Saturday, May 19, 2012

Christian Headcovering, Removing Shoes and a Punk Attitude


It is my belief that Christian women should wear an headscarf or veil during worship. This is not a fashionable idea amongst modern evangelicals, but I believe it is biblical.

Occasionally I hear from Christian women who feel some conviction over the issue, yet who say something like:

'I am starting to feel that the Bible does teach headcovering, but I am scared to wear one because of what other women at church might think.'

I find this attitude remarkably similar to what some people say about having a shoes-off policy:

'I would really like people to remove their shoes in my home, but I am scared to ask because of what they might think.'

Notice the similarity?

I think this fear of other peoples opinion is just so destructive. It paralyses people and traps them in a mundane world of convention. It holds back any attempt to try out alternative ideas.

You have probably gathered that I am a very conservative person in my values, but when it comes to this phobia, the part of me that loves Punk Rock really kicks in. When it comes to this fear of change because of the opinion of others, I am reminded of the need for the Punk attitude.

The virtue of Punk is a rebellion against conventions that limit us and prevent us from being true to what we really think and feel. Its about being true to yourself and what you stand for.

The Christian woman who has come to believe in the necessity of headcovering should be free to cover and stand against the shallowness of those who sneer at a covered hairstyle or the timidity of pastors who are afraid to preach on the issue. They should not fear the dirty looks or the accusation of rocking the boat.

Likewise, those of us who want shoes off in our homes should not be afraid. We must be true and honest about ourselves.

Who cares if people think we are 'clean freaks' or visitors mutter after they leave our homes? People who are really our friends like us enough to respect our preferences and will enjoy our company shoes-off or not.


Gracefully Old Fashioned said...

I really enjoyed this post. I to am a head covering christian and a NO Shoes in the House fun kind of gal. This post let me know that I am not alone in my convictions. Thanks!

Matthew Celestis said...

I'm very glad to hear that! Thanks for visiting.

Sangu said...

We always remove our shoes before we enter anybody's house. Here in India, it is understood that we have to remove our shoes and so there is no need for any policy. It is a cultural thing. The reasons you have stated about all the dust mites and pollutants is sooo true.

great blog. keep up the good work.

Matthew Celestis said...

Thanks so much for visiting.

Cici Marans said...

I was so glad to find this blog. Lately it's been weighing on my heart that I would like to cover my head during worship and prayer. It's not something people do at our evangelical church, although there are several women who consistently wear hats during service. I went online, purchased a few cute headscarves and I plan on wearing them to church from now on. I appreciate that I'm not the only one who feels this way. And yes, everyone removes their shoes when they come into our house!

Matthew Celestis said...

God bless you for your desire to be obediant to the Word.