|"The Pioneer" art by Robert T.Barrett source|
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 not―pushed 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."
Press on, press on
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
you've made already
Press on, press on,
He is clearing a way