A Brief Testimony
about the Christian Woman's Covering

by a former student

The Bible doesn't say what a covering should look like, but there are principles that apply. Modesty and sobriety is one. Therefore: a plain, simple covering. I believe separation and nonconformity to the world are also involved. Therefore: a covering that is different from what women of the world sometimes wear on their heads, and is distinctive; so that people who see it realize it is something different, worn on purpose with a religious reason behind it. Along with this is letting your light shine before men, not hiding it under a bushel, so that they may see your good works and glorify your Father. Using something to cover your head in obedience to the Bible which other women use to cover their heads as protection from weather or dirt, or as a decoration, could be like hiding your light. Even if it is unintentional, the Christian woman still fits in with the women of the world, and others may not realize that what she has on her head is any different from things they sometimes wear. I wouldn't say wearing a bandanna isn't obeying 1 Corinthians 11:2-16, because it can cover the head and hair. However, it would perhaps be more in accordance with Biblical principles to wear a covering, in public at least, that is recognizable as a covering worn for a reason out of the ordinary--to obey God. Matthew 5:14-16; Romans 12:2, 2 Corinthians 5:20; 6:17; Philippians 2:15,16

When I first began to wear a covering, I was very conscious of the physical thing on my head. Now that I'm used to it, I am less conscious of the physical covering, and more conscious of the principles behind it. Am I obedient to God's plan for the order of authority and women's role? My covering says I submit to authority; do I really? I know from our family's experience that when you make a wonderful discovery of something in the Bible that's new to you, it's exciting and "consuming" for awhile while you dig in to the issue, examine the Scriptures, and let God work in your heart. It's exciting to be growing closer to God and growing in obedience. But the issue can't remain your constant focus or your Christian life will suffer. It needs to be put in perspective. Even though the head covering is important issue, it is only one aspect of obedience to God; and it should be viewed from this perspective. Jesus needs to be the One in focus, and the covering is not the focus or god of Christianity--definitely not! It is but an outward symbol of a heart which is obedient to Christ.

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