A friend that I’m honored even to know, who always treats me with a respect I don’t deserve, wrote me to ask why I don’t talk about the kinds of things that a lot of other early church fanatics talk about.
The issues he mentioned were: head coverings; second marriages; procreation; and musical instruments.
If you’re wondering what those things mean and what the early church believed about them, then I’m glad. Subscribe to this blog, and you’ll get some in depth comments over the next three days.
I’m so impatient, it’s usually hard for me to write a group of posts over a few days.
Today, though, I found out I can schedule my posts to be published. So I can write these all right now—actually, I already wrote them in an email to my friend—and then schedule them to be published each morning over the next three days.
Head Coverings and Bible Interpretation
Here’s the first one. This always gets me in trouble with the very literal Bible interpreters.
I don’t mind. The very literal, confident Bible interpreters are a problem to themselves and to others. God is often irritated with them and against them, and they’re usually unwilling to look at the problems they cause by their method of Bible interpretation.
Jesus talked about that some (Jn. 5:39-40).
If you’re a new Christian, don’t worry about it. You should be a confident, literal, over-zealous, offensive Bible interpreter. It’s a good thing. Stay honest, learn from your mistakes, and grow up to be a much less confident, much less literal, and still over-zealous and somewhat offensive follower of the Spirit of God, examining your walk by the Scriptures all the time.
Okay, here’s what I wrote:
Why We Don’t Wear Head Coverings
My wife started wearing head coverings back in 1990 or so. We were in Sacramento, and as far as we know, she was the only woman wearing a head covering in the entire city. I’m sure that wasn’t true, but we never met anyone else from Sacramento wearing a head covering in the 3 years we lived there.
We had almost no fellowship back then. We attended churches, Bible studies, and any other church event we could. I paid for a call-in talk radio program for six months that got plenty of calls. Still, we met no one at all with our kind of heart for the Lord.
One year, we even played on a church softball team. She used to play in pants and a long t-shirt that hung to her knees and with a head covering big enough to cover all her hair. As a result, it hung to the middle of her back. She played first base, and she was pretty good at it, too.
Mind you, this wasn’t a Mennonite league. She was the only woman with a head covering that we knew.
When we got to Rose Creek Village in 1995, they were wearing head coverings, too, though smaller. Around about 1998 or 1999, we began to feel God’s Spirit leading us to stop. Since we didn’t think that was scriptural, we didn’t stop.
After two years, though, all of us knew it was time. We told the ladies they didn’t have to wear head coverings anymore, and we were all convinced that God told us to do that.
Maybe we were misinterpreting Scripture. Maybe head coverings were cultural. Maybe God wants one thing in one century and another in another century. I just know we’re convinced God told us no head coverings.