A Female Christian’s Head Cover
I have observed that there are a lot of organisations, even churches made by men fight a simple question about the hair cover of a woman and remains unsettled up to these days. Ironically, it’s not that simple to many, the reason why they fight and argue about this concern.
Should women wear veils or hats or head covers in the worship assembly today? But if the reason for wearing veils is for prayer, that will imply that it should be worn even outside the assembly, right? If prayer has been a part of Christian women activities in life, would the veil be a part of their body too? Because with her head uncovered, even when shaved, dishonors her head, otherwise: if she has a long hair, it is a glory to her for her hair is given for covering.
Allow me to refresh you of what Paul wrote concerning this tradition and doctrine.
1 Cor 11:2-15 (ESV) said that, 2Now I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions even as I delivered them to you. 3But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a wife is her husband, and the head of Christ is God. 4Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head, 5but every wife who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head–it is the same as if her head were shaven. 6For if a wife will not cover her head, then she should cut her hair short. But since it is disgraceful for a wife to cut off her hair or shave her head, let her cover her head. 7For a man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God, but woman is the glory of man. 8For man was not made from woman, but woman from man. 9Neither was man created for woman, but woman for man. 10That is why a wife ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels. 11Nevertheless, in the Lord woman is not independent of man nor man of woman; 12for as woman was made from man, so man is now born of woman. And all things are from God. 13Judge for yourselves: is it proper for a wife to pray to God with her head uncovered? 14Does not nature itself teach you that if a man wears long hair it is a disgrace for him, 15but if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For her hair is given to her for a covering.
Let me highlight the concern, 1 Cor 11:13-16(KJV) states that, 13Judge in yourselves: is it comely that a woman pray unto God uncovered? 14Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him? 15But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering. 16But if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God.
The verse imparts that women need head cover. And what is this head cover? The answer is found even from the simpliest way, by observing nature. Nature taught us that hair is given to a woman for covering. Thus, we can dispose off the idea of hats, veils, or artificial head covers biblical speaking. Thus the head cover should be as natural as nature teaches, that is, maintaining a long hair that it provided for her. However, if you cut it, then it is no longer naturally long, more so when you shave it. Let it grow, untouched by a scissor.
Therefore, a woman praying who has a long uncut hair is a glory to her as she is able to follow the commandment of Jesus Christ, given by God the Father.
One more thing, 1Cor 11:1-4 states, 1Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ. 2Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you. 3But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God. 4Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head.
Thus, based on the bible, the sign of authority on a woman’s head is the uncut hair of a woman that covers her. It is a proof that her man is under Jesus Christ’s authority, and she is in the church of God, mentioned by Paul too. Women brings honour to God, above all, by following this commandment. Should a woman has no sign of God’s authority, then whose authority is she under?
Now, if you want to be subjected to God’s authority, what shall you do? Should women still wear artificial head covers?
Can every woman buy a head cover? Many women in africa does not even got a food to eat.
These are questions that might have been raised by so many who professed that they are female christians, but did their minister, preacher, or anyone in their church answered this with wisdom, authority, conviction, fear and trust in God? If not, then now is the time to ponder if you are in the right church.
Comparing from what St. Paul said about the Lord’s Supper: 1 Cor 11:17(ESV) Now in this that I declare unto you I praise you not, that ye come together not for the better, but for the worse. Finally, 1 Cor 11: 16 (KJV) said, If anyone is inclined to be contentious, we have no such practice, nor do the churches of God.
In the everchanging fashion as a way of life in human history, we cannot help but notice that women become stubborn, consciously or unconsciously, and now is fighting for their right as marginalised sector of the society. This is one of the reasons why things, including head covers, become an issue to them whether to follow it or not. Even in churches made by men, they want to be the pope, the pastor, or the leader.
The essence of women empowerment is to give way for women to attain their potential with the belief that women were so much left behind and it’s high time for them to get out from the back seat.
But this issue is being raised by those who studied economics and social sciences that did not regard the doctrines in the bible.
What I have observed and obviously seen before: women, even in the poorest part of society are able to instill good filipino values in their children.
What about now? As a result of this marginalized ideology, women are working extra hard, up to the point of leaving their kids in the hands of people that primarily concern is the wages paid to them more than caring enough for the kids. Should we consider otherwise, how the love that is shared between family members took different turns. Children were deprived of learning how a love from a parent is. Thus, they become incapable of sharing such intimacy when they finally have their own kids to take care of.
Now, should the essence of marginalism was imparted this way:
To give women a fair chance to learn the doctrine and be able to follow it accordingly,
then, our lives would have been better off. As what Bro Eli imparts to his post that women have a role to play in the church. Actually, this role will end too because like men, women in the church are preparing and also looking forward to the future, when humans become like to angels.
1 Corinthians 15:
51Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— 52in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality.
What women christian should portray today is not to be leaders or presiding ministers of christian men, but rather be running side by side with christian men that they may fight the good fight, holding on to faith and a good conscience!
Let us lead by example:
Jesus, lead the church by example
Ministers, leading the brethren by example
Men, leading the family by example
Women, leading their children by example.
church, leading the outsiders by example.
This is how a Christian organization works.
You can outrightly differentiate if a woman is a true Christian, by way of her actions, taste in clothing, values, even her personality.
There is no EGO in her. She knows that she is a servant too like men, but then again, she knows where to place herself. That is because she knows the doctrine.
Even Jesus knows where to place himself:
5Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
6Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
7But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
8And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
9Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
10That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
11And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
This would need another posting but anyways let me ask another subject, should a man wear a veil too when praying? How about a cap? If he wears a cap, would it be alright to wear it on top of his long hair, or on top of his short hair? Is it biblical that he grows a long hair and maintain it like unto a woman too? If he wears a long hair, would it be a glory to him? These questions are clearly explained to us in our Church.
A Poem (Isang Tula)
Ang Lambong na Panakip
Kapatid na babae, buhok ay pahabain,
itirintas ng mabuti, pangalagaan, patibayin:gaya ng may panaling tatlong ikid,
sa loob ng ating mga pagsasama-sama.
Huwag itong puputulin, sa kasalana’y pantakip,
upang Kaniyang lilimutin at tayo’y patatawarin.
Ang kalooban ng Ama sa Iglesia ay sasagana.
Sa ating pagsunod at pagkakaisa, maririnig Niya,
ang mga panalangin, samo, hiling at daing.
Mga anghel na nagbabantay, sa atin mangatututo.
Sa pagsaksi sa atin, magiging matalimahin,
At sila’y mangaliligtas naman din.
Kapatid na lalaki sumunod din naman,
umiwas na ang ulo ay malambungan,
sa noo’y di makintal, pawang kasinungalinan.
Huwag hahadlangang sumagana ang karunungan
upang ang bayan ay tumalino sa araw-araw.
At lilitaw ang wangis at kaluwalhatian ng Dios
sa Kaniyang Iglesia, at doon tayo ay sasamahan
ng Espiritung banal; Si Kristo Jesus ang pangulo.
Sa lahat ang Ama’y mangingibabaw: sa Kanya, Karangalan.
14 Houses and wealth are inherited from parents,
but a prudent wife is from the LORD.
It’s me again. I have commented a lot from some of your previous posts and it is but proper that our doctrines, based on the bible, should be learned directly from our presiding minister as he reads the verses to us. I don’t want that the group that I belong to be judged according to what I said. Thus, may I just invite you to our Presiding Minister, Brother Eliseo Soriano’s Blog at:
Thanks for the space and God willing that we grow in the Truth.
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