Just wanted to give my personal testimony here about covering. Over the last few years, when I would pray, I would get the feeling that I was supposed to cover my head. I would grab a scarf or towel, or whatever was laying around at the time, and put it on my head.
I studied 1 Corinthians 11, and I researched it.....the Greek word for covering is not
hair-it means an actual veil. I laid in bed a couple of months ago, and prayed about it-I told God that if the covering was still for today, and He wanted me to do it, I would.
Immedietely, the Holy Spirit fell on me and I was filled with the most incredible peace and joy....it was the clearest "yes!" that I could have gotten! I threw a scarf on my head and have been covering full time ever since! For an entire week, I felt the Lord's presence and it was like I had just gotten saved-I had a strong joy and happiness in my salvation!
As for the thing about the covering being cultural....well, verse 10 says that the woman should have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels. The angels are always going to be there, no matter what century we are living in, and no matter what area of the world. Plus, God does not change-He is the same yesterday, today, and always....He gave us the commandments in the Bible to last always, yet man is the one who wants to change things and say it is because "times are changing".
God's word does not change.....a woman still should have a covering, at least when praying. I want to be ready to pray at any time, so I cover constantly.
I have read testimonies about a woman who was tormented by horrible blasphemous thoughts, constantly. She started covering, and the thoughts stopped. Another pastor who had a wife who covered during the day, started having nightmares every night. He told his wife to cover at night, just to see what would happen. Immedietely the nightmares stopped. The same thing happened to a friend of his, and he told him to tell his wife to cover at night, and when she did, his nightmares went away. A piece of cloth on a woman's head is not some magic thing, but it does show that a woman is obeying the spiritual order of God.
The order is that God is first, then Christ, then the man, then the woman. It does not matter about "women's rights" or "equality with men" or whatever....it is God's will that man was created first, and then woman.
But today, the roles have almost been reversed.....many woman want a man's job because they want to be "equal" with man on every level. Many men wear their hair long, and women cut their hair very short. Jeans are very popular for women, of course, even though God said that anyone who wears the clothing of the opposite sex is an abomination (Deuteronomy 22:5).....but it's so easy to say that "times are changing".
But God's word does not change....He wants a man to look and dress like a man, and a woman to look and dress like a woman. Women covered up until less than 100 years ago....and it was man
who said it was "not for today"....God never said that at all. The covering is an outward symbol of submission and modesty....
I'm not that good at explaining it, but all I know is that because of how God answered my prayer, and my convictions of 1 Corinthians 11, as well as the same convictions of other Christian women all over the world, I believe that women should cover their hair. I have a lot of really good websites that explain the covering really well-a lot better than I can, if anyone is interested-or you can just google "Christian headcovering" and find lots of good sites as well-some really good videos on YouTube as well. Sorry-this was meant to be a simple testimony.