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
I forget which church I was in but it was recent & not my usual church. I was a little behind the 8~ball ~ which happens to me a lot~ so there was this moment after we'd been asked to bow our heads for prayer when I was left gazing abstractly at the long row of heads obediently bowed in front of me & I was struck by something. Every single head was female ~ & not one of them had long hair! Not a one. There wasn't a headcovering in sight either but that is another issue entirely because often the people against headcoverings argue their hair is given them as a covering ~ no matter how short it is. Hm.
Now here's the thing, because we don't want to be all legalistic about things as if works can save us & I've had *Grace* quoted at me until the mere mention of the word has me rolling my eyes in quite a Star~like manner, but if Every scripture inspired of God is also profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for instruction which is in righteousness: [2Tim.3:16] then shouldn't we at the very least investigate the matter further? And, as His dearly beloved children, shouldn't we want to do what is pleasing in His sight?
Hair is easy for me. I like my hair long. I've worn it long for most of my life ~ except for a few years after my twins were born & I had lots of young children & very little time for vanity of any sort. During those years I wore my hair very short indeed. My daughters are not so keen. Liddy has thick, heavy hair but has compromised by thining her hair & keeping it long enough to scoop up in a pony tail. Star wants shorter than short hair but has also compromised because I have refused point blank to consider shaving her head to the bone! I layered Star's hair according to her instructions & she is very happy with the result.
So what does the bible say? And having read what it says, does it mean what is says? ~ because I've had *cultural context* shoved down my throat ad infinitum also.
Hair is mentioned 64 times in the bible but only 15 times in the N.T ~ & of those 15 times only 2 are applicable & both of those are in the same Corinthians' passage. The Greek word used is Komao ~ from kome ~ meaning to wear tresses of hair & those tresses are given as a covering. By implication this means long hair because culturally [there's that word!] women's veils were a good deal longer back then than they are now!
Partly, I believe, is than God dislikes gender confusion & always draws clear distinctions between men & women. Hair is another aspect of that; Men = keep it short!; women ~ grow it long!
I have heard women tell me, over & over because the heart is deceitful above all things! how hair is a matter of the heart; that God looks on the heart; that it is our attitude that matters not the length of our hair ~ & these arguements sound convincing because hair is not a salvation issue. Nope, not at all. However, having had to deal with the covering issue myself, I would argue that how we see our hair & what we do about what the bible says is indicative of a fundamental heart issue because at the root of the whole discussion is a heart issue: a rebellious nature driven to have its own way or a heart of submission. We can argue till the cows come home that God looks on the heart ~ & so He does; not even an arguable point. But what does He see when He looks on our hearts? A heart submitted to Him even in the little things ~ or a heart prepared to disregard His very clear instructions? After He clearly says that if we love Him we will obey His commands?
One final thought. Hair is one of the easy things. Seriously. Loving my enemies? Now that's hard! I'd so much rather fire fell from heaven & obliterated them from the face of the earth. It's hard enough just loving the people I like. So what do you think?