Head Coverings: Why Should I Wear One?

Here is a tremendous article written by my aunt. It goes into detail about our reason and belief for wearing the veiling or covering in our Anabaptist circles. This is why I wear my veiling.

Why should we wear a veil on our heads as Christian women?  What is its purpose?  Why would God ask us to wear it?  What about the feeling that we sometimes get about looking so different from others around us, when we are shopping or otherwise in the public?

First, those of us who have given our hearts to Jesus have become a member of His family.  He is our King, our Leader and our lifelong Guide for living. As a daughter of the King, we become a princess and we want to please Him in all that we do. The Bible is our written guide for living, a love letter to us from our King. The Bible is not like other books, but its words are living words of life.  Jesus is referred to as the Word, the Living Word of God. The Bible is the inspired, written Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16,17), which literally means God breathed. Therefore, reading it is like talking with God himself. Am I a follower of Jesus and His Word?

1 Corinthians 11 will be the main passage that we will use for this discussion, but we will look at several other verses as well.  Let us begin. First, I would like to note that Paul starts out His letter to the Corinthians in chapter 1 by addressing it to the church of God in Corinth- to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus- called to be saints- with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. We see that in this verse He was writing to the Corinthian church, but not only to them but to ALL in every place that call upon Jesus. We are part of ‘the all’ that call upon the name of Jesus. This teaching goes beyond specific Corinthian culture and includes all Christians in all places. Following is a short study verse by verse.

Verse 1: Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ. 

In this verse, Paul identifies himself as a follower of Jesus and says to us that as he is following Christ, so we should follow him.  How do we follow him?  By following his teaching. 

Verse 2 : Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you.  

Here he is telling us to KEEP the ordinances as he gives them to us.  An ordinance is an authoritative order or decree.  This tells us that the following is more than a suggestion. There are many people who look at a command as negative, but I challenge us to see the intent of love that surrounds all the commands of Christ. In Deuteronomy 4, 5 & 6 where God is giving the Old Testament law, He says at least 3 times that we should observe them ‘that it would go well for us.’ All of God’s commands have an intent of love and a purpose given with our well- being, happiness and success in mind! There may be times when a spiritual truth is taught that we do not fully understand and therefore remains a mystery. But can we, with the same faith that led us to salvation, embrace the mystery and follow in obedience? The very definition of faith has to do with trustful, loving obedience, even to those things which I do not completely understand.

Verse 3 : But I would have you know that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God. 

This verse is teaching us about God’s system of governance or life authority structure. The principle is given to us because God knows that we as humans function best with order and structure.  Every institution that wants to move forward needs to have leadership.  Society could not function outside of some type of authority system.  God is simply telling us how it will work best. For a woman, authority is given to her for protection. We are protected from danger and making wrong choices as we seek to function-arrange ourselves under- our given authority. Eve made a catastrophic mistake when she stepped outside of Adam’s authority and ate the fruit of the forbidden tree.  How much better for her it would have been if she had consulted Adam first. (See 1 Timothy 2:14) Am I willing to arrange myself under God’s authority structure for His glory and my own wellbeing?

In all the verses where it uses the word cover, covered, etc. the Greek text is katakalupto, except verse 4 where it is kata and verse 15 where it is peribolaion.  Katakalupto has the meaning to cover wholly while peribolaion has the meaning something thrown around. 

Verse 4 : Every man praying or prophesying having his head covered, dishonors (brings shame on) his head. 

Have you ever noticed that a man removes his hat during prayer in a public setting?  This seems to be a universally recognized practiced of respect. Why has the teaching of the woman covering her head during prayer been disregarded? Also, if hair itself is taught as the covering for women, then a man should shave his head to pray.

Verse 5 : But every woman that prays or prophesies with her head uncovered ‘something dishonors her head (man): for that is even all one as if she were shaven.

 It has always been considered a disgrace, in ancient times and even now, for a woman to have her head shaved. Naturally for a woman, her hair is her beauty and glory.

Verse 6 For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it is a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered. 

