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  • Writer's pictureJonathan Painter

Hairstyles of the Home

"Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ." - I Corinthians 11:1

The Spirit of God moved on the Apostle Paul to write the statement above to the church of Corinth. However, I do find it interesting that on the very heels of this opening verse Paul writes regarding leadership in the home. Every home needs a leader, God intended that the leader of the home would be the man. Yet the man is supposed to lead the home as He is following Christ. Therefore it falls on the man of the house to implement standards within the home that would be pleasing to God and representative of following Christ.

If we continue reading through this chapter we come to the issue of hair, and what purpose it serves. We are told that a woman should not be uncovered or shorned for it is a shame to her. "...but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered." (I Corinthians 11:7) Therefore we find that by God's standards a woman should not have a butchered, short, or shaven haircut, it is a shame to her. The Bible is clear that a woman's hair is her glory, to shave off all or part of it is literally shaming of herself. "But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her..." (I Corinthians 11:15)

There is also a Godly standard of hair set for the man as well. "Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?" (I Corinthians 11:14) It is very clear here that a man should not have long hair, yet, what is considered long hair? Nature teaches us what long hair is. Where the hair stops growing is the point that we call the hairline. Nature teaches us with this hairline at what point my hair becomes "long" as the Bible defines. Once I let my hair grow and hang below that hairline my hair is long in God's eyes. This then becomes a shame to the man. What is the glory for the woman, is a shame for the man because God has made men and women distinctly different and He wants them to remain so. It is the Devil who seeks to blur the line between the genders and try to confuse what God has so basically and perfectly made.

This then leads to the question of whether a woman is required to always wear a hat or head covering on her head. The question stems from the verse, "But every woman that prayeth and prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoreth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven." (I Corinthians 11:5) Upon reading this verse there have been many who have drawn the conclusion that a woman must always wear a head covering. However, this verse is answered later on in the chapter. If a woman's head is uncovered she dishonoreth her head. What is dishonor? It is the same as shame. When the man has long hair he also dishonors his head with shame according to Scripture. Therefore I believe that the shame and dishonor of a woman's head are covered when she has long hair. "But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering." (I Corinthians 11:15) God has given her a natural covering that she can maintain and care for, but should not shave or shorn off. Her hair should fall below that natural hairline with which nature teaches us. Having hair that extends past that point then provides the covering God requires. I do not believe it is wrong for a woman to wear a hat or head covering, but it is not required of God.

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