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Monday, July 6, 2015

A Call To Be Pioneers: Headcovering Sisters, Let Us Open A Way Where There Is No Way!


 
"The Pioneer" art by Robert T.Barrett source
 
Are we conservative? Are we traditional? Are we "out-of-date" kind of stern-faced, solemn Christians? Is that what we, headcovering, modest sisters are supposed to be?

I tell you that I am inclined to be very conservative in everything, especially after embracing the creation order and biblical womanhood. Both my lifestyle (no TV, no radio, plain clothes etc) and my theology are fairly conservative. I'd thought being conservative overlaps or coincides with "biblical", until one day, I read the fiery message of brother Finny Kuruvilla, which challenged me. Here is what he says;

  "A final cautionary example is the word conservative. The Enemy would love to break Christians into docile, tame creatures who are loathe to rattle status quo. Consequently, care should be used when using expressions like "conservative Christian" or "liberal Christian." The term conservatives has three liabilities: first, it is not found in Scripture; second, it is allied to political parties; third, it is associated with preserving the existing state of affairs.
 
  "The latter liability has especially important implications for young people. "One of the greatest injustices we do to our young people is to ask them to be conservative. Christianity is not conservative, but revolutionary." (Francis Schaeffer, The Church at the End of the Twentieth Century, p.78)
 
 "Jesus' kingdom is at war; we need bold, courageous warriors--not timid, conservative bystanders. We need young people in a resistance movement against the world's powers. The need for boldness is well aligned with the natural impulse of youth.
 
  "Some of the greatest feats in the church age have been done by young people. Conrad Grebel, William Tyndale, Michael Sattler, John Wesley, David Brainerd, Adoniram Judson, and Amy Carmichael are but a handful of noteworthy believers who accomplished great things in the Lord while in their twenties or thirties." (Finny Kuruvilla, King Jesus Claims His Church, Chap 11. "The Propaganda of disobedience and the war of words", p.119)

Are we afraid of people's reactions against our head covering practice? Are we like fearful hamsters who are trembling at the corner of the church because nobody is doing it? Dear friend, I want to encourage you that you are clearing a new path right at this moment. Think about our Lord Jesus Christ. He was the true pioneer who opened the heavenly road to the Father by His courageous death on the Cross. And so are we who possess the Spirit of Christ!

  "Comrades, let us be resolute. Let us, by whatever name we are called, be Soldiers, Nazarites, Priests. Some will praise us, some will blame us; let us not care too much about either praise or blame. Let us live looking up, looking on--true by His grace, who has called us." (Amy Carmichael, God's Missionary)

Just like our brother Jeremy said, "more than a symbol is at stake (here)" regarding the head covering issue.

When we practice it out of our genuine love to Him and His word, we are,whether we like it or notpushed to the very front line of the ideological, theological and spiritual warfare in the 21st century.

Do we shrink back or press on? By our humble obedience, the Spirit in us moves forward, "casting down,,every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ." (II Cor 10:5)

Francis Schaeffer said that the world-spirit does not always take the same form, so we Christians must resist the spirit of the world in the form it takes in his own generation. And he quoted Martin Luther, challenging us to heed these words;

  "If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christ. Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved, and to be steady on all the battlefield besides, is mere flight and disgrace if he flinches at that point." (Martin Luther, quoted in Francis Schaeffer, The God Who Is There)

Ladies, what is "that little point" in our generation, especially for the Bible-believing sisters? Yes, it is none other than the headcovering issue. And as Luther said, "where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved."


 

Untrodden path
Unknown path
 
Press on, press on
Little maidens!
 
Are you weary?
Are you downcast?
 
So let me carry your luggage.
And let me hold your hands.
 
See, my friend,
you've come that far
 
See, my friend,
the new path
you've made already
 
Press on, press on,
little maidens!
 
He is clearing a way
through you




-Kinuko

 

11 comments:

  1. Kinuko- Thank you for sharing, you are so gracious and resolute! I want to ponder Finny's statement awhile, too true. Following Christ is indeed revolutionary and like nothing else the world can offer, Let's encourage each other in the way! Blessings to you, friend. -Maribeth

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  2. Oh, thank you, Maribeth! You are like a transparent echo in the valley.Though we are far away geographically, but our hearts are so close and united. Yes let's encourage each other in the way. from your sister, Kinuko

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  3. Kinuko, one of my friends just started wearing head covering during church service. She wears hats and caps. It's such a joy to see a friend who follows Biblical commands.