Why is Paul teaching that the hair should be covered? Because it is our glory and women are to cover their glory as a principal of honor to Christ and to man.  In this verse the Christian woman has a choice either to cover her glory or to shear it very short. The word “also” in this verse, removes the possibility that the hair is the covering. If the hair is the covering and she refuses to have hair how could she then still have her hair cut off?

Verse 7 : For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, for as much as he is the image and glory of God:  but the woman is the glory of man.

Woman was created as a helpmeet for man and is his glory. Gen 2:20-23

Verse 8 : For the man is not of the woman, but the woman of the man. 

Verse 9 : Neither was the man created for the woman, but the woman for the man.

Verse 10 : For this cause ought women to have power (a sign of evidence that I am under authority) on her head because of the angels.

What is he referring to when he says, “because of the angels”? I believe that he is referring to both the good and the evil angels. Angels understand and function in an authority structure and submit to their head. As a sign of submission and respect, the angels themselves are covered before the throne of God in Isa. 6:2. One of the functions of God’s angels is our protection. Psalm 91:11 For He shall give His angels charge over thee to keep thee in all thy ways, lest at any time you dash your foot against a stone. Although the angels of God are wise and powerful, visible and invisible, immortal and always present, they are not all knowing.  They cannot read our minds and so they must function on what they see. They operate by signs, as when the angels saw the blood on the door post of the Israelites in Egypt, they knew they were to pass over that house.  I am friends with a lady who had not always lived a clean moral life.  She made a life change and became convicted to wear the veil.  One day she encountered the man that she had been involved with and he told her, “I cannot touch you with that thing on your head”. What an amazing protection!  I also know of another woman who was wearing the head covering when a man attempted to molest her.  She called out to Jesus to help her and the man fled. 

Verse 11 : Nevertheless, neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man in the Lord.  

Woman and man come together to Christ.  They are equal in value.

Verse 12 : For as the woman is of the man (made of, born from, come from) even so is the man also by the woman (made of, born from, come from), but all things of God. 

Men and women differ in function and relationship but are spiritually equal and valuable.

Verse 13 : Judge (form an opinion of or discern) in yourselves: is it comely (proper) that a woman prays unto God uncovered?

Verse 14 : Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man has long hair, it is a shame (contrast with honor) unto him?

Naturally, a man’s hair grows much shorter than women. 

Verse 15 : But if a woman have long hair,  it is a glory to her: for her hair is given to her for (this is the Greek word ‘anti’ which in context means in response to, or her hair is given to her to place a covering on) a covering (Greek: peribolian; something thrown or cast around). 

It does not make logical sense for the natural mind to cover up that which is to the woman her greatest beauty asset. This is a spiritual mystery, but one that we embrace for the honor of our King.  We choose to count beautiful that which He counts beautiful.

Verse 16 : But, if any man seems to be contentious, we have no such custom (custom of contention), neither the churches of God.

1 Corinthians 14:37 : If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.

It is of interest to note that the early church writers such as Tertullian, Hippolytus, Chrysostom, Jerome and Augustine unanimously teach the use of a cloth veil.  For 1500 years not a single voice opposed.  It started to be questioned in the late 1700’s to the early 1800’s and was abandoned by many by the mid 1900’s.  Also, it is of interest that in the catacombs of Rome where many of the early Christians buried their dead, many paintings and engravings depict women with veiled heads.  This artwork shows evidence of the apostolic teaching of the use of the veil.

Image Credits: http://truthinheart.com/EarlyOberlinCD/CD/Doctrine/BeVeiled.htm           https://www.gutenberg.org/files/47532/47532-h/47532-h.htm

In the beginning of the article we asked the question as to what the purpose is of our wearing the veil. In the Corinthian passage above, five purposes or times of application become clear. 1. When we pray 2. When we prophecy 3. For covering our glory 4. To demonstrate God’s authority structure, and 5. As a sign to the angels as to what Kingdom we identify with.

