I haven’t written on this topic a lot because Jesus, that He died on the cross in payment for my sins, that He was buried, that He conquered death by raising from the grave, is the main issue!
|Dallas Theological Seminary professor|
This is not my picture but I think it is beautiful!
I found it floating around Facebook. Does anyone know who should receive credit?
However, today I would not feel a flower clip in my hair to suffice as covering for my head, a veiling of my God-given glory to ensure more focus on Jesus. My advice is to focus on head over hair or “how much” hair is to be covered. Keep seeking God’s direction for your life and He will guide you in every detail!
A woman’s “fashion hat” (clearly distinguishable from a traditional man’s hat style such as a ball cap), a headband, or a scarf, is exempt from expected removal. If you don’t mind taking your hat off for our flag, feel free to wear one, just maybe think about the pros and cons of wearing it into a worship setting if there’s a flag present.
I know missionary women who take on traditional Muslim attire in ministry and God blesses them abundantly and strengthens their families and their faith. I also know of women who take on Muslim headscarves in initial desire to fulfil this instruction for Christian women to practice in worship of Jesus, but satan uses that style embraced by another faith as a foothold to start leading these women down a path of spiritual searching that ultimately results in denying Jesus and pledging allegiance to another god.
My kids attend a heavily Muslim influenced school and my conviction to stay covered was confirmed about the time they started there. It has been interesting to watch how being consistently covered has gained the respect of administration and fellow parents who do not offer the same credence to the opinions of uncovered women. While I chose head covering, I intentionally chose styles distinctly distinguishable from Muslim, so there is no question that my loyalty to someone other than allah.
I avoid styles readily identified as “Muslim” (same would be true of other faith practices with distinctive head covering styles) because I attempted a certain head style commonly associated with another faith and, while I had no personal issue with what I saw to be a freedom of expression, I learned my choice was perceived as a “conversion” to another believe system and was a stumbling block to a fellow Christian. That was the last time I tried that specific style!
I know some women who will only wear a certain style of covering, perhaps a certain shade of blue, specific length of veil, a special bonnet, or all white or black. There is nothing wrong with any of those choices. In fact, submission to local church leadership is to be applauded, so if your church instructs a specific style, wonderful! The desire for head covering that doesn’t draw attention away from the Lord is fantastic. (I am often the ONLY woman in my church or other local circles who covers for Christ, so this has not been my issue.)
I would simply caution against legalism. Whatever covering you are wearing should not become a source of piety, religious pride, a meaningless ritual, or covering for the sake of covering tradition rather than as a reflection of a heart seeking submission to God’s order of authority. Once the issue of if to cover gets settled in my spirit, my attitude behind the act of covering needs to be regularly taken before God in order to assure that my motives stay glorifying to Him!