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    1. Irina,how good the news is! As Kinuko said, I also think that you inspired her to do that.God is wonderful!
      Sanae

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  4. Wow, Irina, how happy I am to hear that! I am sure she has seen your godly behaviors and it helped her to take this courageous step. Please send my love and greetings to your friend!! from joyful Kinuko

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  5. Thank you Kinuko for this article, I should read it every time I feel discouraged ! So many useful and so-true things are written in this post, such as the "very little point" that the evil absolutely want to delete ! Thank you ! I think God gave you a talent for encouraging brothers and sisters ;)

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    1. Dear Caro, my little sister! Thank you for your loving words. Actually, your testimonies/ideas regarding modesty have re-molded my "conservatism" .
      I might share with you more later. Yes, let us continue to be faithful to both big things and small things for the glory of our King Jesus!

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  6. Dear Kinuko,
    I was greatly impacted by this article. There were many powerful statements that encouraged me to continue being a "pioneer." You know, sometimes, our little, fearful selves whisper to us, "It's not worth it. Just drop what you're doing and live in a way that will make people like you. After all, how important is this little thing? It's really non-important and extreme, right?" That little voice sometimes whispers to me, and I have to speak louder than it, in order to block it out. Most people try to avoid "extremes," attempting to live somewhere in the middle, because they think that being extremist is synonymous with being erroneous. They live their lives in the middle area, and never do anything out of sync with what everybody else at large is doing. They fit in just right. But is that the life for me? Is that the life that Christ calls us to? When we stand before Him one day, will He congratulate us on being mainstream and "normal"? What will His eyes see in me, when they penetrate to the depths of my being, and see my true motives, including all the fears that I chose to give in to, instead of trusting and obeying Him?

    I think you brought up a good point: we must not restrict ourselves to being conservative--we must step out in obedience to our Lord, wherever that leads us, and whatever that makes us in the eyes of the world.

    Thank you so much for the reminder, Kinuko.
    Jessica

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  7. "we must not restrict ourselves to being conservative--we must step out in obedience to our Lord, wherever that leads us, and whatever that makes us in the eyes of the world." Amen!

    Dear Jessica, thank you so much for your thoughtful and wise comment. While I was away, He has taught me many other lessons regarding Christian headcoverings, which I'd like to share with you in good time.

    Thank you for your faithfulness and consistency in words and in actions, Jessica. Thank you for making the prayer list every week. I believe that your sincere efforts would one day bear fruits.

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  8. Thank you, Kinuko! I really needed the encouragement. Your kind words are like a fresh breeze on a hot day. And I'd like to reiterate how much I love this post!
    Jessica

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  9. Dear Jessica,

    Thank you for your comment! I've just finished translation and posted Sister Esther's article (http://christianveiling.com/2015/06/26/the-headcovering-as-a-symbol-of-submission/) on my Japanese blog.

    And of course, I translated your quotes as well. Excellent insight regarding submission, symbol and headcovering. Now, I am going to quote your comment here so that our readers can read it, too. Here it goes;

    "Submission. We don’t like it, but it’s essential. We can only receive salvation through an act of submission of our wills to God’s will. We receive Jesus as Savior, and follow Him as Lord. That’s where it all begins.

    Naturally, the journey continues through our continued acts of submission to Him as we obey His commands. Submission does not degrade us, but brings us honor in the eyes of our Lord. It makes us pleasing to Him.

    I also agree that the symbol cannot be separated from the truth it represents. We are physical, visual, tactile creatures, and God knows this, since He made us this way. He has provided symbols to speak to our physical, visual, tactile nature.

    Symbols have the potential to bypass the intellect, to a certain degree, and move straight to the heart. Their meaning is not so much processed by the mind, but by the inner understanding of the heart.

    Moses lifted up the serpent–vile creature–in the wilderness, and all who had been bitten by poisonous snakes and gazed up at the bronze serpent, were cured.

    Later on, we see Jesus, lifted up on a cross, the symbol of shame. He became sin for us. He became our vileness (though without sin Himself). When we look up at Him, with the belief in our hearts that He will cure us of the sin that has poisoned us, a miraculous act of salvation occurs.

    Though this can certainly be analyzed intellectually, the symbolicness of this first impacts the heart, and is driven directly to our spirits. We don’t have to have much education to “get it.” That’s the beauty of symbols.

    Headcovering speaks submission in so clear a manner, that words are not really necessary. The message is driven straight to the heart.

    And THAT, I believe, is why it is so rejected. Because our culture as a whole doesn’t like submission. But we, as Christians, can choose to be different than the culture."

    with love and thanks,Kinuko

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