Hair In the Butter?

JErry Johnson

If you've read the sign, something like: "Haircuts: Men, Women, Children." There was a time in the life of many of us when even the denominations frowned upon a woman cutting her hair. But that is long past. Now its stylish, trendy, and totally accepted. Anyone who objects in our world is a bit odd.

Although trends and fashion are not inherently wrong, some things are interpreted as being stylish and in fashion when in fact they may offend God. Some may even be in rebellion to Him. Brother H.E. Robertson used to emphasize that one of the most expected sins of the backslider, espe­cially the young, was seen in the hair. Upon leaving the church, the young men would let their's grow, and the women would cut their's off. Be­cause Paul said that it should be unquestionably obvious that long hair is shameful on a man (1 Cor. 11:14), would you not view this as an act of rebellion? But what men must not have (long hair), women must have-"her hair is given her for a covering" (v. 15). What is right for the man is wrong for the woman-what is right for the woman, is wrong for the man!

But what kind of hair Paul? Long hair, short hair, cut hair, uncut hair? If it matters to you dear sister, the Bible says: "But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering" (1 Cor. 11:15). The word hair, ("but if a woman have long hair") is from the Greek komao (Strong's #2863), and, according to Lexicographer J. H. Thayer means "to let the hair grow, have long hair." Thus, it is abun­dantly clear to those who fear offend­ing God that God forbids a woman to interfere with the growth of her hair, whether by cutting, burning, or what­ever other method is purposely used. Because He has plainly instructed her to "let it grow," she cannot please Him in cutting it off.

The caretaker who is instructed by his employer to "let the lawn on the south side of the garage grow," un­derstands clearly that he is not to cut it. Does it matter to you dear sister that God is offended when you cut your hair?

"But my hair is still growing, even as the hairdresser is cutting it." Cer­tainly, but Paul is writing of that over which the woman has control-cutting or not cutting the hair-that which God gave to her as her glory.

A Bible usage of this very phrase is found in Numbers 6:5 in the laws of the Nazarite. It reads: "All the days of the vow of his separation there shall no razor come upon his head: until the days be fulfilled, in the which he separateth himself unto the Lord, he shall be holy, and shall let the locks of the hair of his head grow." That is abundantly clear. No razor, no instrument to cut the hair shall be used; the hair of the Nazarite must not be cut-it must be allowed to grow.

God's Bible says the same of you dear sister, as a New Testament Christian. You are to have long hair, i.e., hair that is let grow (allowed to grow), as the original meaning of the word hair in 1 Corinthians 11:15 teaches (komao, "to let the hair grow, have long hair"/ Paul is not writing of a certain length, but of simply letting the hair grow. This is comfort­ing to any sister whose hair is rela­tively short, even though she never cuts her hair, in obedience to God.

But does this mean we must know Greek to know God's will? Not at all. If sisters will hear it, it is enough that God said a woman's long hair is a glory to her, and that GOD gives it to her for a covering. How can she jus­tify cutting/removing what God has given her, what God intended for her glory and for her covering? After all, since it is a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven (1 Cor 11:6), why would she purposely do that which would bring her shame, shearing or shaving her God-given covering (1 Cor. 11:15)?

But even among those who con­cede that a woman should not cut her hair, cutting bangs and other such styles seem to be somehow exempt. But, the Bible says to "let the hair grow." As bro. Kirbo was wont to say about cutting bangs, etc.: "Sisters, it's still your hair-it's hair if you get it in the butter isn't it?" Again, "to let the hair grow" is not referring to how long it is in linear inches, but the fact that you are, in obedience to God, letting it grow, however long or short it may grow.

Paul wrote, "For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered" (1 Cor. 11:6). Rhetorically, our in­spired brother is saying, it is a shame for women to be shorn or shaven.

In yet another passage, he writes, "For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things" (Phil. 3:18-19). Among many other things, do we not see here the picture of some dear sister who goes to the hairdresser, has her hair cut and styled, and leaves, glorying in-proud of- how "nice" her hair now looks? Is she glorying in something of which she should actually be spiritu­ally ashamed? If this is so, Paul just informed us in Philippians 3:19, that she has just illustrated that her god is actually her own fleshly yearnings (belly, Paul calls it)-what she wants. He also says that such who so glory are enemies of the cross (by rejecting the will of God), and that the ultimate end of all this is destruction, because the mind is on earthly things.

Study this dear sister... let there be "nothing between your soul and the Saviour." Eternity is ahead. -Jerry