Should Men Have Long Hair?

Should Men Have

Long Hair?

This is one of those questions that is sure to arouse not only interest but also anger from a few of the readers.  On the other hand, we are confident that many readers will agree with the conclusions of these words of exhortation.

When men in the Western World began to allow their hair to grow longer in the 1960s, there was a loud outcry of disapproval by churchgoing people as well as most people in the general public.  They knew that long hair on a man suggested a cultural shift that they were not at all in sympathy with.  It became associated with the careless hippie lifestyle and was connected with “free sex,” drugs, and a drop-out mentality of irresponsibility.  In light of this, it is no wonder that most elements of society objected to the growing practice of men allowing their hair to grow long.

We think that at least some of this was simply reactionary and not really thought out rationally and Scripturally.  Over the years, it seems like many people have come to accept this long hair phenomenon and see very little wrong with it.  Some libertarian type of professing Christians would even label opposition as a legalistic response that should not at all be found in a religion of grace.  We would observe that this “grace” orientation that accepts long hair for men would also accept many other aberrations that would have been condemned in former generations.

One reason why we believe that there was an unthinking reaction against long hair on men was that there really was no consistency in this opposition, at least from a Scriptural standpoint.  Paul the apostle writes:

Does not even nature itself teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a dishonor to him, but if a woman has long hair, it is a glory to her?  For her hair is given to her for a covering (1 Corinthians 11:14-15).

You will notice that the same apostle who condemned long hair on men also condemned short hair on women!  Why did so many religious people freely condemn long hair on men but were quite content to allow women to wear short hair?  Such short (or “bobbed”) hair of women would have been soundly condemned before the First World War, but over the ages it came to be acceptable just as long hair has become acceptable in some circles of society today.

This kind of response is entirely inconsistent, wouldn’t you say?  God, through His chosen apostle Paul, says that it is a “dishonor” for a man to have long hair.  And if a woman has short hair, she chooses to renounce that God says is her “glory.”  Would this not mean that it is just as sinful for a woman to have short hair as it is for a man to have long hair?

Long hair on a man is feminine.  While such a “man” may be male in gender, he is feministic in appearance.  Along with long hair, men have also adopted other traditionally feminine attire—such as ear jewelry and other such jewelry.  Formerly men would have been ashamed to appear in public with an earring, but today it is entirely acceptable in some circles.  What began as a sodomite symbol of rejecting moral sexuality was transferred to many other men so that today one doesn’t know if a jewelry-wearing man is a homosexual or heterosexual!  Whatever it may reveal, it does manifest a feministic appearance rather than a solid masculine appearance.

The Christian should have nothing to do with this rather recent custom of some men.  It has nothing to do with godliness and righteousness.  While there are various forms of short hair for a man, the Christian should choose one that is considered respectable, honorable, and clearly pure and masculine.  On the other hand, women who profess godliness should choose to look like a pure and wholesome woman—one who prizes the “glory” that God has given to her.  She should choose to wear her long hair!  (We are in no way condemning women who cannot naturally grow their hair long.)

(We suggest that you also read the article, “The Woman’s Glory,” on this website.)

Richard Hollerman





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