Persecution of Christians.
These are all very important matters, with widespread effects. They are damaging to the individual, to the family, and to the society. These matters require action, and they require prayer. Now. So, isn’t headcovering basically a non-issue when compared to all these problems? Isn’t it kind of like scratching at a pimple when the whole body is being ravaged by cancer?
As I see it, headcovering isn’t just about a piece of cloth. It isn’t just about appearances. What it’s really about is how we interpret the word of God: Do we interpret the Bible at face value, or do we interpret it based on assumptions? Because how we understand the Bible in this one, “small” matter has the potential to influence how we understand the Bible in other, “bigger” issues.
In fact, we see this all around us.
Adultery and divorce are minimized, sometimes based on the argument that, “Well, in those times, there was such and such a problem, and Jesus was addressing that; but my problem is different…”
Birth control and abortion: “Well, in those days, people didn’t use birth control because they didn’t have the knowledge, or they wanted to have lots of children just in case some of them died while in infancy–and besides, the earth is already full– so God’s word was only addressing those people and not me and my life.” Really?
I could continue with a host of ways our faulty hermeneutic (erroneous way of interpreting the Bible) is causing disaster in many spheres of modern life, but I’ll leave you with that short list of examples for now.
When I read the headcovering passage (1 Corinthians 11:1-16), and I see that women are supposed to wear a headcovering to show submission to male leadership based on the Creation account, nature, angels, and the need to cover our own glory when coming before God in prayer or ministering to others while prophesying, it makes sense for me to obey, because I understand that those things transcend culture, and extend all the way across the undulations of time, to me.
What right have I to re-interpret this passage based on assumptions of things that are not clearly presented in the text itself? (Examples: Paul was telling women to not look like prostitutes; Paul was telling married women to not shock society by appearing on the streets uncovered, which was supposedly unacceptable in those times; Paul was telling men to not style and decorate their hair like women [you’ve got to be kidding me]; etc.) Shouldn’t we be approaching the word of the Creator of the whole universe with a bit more respectful fear?
I mean, WHAT IF God REALLY DID intend for us to take Him AT HIS WORD? Here we are explaining away His word, and making up excuses for why we don’t need to obey it, because supposedly it doesn’t apply to us today (as if we’re SO modern and disassociated from all the rest of people in history). It’s almost like we think WE’RE God, that we can re-interpret the Bible based on our own puny understanding and convenience. No. I prefer to have a simple, childlike trust in God’s word, instead of trying to feel so smart by basing my beliefs on vain philosophy and sophisticated rationalizing.
Do you see how the topic of headcovering is NOT just about headcovering? It’s a debate (hopefully respectful) about how we should interpret THE WHOLE of God’s word. The conclusions we come to about THAT issue have the potential to affect MANY areas of our lives, and yes, to even impact how we deal with issues like persecution of Christians, abortion, illegal drugs, alcohol abuse, domestic violence, the Occult, etc.