I would also like to mention an old testament analogy that has become meaningful to me in considering the significance of the women’s head veiling.  God gave the children of Israel a physical object to symbolize that His presence was with them. It was the ark of the covenant, their ‘Shekinah’ glory. The word Shekinah denotes the dwelling of God’s presence.  It was from the ark that God would speak to Moses. The Israelites were always to have it with them, and it was referred to as the glory of Israel. 1 Samuel 4:21. When they travelled the ark was to be covered with a covering of badgers skin and a cloth of blue, Numbers 4:5,6. In other words, the glory of Israel was to be covered and not seen by the people.  When the tabernacle was erected it was put into the most Holy place behind the veil into which only the priest could enter once a year.  Also, on top of the ark were two gold cherubim-the angels of God protecting the glory.  This is an analogy in the way that it represents the glory of God, His protection and power, it signifies Gods glory and the glory being covered. It is also a symbol of the angels covering and protecting the glory and presence of God.  The parallel meaning has significance in the teaching of the woman’s veiling.  Rom 15:4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning 

The ark was placed in the holy place. Holiness is beautiful! A number of times in scripture it talks about the ‘beauty of holiness’. 1 Chronicles 16:29, Psalm 29:2 The way we see beauty will depends on what kingdom we identify with. Let us unapologetically identify with the Kingdom of God.

Image Credit: http://evangeliku.blogspot.com/2015/07/the-ark-of-covenant.html

In closing think back to the beginning of the article where we talked about the daughters of King Jesus being princesses in His Kingdom.  A princess will happily wear a crown as a sign of her position and authority in the Kingdom.  We too wear an identifier of our position in the Kingdom.  Let us choose to wear the veil our of our love relationship with God, for the Glory of His Kingdom as a Princess and for the beauty of holiness.

Thoughts and inspiration for this article are credited to 1 Corinthians 11, ‘Let her be veiled’ Torch Publications ‘Introduction to Mennonite Doctrine and Practice’ David Null

Blogging Credits : Jerlene Miller

Jerri is the wife of Verlon and a mom of five wonderful children. Jerri has walk along side and blessed many ladies as a friend, mentor and pastor’s wife in a very gentle and gracious way. Her relationship with Jesus shines, as well as her loving spirit for Jesus and her sense of faith and trust in Him!

Talking Cosmetics

In all this talk about beauty and modesty that we have been enjoying these last weeks, let’s talk about products that are our favorite, and what we want to avoid in them.

Our skin is our biggest organ, and like a sponge it absorbs things quickly. Our skin absorbs 60% of what we apply and within 30 seconds it is through our blood system. So we most definitely want to be aware of what we put on! (Fun fact or horrific one! The average woman wears 515 chemicals a day.)

So here is a list of things to avoid when deciding what is a clean and more pure product:

SLS or Sodium Laural Salfates : used to foam, lather and bubble.

SLS can lead to cancer, allergies/ immunotoxicity

Parabens : commonly used as a preservative

Parabens can lead to Hormone disruptions, reproductive disorder and cancer

Propylene Glycol : used to make extracts from herbs

Propylene Glycol can lead to allergies / immunotoxicity and kidney failure,

Aluminum : it blocks the sweat ducks, there for does not allow all the sweat to reach the surface.

Aluminum can cause Neurotoxicity and bone and brain diseases. Because if you don’t let the sweat come out you are keeping the toxins in.

BHT : used as a perservative

BHT can cause cancer

Phthalates : found in fragrance oils

Phthalates can cause hormone disruption, asthma, breast cancer and ADHD

Synthetic fragrances : fragrances that are man made, from synthetic material.

Synthetic fragrances can cause hormone disruption, cancer

And this is a very , very small list of the chemicals and how they can affect you! I would encourage you to take a second look and reconsider everything that you put on your skin.

And as I had promised earlier in this post, here are a few companies that are committed to keeping their products more pure and clean and that I enjoy using!

https://www.nativecos.com/ Here is a company that uses common ingredients, and have a wonderful array of scents. I have loved their body wash and deodorant. They also have toothpaste that I like, though it is a little more pricey.

Their body spritzes are great detanglers as well as a light perfume!

https://www.lemongrassspa.com

Here is another beautiful place to order your body products from! They have a long and lovely line to offer. Facial care items, soap, deodorant, baby items, bug spray, you name it.

(And their soap boxes are beautiful!)

