Sunday, September 21, 2008

What started all of this, Sandi?

So, for those of you who know me at all, you know that for the past 28 years, I have prayed in private and public a lot of times, and you've probably never seen me with my head covered with the purpose of obeying 1 Corinthians 11. However, I went to church today and covered my head to sing and pray, as I have done in my missionary training for the previous 4 days.

No, the training center hasn't convinced me, and my husband didn't make me.

About a month ago, my husband and I got into a discussion with another couple about the fact that we, along with most of the church around the world, tend to ignore 1 Cor. 11:2-16. We didn't really have any reason to ignore it, except that we had heard (and remember--I went to plenty of Bible classes in college and he has 2 seminary degrees) it was only culturally applicable to the Corinthians at the time Paul was writing.

Just over a week ago, I was shopping and Ryan decided to read some Scripture. He didn't specifically search for 1 Cor. 11, but that's where he ended up reading. When I returned, he asked me to read it and then tell him what I thought. Whoa. I was surprised with the text, and immediately thought, "OK... Now how can I get out of this?"

My goal here is to share with you my journey of discovering what God wants me (and us, as Christian women) to do in relation to covering our heads while we pray. I want to post somewhat slowly as I learn, and without overwhelming anyone who's reading, but I have to say the posts will come faster now than in the future, since I've already put in many hours researching 1 Cor. 11.

It was not a topic I dove headlong into for fun or because I want to wear something on my head and answer all of the surrounding questions I have, as well as the questions others might raise (and have already raised). It's something I feel compelled to research and study at this point, and to obey my loving Heavenly Father as he teaches me through his word and the scholarship of those who've studied before me.

Join my journey, send me your comments, and learn with me!


Wife, Mom, Teacher said...

Hi Sandi,

I've considered this topic before, but never with much effort because, like you, I don't really want to cover my head while praying. (Grrrr, you might make me face up to it now.) :)

Many women at my church and other churches I know do follow this rule and believe it is still something to be followed. I know one woman who is quite a godly woman who used to cover her head, but now after more study doesn't believe it is necessary. Maybe I'll ask her why.

I sent a few of my friends to this blog via your email and I'm curious to see what they have to say. I'll check back! :)

Ryan and Sandi said...


Thanks for reading my thoughts and joining my journey! :) Sorry to make you face up to the idea--it wasn't my idea to start this journey, I'm just obeying God's clear direction in my life by studying it right now.

I'd be really interested to know why the lady you know stopped covering her head. If you are able to find out, please email it to me and maybe it could be like a "guest post". :)

How much thought have you put into this issue?