The covering of the Head in the place of worship by women is a practice that dates as far back as the Early Church days. It was a strict rule that women place a veil on their heads, so as not to desecrate the Temple or Synagogue.
The most often quoted scriptural verse when dealing with this controversial topic is 1Corinthians 11:2-16. Many have tried interpreting what Apostle Paul was teaching about women covering their heads, while many others argue that in present day society, it is not an up-to-date practice.
This debate on whether Christian Head covering is right or wrong started in the 20th century.
Although, it can be asserted that Apostle Paul was right in his epistle to the church in Corinth on Head covering but first, One has to know the times in which he wrote that letter.
In that age, women were seen as a secondary part of the congregation. Also, the act of submission by a woman to a man as her husband was emphasized in such times. The Man was seen as the Head of the woman as Christ is illustrated to be the Head of the Church.
Ephesians 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. 5:24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.
The submission to authority was therefore a sign of acknowledging the man’s headship in the home.
The Jewish women, at the time of worship, had their heads covered with Tallit which is a veil. This was what distinguished them from the ones called prostitutes in the society. Paul emphasized that the extravagance be curbed by a woman covering her head and if otherwise, she should have her hair shaved which of course will cause greater embarrassment.
It is worthy to note that in Greece during the early century, men and women had similar style of clothing and the only way to tell apart was by the head covering.
Covering of Head has now become a hot topic that has even caused discrimination amongst churches in modern day society. Although, respected Theologians and Evangelistic leaders such as Wayne Jackson, Watchman New, Dr Andrew Smith have aired their opinions in support of Head covering for women.
Culture, a vital factor in Lifestyle, has a part to play in this. Study has shown that in certain communities such as the Amish community, a head covering is expected of a wife. This serves as a symbol of responsibility. In certain European countries, leaving hair uncovered in the place of worship is the norm.
Why make persons feel out of place in a congregation whether or not the Head is covered?
Afterall, the emphasis in Dressing from head to toe should be Modesty.