Ladies, even though it is difficult and easiest not to, it is very important to be aware of what we are eating, putting on our skin and in our bodies. Our bodies are God’s temple. It is our responsibility to care for what He has given us. And doing this helps us look our best!

The King and His Image-Bearer’s Choice

Part 3

After looking at why we would want to be modest ladies, and a bit of Biblical history on wearing clothes, it’s time to get to how to be modest.

Are you thinking this is going to be pretty hard? Aren’t we all going to come out at different places according to what church we go to, our upbringing, the culture of the country we live in, and etc.?

Yes! And that’s why I’ve been procrastinating on getting to this. That, and the fact that it’s all-important to have decided Who and What I am going to follow.

Sometimes we hear that it doesn’t matter how we dress. “If it’s going to cause men problems, they just need to clean up their minds.” I’m not going to rehash that all here, although I would be glad to have a personal conversation with you, if you wish.

I will say that there is never an excuse for a male to take advantage of a female. When horrible abuse happens, innocent victims often feel like it must be their fault. If this has happened to you, you do not need to carry the shame of another person’s sin. Please find a trusted adult to talk to about this.

About what God says about our dress… Does He care? He does. He clothed Adam and Eve with appropriate clothing to cover their shame. He designed dignified clothes for the priests of the Old Testament, and in the New Testament, we get a glimpse into what Jesus wore while He was on earth. God even tells us what the saints will wear in Heaven.

First Timothy 2:9 tells us to decorate ourselves with modest clothes, with shamefacedness (the idea of downcast [not bold], bashfulness [toward men], awe [toward God], and reverence). We should have sobriety (soundness of mind, sanity, self-control, soberness), and should not be decorated with broided hair (exquisitely and intricately arranged), gold, pearls, or costly array, but with good works.

First Peter 3:3,4 says to not let your decoration be the outward decoration of elaborate hairstyles, wearing gold, or your clothing. But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which will not die, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.

Are you seeing the picture in your mind of this lovely, feminine, lady? Let’s look into what is making her so attractive.

Look back a few verses in 1 Tim:1-6. The motivation for the command to women is a relationship with God, a response to what He has done for us. Now we reflect Him! Instead of living the way we want to, trying to fit Jesus into our lives wherever it doesn’t rock the boat too much, we must build our whole life around Him.

   Being created in the image of God, and then surrendering our lives to Him, fills us with power from the Holy Spirit to radically impact the culture we live in.

True beauty. We all want to be beautiful. God wants us to be beautiful, too, so much that He tells us clearly where that beauty should come from, and how it will be expressed. Will it come from Hollywood- wanting to dictate our worldview, or the fashion industry- wanting our money, or something that we put on? No! It will be that “hidden man of the heart”- Jesus flowing out through us. It will His grace upon us, and Him receiving the glory.  Jesus tells us as His disciples to learn of Him, to “put on” His attributes. 1 John 2:15, 16 tells us that we cannot love the world- the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, if we love our King.

What do you want people to see when they look at you? Two of my daughters were recently outside an airport, waiting for their ride, when a man approached them and asked them what they represent. In the course of their conversation, he expressed appreciation a couple times for their modest dress.

A few years ago, Tony and I went to a beach. There were other people there, so we went to the edge of the water and sat in the sand, talking and looking out over the ocean. A man jogged by, veered over to us, and said, “I just want you to know that I really appreciate what you stand for”, and jogged on, too quickly for us even to reply. On that trip also, in the Bahamas, I was approached by a local woman, who stated excitedly, “You’re a believer!” We often don’t realize it or think of it, but our appearance is a testimony to the life of Jesus within us; it draws people who are seeking and may give us an opportunity to witness of the Gospel. Share your stories in the comments, and how they encouraged you!

It may not always be approval that you get. “The preaching of the cross is foolishness to them that perish.” I love to snow ski, and I decided that I can ski in a dress. With snow pants underneath, and a warm coat on top, I can ski and still feel like a lady! I have been yelled at, “Skiing in a skirt?!” But I have also been treated respectfully and chivalrously. When we are at peace in our relationship with God, we can smile and show genuine compassion to people, even those who ridicule us for doing what we feel God wants us to do.

