Additional Thoughts

Many Christians seem to be afraid that if the head covering topic is studied / discussed openly and freely, a congregational "split" will occur, since this has happened in the past.

1)   Does a split NECESSARILY have to occur?  Here is a link to a Question & Answer article by a gospel preacher in Nebraska who changed his mind and preaching on the head covering, yet the congregation did not split:
La Vista church of Christ article
If this link does not work, here is a copy of his article which you can read by clicking on this link:
copy of La Vista article
(although I believe he is still mistaken about the meaning of the symbol)

2)  Since we all see the Bible differently on this subject, aren't we already "split" in mind?
"Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment."  (1 Cor. 1:10)

Some seem to believe that our differences on this portion of the scripture are covered under ROMANS 14 --- but how can that be?  Romans 14:1 says "Receive one who is weak in the faithbut not to disputes over doubtful things."

A)   This is not about ONE weak brother / sister who differs from everyone else; this is EVERYBODY differing from everybody else.  We happily harbor many differing interpretations of this passage (seven, according to my personal experience, but perhaps even more were a survey taken) --- all of them can't be right. 

B)  Who is the one who is "weak in the faith"?   Me?  I have been "going to" the church of Christ all my life (literally, since before I was born) and so did my mother, my grandfather, my great-grandfather, and my great-great-grandfather; I was raised on the principles of the Restoration Movement; I learned the Bible at my mother's knee; I have heard literally THOUSANDS of gospel sermons and participated in THOUSANDS of Bible studies, plus gospel meetings, plus studying the Bible on my own.  I haven't moved any mountains lately, but I think my faith is just as strong as anyone else's.  Perhaps it is the "ancient culture" group who are "weak in the faith"? Or maybe the "spiritual gifts group"?  Or ---- you get the idea.  Surely we can't ALL be weak in the faith.

C)   This passage is not doubtful to me --- it is CRYSTAL CLEAR.  I have no more doubts about it than I do about the other apostolic tradition in chapter 11, the Lord's Supper.  After all, this is not apocalyptic literature like the book of Revelation; it is a letter written by the apostle Paul to a group of troubled, still-carnal Christians and he intended to be perfectly clear and understood.  I certainly had doubts in the past, but they never concerned the passage (I always felt perfectly sure that I didn't understand it-- ha ha); the doubts I have had were about all the various interpretations I have been exposed to --- I just never could get any of them to make sense of the passage.


Many Christian women seem to have a very strong resistance to the very idea of wearing a head scarf during worship.

Personally, this is difficult for me to understand.  The first time I saw visitors wearing a head covering I thought it was pretty and feminine, and I still think so. I never thought it looked "weird"; after all, it's basically just a head scarf, which is a simple and classic item of clothing.  Women have been wearing scarves since forever --- for practical reasons like keeping their hair from becoming windblown & keeping warm to non-practical reasons like accessorizing their outfits, adding a splash of color, etc.  So what's the big deal?

There is no doubt that it IS a big deal, though, to many women.

Click here to go to where you can read Rachael B's testimony:
Rachel B's testimony
If the above link does not work, you can find a copy of her testimony here:
copy of Rachael B's testimony
It was a "gut-wrenching" experience for her to start wearing a head covering.


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Thank you so much for your comment! I appreciate any comments, either pro or con, as long as they are made in a manner respectful to others. I want this to be a place where Christian women can think this issue through and reason together, without the quarrelsome type of argument and debate. Since this blog is intended for women only, comments from men will not be published.