is born of woman. But everything comes from God.
13Judge for yourselves: Is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered?
14Doesn’t nature itself teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a disgrace to him,
15but that if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For long hair is given to her as a covering.
16If anyone is inclined to dispute this, we have no other practice, nor do the churches of God.
Cover Photo: My Head-covering Experiment