There is a lot of pressure for androgyny in our world. Evolution, feminism, humanism, homosexual and transgender agendas have been a downward drag of distorting God’s plan for mankind. Do not be afraid to be a beautiful, strong, loving woman in today’s world. People are longing and hungry to see something real, true. One afternoon we were walking the streets, inviting children to summer Bible School. An older man saw us ladies, lifted up his hands reverently, and exclaimed, “I just see all these angels coming down the sidewalk!”

You don’t need to apologize for dressing like a lady. In the heart of every confused feminist is a longing to be healed and respected, to be valued and accepted, to be able to express themselves as God made them.

If you are tempted to buy into the advertising of the makeup industry to try to make yourself beautiful, I encourage you to evaluate the origins of that industry and contrast it with 1 Tim. and 1 Peter.

Proverbs 7 talks about a harlot, who was not a professional prostitute, but a married woman with the spirit of a harlot. She is suggestive, beguiling and bold, and men are warned to stay far from her. I suggest that many beauty and fashion magazines, as well as websites and advertising are buying into this image. If you do not want to have an outcome like this spirit leads to, find edifying things to read and look at!

On a practical note, there are some things you can do that are easy and simple if skin issues are causing you stress. Eat a healthy, old-fashioned diet! Say no to sugar and junk food. Eat plenty of saturated animal fats (the way our ancestors ate before modern processed food and modern diseases), which will make your skin hydrated and beautiful. Drink plenty of water, and ignore the sweet drinks.

Most of all, if you want a beautiful face, live close to God. Prayerfully study His Word; ask Him to reveal Himself to you and change you. Trust Him for your day and your future. He cares about your life, and has your best in mind. When you sin, humble yourself and repent. Keep your conscience clear before God and in your relations with other people. The image of your King will be reflected on your face!

So, in expressing our relationship with Jesus, we will seek to be consistent in our dress. Many churches have agreements that relate to the witness that our group will be in our community. If you wish to identify with a group, I encourage you to embrace their vision. There may be applications that you don’t understand, and areas where you will surrender your personal likes or dislikes for your community. I hope you can discuss them in the light of God’s Word with your parents. Also, there may be ministers, their wives, or other older people in the congregation who can help you understand why and how those guidelines were decided on. They may have seen things and fought battles for Truth, which gave them courage and conviction to stand where they did. Listen to their stories, their experiences, and learn from their wisdom. Study God’s Word- He has so many principles for our lives.

Biblical guidelines for dress speak of simplicity. Simple, not putting things on to decorate ourselves, not expensive attire. With pop culture of social media, humility and simplicity are in grave danger of being discarded. What we wear is a reflection of our hearts. Do we truly believe our beauty is internal and Spirit-driven. Will we treat our body as a temple- a place of consecration to our Savior? On “costly array”- consider: Is the money you earn yours, or God’s. He has entrusted you with riches to bless and enlarge His Kingdom. We find many things we can do without when we consider the needs of the world at large, and make ourselves sensitive to God’s leading money-wise.

Some practical ideas for today: Learn the art of sewing well. It can be hard to find clothes that are going to fit your worldview, but if you can sew, you can make beautiful clothes that fit well.

There are many types of fabrics to choose from. Some may be easier to wear modestly than others. Some types of fabrics only very slender girls can wear without uncovering their nakedness. Elastic knit fabrics are designed with the purpose to be form-fitting and still allow a person to move. How can we say we are “covering ” what God wants covered when in actuality we are accentuating every bump and curve. I highly recommend the book, “Feminine Beauty”, by Evelyn Miller and I quote her here because she describes this perfectly. “We do not need to totally smother our femininity or deny the fact that we have curves, but if we dress in a way that clearly reveals the size and shape of our contours, then we are playing with fire. Although gravity dictates that garments will show the top side of our curves, when our clothing pulls in and hugs tightly to reveal the underside contours of these curves, it becomes inappropriate. If the garment is designed to make a focal point at the bust line or other curves, it is immodest.”

That includes baby bumps! When we are expecting a baby is not a time to lower our standards.

