I have discussed and debated this with friends and family on several occasions and have decided against making an issue out of it anymore.
Just to make it clear upfront: I do not have anything against any church’s teaching for or against head covering, especially during worship. I will eventually round off this discussion as I am now used to with, each of my friend should be obedient with the teaching and culture of the assembly they worship.
Now to the bone of the matter.
You might be expecting me to say covering of head is good or bad, sorry to disappoint, I am not going to say that.
Do you feel my stand is offensive, in that it looks like seating on the fence? Be patient and ‘read’ me out.
What did the Bible say? 1 Corinthians 11: 3-16
Head covering is basically an issue only in public worship. However, if you are so used to covering your head such that at the littlest mention of the name of Jesus you take cover (pardon the pun), in my own negligible opinion you are doing well.
Also from the Bible, the issue is about married women. Did somebody say “what”? Well, I am just reading my Bible, but you can as well start practicing before you get married.
You may wonder “why is head-covering only a women affair?” it is not. Men ought to or should keep their head open in public worship to reveal Christ. Are you giving me that look yet again? Check your Bible, it is there. “The head of every man is Christ”.
A woman may say, I want to reveal my husband as my husband is revealing Christ, therefore no head covering. That’s a fair statement, but there is another reason why the apostle advised against that in public worship “woman is made for the man”. Did I hear another “what”? Yes, woman is made for the man. Who is the man? Your husband.
Assuming your husband does not mind you unveiling in public worship and you don’t mind too, why should that be another person’s business? It is actually at least one category of persons’ business: “the angels”.
Your primary head covering as a woman is your husband. Yes your husband. Do you know the character of “the angels”? They are men like your husband. Oh that look again. For the sake of your pastors, the apostle advised you cover your head. You didn’t see that in your Bible? It’s not in mine either, except that Strong’s Hebrew and Greek dictionary did define “aggelos” (the Greek word translated as angel in the passage) as also implying pastor. I chose to go with the pastor interpretation, because they are physical being and so also is a woman’s hair a seeable thing. I cannot imagine an angel distracted from their assignment just because of a long shiny hair. (You can blame my tame imagination for that)
It is also for the show of submission to authority. That’s not clearly stated in the Bible right? It is actually, if you happen to be reading from the Amplified Bible. The question to ask should be “submission to what or whose authority?” It is actually not the church authority or the pastors or the elders but a show of submission to your husband’s authority.
By the way, this position is not meant to be argued, therefore be careful. 1 Corinthians 11:16
Trivia: the head covering from the original text is not just any covering it is a veil, should we not also bother about what constitutes a veil? Is it a scarf, muffler, hankie, beret, cap or a hat? Is it a covering for the head or for the hair? If you will show a group this article, kindly take note that this is just a trivia and I don’t care what your answers will be and you shouldn’t either. Why you should not care over the answer is that, your answer is likely to be very far from the article of dressing Paul or the Corinthians had in mind. Just forget it.
What if your husband does not see submission as covering of hair? What if you even cover more than most but your husband can’t say that you are submissive to him, would covering of your head have mattered?
What if the problem being addressed is not primarily about head or hair covering but about the immaturity of the Corinthian church, which is the general theme of the letter?
What if the bishops are wrong for wearing skullcaps and whatever headgears they wear in worship? What if they are actually a special breed and therefore are exempted from the submission of Paul?
What if I tell you I have intentionally worn my cap through one of the largest worship gathering in Nigeria (meanwhile no praying or prophesying is going on) but for the sake of many who pulled and pushed or scowl and browbeat me I had to pull the cap? What if I happened to be a bishop, would I have been treated differently?
What if saying the “issue of head covering is not the Gospel” is actually biblical and nobody should crucify me for saying so?
What if Jesus would have called this kind of teaching “yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees”, but in the same breath tell us “observe and practice all they tell you; but do not do what they do”?
In conclusion, I have told you that I won’t tell you to quit your worship assembly over this, neither will I exalt a place of worship to pull down another. Over what? You will be my friend if you stay in the teaching of your local assembly no matter their stand or your own feeling about this. As for me, for the many questions raised by studying this issue and for those raised by trying to answer related questions, I will never be worried. I stay decided never to fret or lose my head over head covering (pardon the pun).
I hope this will be the point to draw curtain over this subject, but if you feel it should continue, well you are free to use the comment space and leave a comment. For me the issue is a trivia, but your reaction to it is not.
John 4:23 A time will come, however, indeed it is already here, when the true (genuine) worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth (reality); for the Father is seeking just such people as these as His worshipers.
Mark 12:25 For when they arise from among the dead, [men] do not marry nor are [women] given in marriage, but are like the angels in heaven.
Galatians 5. Do you think I will copy all that here? No way.
Matthew 16:6 Jesus then warned them, “Watch out! Guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”
Matthew 23:2-3 The scribes and Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat [of authority]. So observe and practice all they tell you; but do not do what they do, for they preach, but do not practice.