My Current Understanding of Head Covering


Hello, friends. I hope you are having a lovely Sabbath Day. I’m so grateful to God for all of the blessings He has given me.

A couple of days ago I received a comment from a sweet reader wondering about my current head covering convictions. I don’t always wear a headcovering in the Modest Monday photographs on the blog, so I could definitely understand her question.

Our convictions can definitely grow and change, can’t they? And while I don’t believe my convictions have changed per say, the way I present myself on my blog now might look different than it has at other times.

If you would like to read my thoughts about 1 Corinthians 11, please click here.

You can find another popular headcovering post I wrote about protection and how it could relate to headcovering here.

Okay, so if you took the time to read the above articles, my current understanding is still the same. I do try to cover my head while in an assembly, when reading the Scriptures, or when talking about them. I think the head covering is a very beautiful symbol.

I believe the head covering also helps me to remember the headship order Paul talks about in 1 Corinthians 11. It is a physical reminder to myself that I am under my husband’s protection and leadership.

There have been times in my life where I have worn a head covering full time. These have been times when I have diligently searched the Scriptures often, or have been in deep prayer about a subject. Wearing a head covering during these seasons has seemed like the right thing to do, since I believe these are the activities that Paul admonishes women to wear coverings while doing. At the same time, I believe our prayers are fully heard by our God if we are not wearing a covering.

Lately, most of my Modest Monday posts have taken place either when I’m about to go on a date with my husband, go to violin lessons, or something similar. I don’t necessarily feel the conviction to wear a head covering while doing these things.

I am doing what I can to heal my recent hair loss, which includes washing my hair less often. Thus the photos when I’m preparing to go to town! (Photos of an unwashed head aren’t as appealing, I don’t think.)

I don’t believe that women are commanded to wear head coverings at all times, nor have I ever thought that.

But why?

First of all, I do think that the instructions in 1 Corinthians 11 are specifically geared towards the assembly of believers. I say this because the instructions are preceded by instructions pertaining to the Lord’s supper. In context, it makes sense that the head covering instructions are a continuation of assembly instructions.

But many women believe that head coverings are necessary all the time because we are told to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18), and the instructions in 1 Corinthians 11 seem to be regarding prayer, prophesying, etc. I have found great benefit in wearing a covering while praying myself.

I don’t believe this to be so however, because if we took the same standard from 1 Corinthians 11 and applied it to men, then they should never cover their head, since they should pray without ceasing also.

Is it wrong for a man to wear a hat at times? What if he is in the field working? 

Is it a sin for a man to wear a hat?

I don’t think it is. I also tie my reasoning to the fact that the Lord required priests in the Old Testament to wear turbans (Exodus 28:4). I believe sin is outlined in the Torah (the first five books of the Old Testament). So if it wasn’t a sin for a man to cover his head in the Old Testament, I don’t think it is now, either.

By the same token, the Old Testament law doesn’t say that it is sin for women to uncover her head. Now, there is evidence that married women in this time frame did cover their heads (Numbers 5:18/Isaiah 47:2), and I think it is a good thing. But I don’t believe I’m sinning if I go to town without a covering.

I believe the Father is unchanging. (Malachi 3:6) While the administration of His law has changed since Christ, I think that His Ways and laws are who He (and Jesus/Yeshua) is. We now have our High Priest in Jesus, and are no longer tied to the Levitical sacrificial system. 

Perhaps since Christ is now the head of man, men are no longer instructed to wear a covering during the assembly. The Jewish faith states that “According to the Talmud, the wearing of the turban atoned for the sin of haughtiness on the part of the Children of Israel (B. Zevachim 88b).” As believers in the Messiah, we know that He has already atoned for all sin. A turban is no longer necessary.

This is my current understanding, dear friends. I hope it makes sense. I love the practice of head covering, and believe it is so meaningful.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today. I hope you have a wonderful day with your families.

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2 thoughts on “My Current Understanding of Head Covering

  1. Christina says:

    My views are similar to yours!! I wear one as a reminder to myself to be modest and submissive. We currently do not attend church but when we did, I always wore a covering. There was a time when I wore a covering all day every day but now I am a bit more lax at home. I wash my hair once a week, and I find that wearing a covering disguises my oily roots, haha!

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