Do we need to cover our bodies because they are wicked? Remember, God created us beautiful and wants us to be beautiful. But the unveiling of that beauty is not for just anyone to get glimpses of, but for our Lord in that our bodies are a living sacrifice, a testament of His holiness. If we marry, what an amazing gift to our husband alone; keeping our body for him, truly doing him good and not evil all the days of our lives. (Prov. 31:16)

Be careful of modesty in your home as well as out of it. Care for your family by being fully dressed outside of your bedroom or bathroom. Care for the men in your family by throwing away advertisements with immodest models on them.

Let your carefulness in how you dress be motivated by and produce in you a love for others. If God has shown you areas in your life that need changed and you claim victory over them, never let this give you feelings of pride or superiority, but instead gratefulness to God for the privilege of being His servant, and for what He has worked in you.

You are in a war. Decide that you will side with your Creator and Redeemer. Then let your faith grow (by the Word of God), study your King’s manual (the Word of God!), and remember, you are on the winning side.

“But as He which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation” (the way you live your life). 1 Peter 1:15

Blogging credits to Wendy Weaver

Photography credits to Ginger Weaver

The King and His Image-Bearer’s Choice

Part 2

In my last post, I talked about why, as daughters of the King, we would want to be modest. (1 Corinthians 6:19, 20)

When we surrender our lives to God, He asks us for all. Is that too much to ask? Think of Jesus’ sacrifice; He gave everything: Heaven’s glory, being born as a helpless baby into a poor family; He had nowhere to lay His head. His followers badgered, betrayed, and denied Him. And then He bore the shame of a cruel death, with all the sin of the entire race heaped upon Him.

When we accept that free gift of salvation, our hearts overwhelm with gratitude, and we are filled with a deep reverence for God and desire to obey Him. If we say, “Yeah, thanks, God,” and then go on serving ourselves, we throw that gift of the power of the Holy Spirit working in our lives to make us more like Jesus, right back at our King.

But when we follow Christ, read His Word, talk to Him regularly throughout the day, listen for His still small voice in our conscience, we believe what He has told us about ourselves… (“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, You are bought with a price, You are a chosen generation…”) Just read your Bible over and over and soak up what God says to You!

As our love for our King grows, we know that God is what He says He is, (love, truth, good, faithful, a gentle shepherd…) and so our desire grows to look to Him instead of the world for our cues, for our approval, for our praise, and to have our desires met.

So how does God want His girls to dress? I guess I’m primarily writing to ladies. If you are a guy reading this you are welcome, but a modesty article for you is for another time and place. Can I give you a small, kind hint though? We want you to be modest, too. Please don’t make us have to look at you in the current skin-tight, two-sizes-too-small clothes. The truth is: we’re more grossed out than turned on.

So, for us ladies, when we read 1 Peter 3:1-6, 1 Timothy 2, 3:11, and Titus 2:1-5, we see some commands that our King gives specifically for women. And then we think about how we are going to dress.

Modesty has to do with our heart and our spirit. I won’t go into that in detail because you are going to get another post on that. But when King Jesus is flowing out of our lives, it is going to affect how we view our body and how we clothe it.

Is your body evil? Did God make a mistake when He first created Eve and her lovely body? Why was she naked, yet today we are concerned with clothing our bodies?

Time for a history lesson. Go back to the Garden of Eden, where Adam and Eve are basking in an unadulterated, pure, holy relationship with God, naked and unashamed. When God made them, He pronounced them very good. I hope you are connecting the dots that He created YOU very good also.

But, when Eve was deceived by the serpent, Satan, and she and Adam, out of the desire for knowledge that Satan convinced Eve God was keeping from them, ate the fruit of the tree that they had been forbidden to eat, immediately their relationship with God was severed. Suddenly, they knew they were naked, and they did their best to find something, anything, to cover themselves before God would find all this out.

Why did they suddenly realize they were naked? Before, they only knew of a pure, holy, relationship with God. Now they were no longer innocent (think of an innocent toddler- are they self-conscious of their body? No.) Their sin brought shame, as sin always does.

Adam and Eve tried to hide their shame. They tried to cover themselves with fig leaves wrapped around their bodies. Yet still, their shame persisted, and when they heard God coming, the God that previously they had enjoyed such sweet fellowship with, they hid.

