What does the Bible say about hair length? Do men have to have short hair, and do women have to have long hair?


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Shea S. Michael Houdmann Supporter Got Questions Ministries
A passage that mentions hair length in the New Testament is 1 Corinthians 11:3-15. The Corinthian church was in the middle of a controversy about the roles of men and women and the proper order of ...

July 01 2013 7 responses Vote Up Share Report

Stringio Vin Smith Concert Pianist. Piano Tuner. Talk Show Host. Novelist.
...It is so easy to get bogged down in artificially cobbled together precepts that amount to doctrinal bloviation. 

I decided to wear a goatee back in the late '70's. So one fine morning, I walked to the church from the parking lot, and a wonderful little old lady walked up to me and said... "I know you are a fine man... But you should not be wearing that facial hair! It flies in the face of your Christian witness!"

I smiled, and said, "...Sister... I am so happy you have informed me of that. I know that Wilkinson Sword Blades, centuries old, were available back in the Bible days, and of course, all God-fearing men were clean shaven. I shall be so next week!"

"Thank you Vin! I knew you would understand!" 

Nowadays--2015 and quite a few years before--it has been common practice for men to sport facial hair. However, back in the day--the seventies--many prejudices existed (some still do), about many things. Such thinking is not conducive to a healthful Christian body politic. I think I might well have been a bit off base even in the gentle bit of indirect satire; though it did sail right over the fine sister's head...

The point is, as Christians let us stop emphasizing niggling points of personal prejudice. Let us begin to totally proclaim the love of Jesus 
Christ, and his sacrifice to propitiate sin. In so doing, we can avoid the petty misunderstandings that help to sometimes paint a negative picture of Christianity...

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