Head Coverings – Part 1

How do head coverings apply today?

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Have you ever wondered about the scripture on Head Coverings from 1 Corinthians 11:3-16? In the past, I’ve read this scripture and thought, oh yes, that must be where the Catholics got the idea of women wearing a veil during mass.

If I really thought about it. I would think, oh yes, that must be why the Amish women wear that cap on their heads. Unlike the Catholics, the Amish women wear a cap all the time. Huh? Interesting? Since it had no relevance to me I would read on.

Then something happened years ago that changed all that. Apparently, a husband decided his wife should be wearing a head covering. And because of the internet he had instance audience of other like-minded people. His idea took off.

Now the very conservative of these people, along with a head coverings, have also stopped cutting their hair. Why? Because “long hair, it is a glory to her.” (I’m guessing) By keeping the letter of the law, this long hair (sometimes to the ground) gives them neck strain, from the weight of it.

Another thing these woman practice is wearing dresses and skirts. Why? There is an Old Testament scripture about not cross dressing. Taken out of context women are not allowed to “wear the pants in the family.”

Another thing I’ve seen practiced is women are not allowed to pray aloud in the company of men. Why? Another verse taken out of context, kept to the letter says, “Women are to keep silent in the churches; for they are not permitted to speak…”

You notice this is all related to women. The men look and act like they live in the 21st century. The women look and act like they are still in the Victorian Age. It is not hurting the mothers who observe these cultural practices, but it is hurting the daughters, who are finding it difficult to find a husband.

I have more I want to say about all this. Next time I will write about the scriptural conclusions about these traditions. I hope to show that in the attempt to follow scripture literally, these dear, legalistic people are mistaken in their application.

End Notes:
1 Corinthians 11:15
Deuteronomy 22:5
1 Corinthians 14:34

Related: Head Coverings – Part 2

Copyright © 2017 Lena Rae

Author: Lena Rae

I love Jesus! He is my eternal hope, fullness of joy, calm in the storm and so much more. I enjoy reading, cooking, blogging and bird watching. I have two wonderful kids and a loving husband. God is good.

One thought on “Head Coverings – Part 1”

  1. I’ve looked into it – The Head Covering Movement has tried to revive the tradition and i spent the better part of a year debating with them over it, in order to understand their interpretation: “Girls and women must wear head coverings in submission to their fathers (if single), husbands (if married), or church elders (if widowed.)” “Long hair is given to women as a covering, but it still needs a removable fabric covering when praying or prophesying.” “It’s shameful for men to have long hair, so they should cut it.”
    The closest thing I’ve found is the ancient Roman belief that men and women ought to occupy separate roles in worship, men are to speak and women are to be silent, men are to dress one way, women another. It’s as if in emulating this ancient tradition, modern believers are carrying on in the same mode – creating a secondary worship role just for women to occupy that’s different from what the men get to do – but the men get to decide that they get to do all the visible / important / audible stuff and women – not so much.


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