At the end of the evening’s interaction with God, He covered their shame by shedding animals’ innocent blood to make them coats of skin.

We have inherited the sin nature from Adam. God set the precedent for covering our bodies: not merely wrapping around our private areas like Adam and Eve tried to do, but a full covering for our bodies.

Our culture tells us to suggest, entice, and expose. But, as daughters of the King, we will desire for our clothing to cover, hide, and show restraint.

Tell me what you’re thinking, and stay tuned as we try to get practical on beauty and the heart of God.

Blogging credits to Wendy Weaver

Photography credits to Kinza and Ginger Weaver

The King and His Image-Bearer’s Choice

Part 1

As our first guest writer, my mom; Wendy, agreed to write this post for us. When I was younger I remember asking my mom why my dad almost never told me that this or that was or wasn’t modest. My friend’s dads always had a say in what they wore. Then mom told me that she had always felt it was her responsibility to find out what Dad wanted for our family and then shop accordingly. That always sticks with me and if I ever have my own family I am going to take on that responsibility, too. -Kinza

In a world that tells me that I must stand up for myself, where self-esteem is all important, and God-esteem is mocked, that I need to express myself and my individuality; why would I care about modesty?

Modest: Keeping due measure, modest 1. having or showing a moderate opinion of one’s own value, abilities, achievements, etc.; not vain or boastful; unassuming 2. not forward; shy or reserved 3. behaving, dressing, speaking, etc. in a way that is considered proper or decorous; decent 4. moderate or reasonable; not extreme 5. quiet and humble in appearance, style, etc.; not pretentious.

Modesty: the quality or state of being modest; specific. a) unassuming or humble behavior b) lack of excess or pretention; moderation c) decency, decorum.

Moderate: within bounds, restraint, avoiding excess or extremes of average or medium quality, amount, scope, range, etc.

Modest- Kosmios- orderly, decorous; of good behavior, modest.

So why would I want to be modest? How do I determine what is modest?

It starts with a worldview. We all have one, whether we grew one by purpose or default. It has to do with a King and His kingdom.

His name is King Jesus and He is my Father, by adoption. How did that happen? Well, go back, back, back to creation. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit spoke the world into being. (Genesis 1; especially verse 26, John 1:1) The plot thickens: the perfect world, a man and his wife created in God’s image, and their choice to disobey their God, and lose fellowship with Him.

Perfection turned dark as the effects of sin compounded on the earth. But (hear the angels singing?) the promised Redeemer, God the Son, King Jesus, was obedient to His Father, and came to this earth as a baby, and submitted to death on a cross to Deliver, to make a way that we can have a relationship restored with God. The best part is, He didn’t stay dead . He defied death and rose. He lives in Heaven today!

This free gift, this Salvation, is extended to all mankind. Whosoever will may come and partake freely! It’s for you and for me!

And this is why I care about modesty. When I repented of my sin against my Creator, and began to walk with Him, my desires changed. Before, I loved the world (1 John 2:15, 16); Now I love my King, my Redeemer, and want to glorify Him.

So, I have chosen a Kingdom. You can choose too. There is a kingdom that opposes King Jesus’. It is ruled by an angel who defied God, and he and his followers were removed from Heaven. He roams the earth today (1 Peter 5:8) and does everything in his power to fight against and lure members of God’s Kingdom away. His goal for you and me is eternal damnation.

Like Adam and Eve, we are created in the image of God. That is our intrinsic value, our incalculable worth. In His Kingdom, as women, we have high value; at the foot of the cross there is equality, and this brings the freedom for people to treat each other with respect and honor.

When we become part of the Kingdom of God, and continue surrendering to Him, we are radically changed. Before, we exalted self. Now, we want our King to be lifted up. Before, we were concerned that I am seen and heard, but now we want King Jesus to be seen in us. Before, we clung tenaciously to self. Now, the good of the kingdom- our brothers and sisters in the Lord, is what we seek. We have turned from rejecting our image-bearer to desiring to reflect Him with all we have!

How does this all fit with modesty? Hang on, we’re getting to it!

Blogging credits to Wendy Weaver

Photo credits to Damarus Wadel