Monday, August 24, 2015

Christian Headcovering And Recovery Of Godly Reverence In Worship


Serving amongst the refugee communities in Europe, I have contact with various people from Middle East. One of the complains which I often hear from those who are seriously seeking the truth and come to church is this;

"I feel so shocked to see Jesus being treated so lightly and downgraded in the modern Christian churches. They perform skit, for example, playing the role of Jesus and let him say something which sounds almost like joking. Jesus is a holy man! We should respect him and show our deep reverence toward this holy man."

O may God forgive us! Isn't it ironic and lamentable that those who recognize Jesus as merely a prophet show much more reverence to Him than those of us who consider and worship Him as holy Son of God? We have seen that many evangelical church services have degraded into entertainment and show nowadays so much so that we have almost lost the sense of holy fear and reverence in front of the Holy One.

Regarding this, brother Greg Gordon (a guest author of mentioned as follows;

"One golden chord of thought and belief in early Christian theology is that when we corporately worship together we are entering also the worship of the holy angels and cloud of witnesses in heaven. Worship has become so self-centered that such thinking seems absurd in our day. Worship has always been lofty as we are worshipping God, not some idol or lesser deity. One minute in heaven of true heavenly worship will seem like an eternity.

"What is sacred anymore in our Christian life? Are things in the Church still holy to you? Is worship something that gives you the sense of angels worshipping with you? Christianity has always been a holy religion. There is nothing mundane about it, yet modern thinking wants to bring Christ and all the holy things of God into the mud of common things.

"Father in heaven, please allow me to recapture the sense of awe and respect for the holy things of God. Let me sense how holy heaven is and the angelic worship that even now resounds. Amen." (source)
So, what is the connection between Christian headcovering and godly reverence in worship?

"When we look a bit closer at this passage about the tradition of head covering, we find that the practice should be done in the fear of the Lord," says brother Gordon.

"Symbols are powerful things because they speak of the greater reality. The symbol of head covering represents women as testifying to the unseen angelic hosts in true worship and reverence of God, being in his order. When a sister covers her head in godly sincerity and reverence for God, the act of putting on the veil speaks of her inner desire to obey the Lord and reverence the things of God. ...In our day, it is important for evangelicals to rethink and consider the symbols that God has given to the church, which speaks of the eternal realities of the kingdom of God." (source)

The symbol of headcovering speaks of the eternal realities of the Kingdom of God, which is unseen in our mortal eyes but nonetheless real and substantial. I've heard from many headcovering sisters that this biblical practice influences upon their depths of the soul and penetrates so deeply into their being that it awakens the sense of holy reverence and heavenly affection toward the Holy One.

Is the recovery of the headcovering practice in the 21st century,promoted by men? No. I believe that it is the pure working of the Spirit who "maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered." (Rom 8:26 b). Jesus said that "(the Spirit) shall glorify me" (John 16:14 a). Yes, the whole and ultimate purpose of this recovery movement is to glorify Jesus the King of kings and to satisfy the heart of the Father in heaven.
(He) who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;
Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see; to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.
1 Timothy 6:15b,16