Post disclaimer: I did not write this to argue with anyone that has a different point of view on this topic, but just to explain to anyone that wonders why I believe the way I do. If you don’t agree with what I have to say, please stay polite. Thanks! 🙂
I am Apostolic Pentecostal and grew up in this faith. Being “different” than my classmates in public school was completely normal to me. One of the big differences was I didn’t cut my hair and never had. I remember when they did the routine head lice checks and went from kid to kid checking heads of hair for those creepy crawlers (anyone’s head itching? :)), when they got to me EVERY eye in the class watched. My hair was “SO LONG” and they couldn’t get over it. Always the questions came. “Have you ever cut your hair?” “Not ever??” “But you trim it right?” “Not even the split ends?” “Well why don’t you cut it??”
I am going to attempt to explain the basics of why here.
But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering. (1 Corinthians 11:15 KJV)
This verse is the foundation for my belief. Long hair is a glory for a women – it is her covering. So does that mean I HAVE to have long hair just because it is my glory?
But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven.
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 Corinthians 11:5-6 KJV)
Reading in scriptures earlier in the chapter it says it is a SHAME for a women to be shorn or shaven. We all know what shaven means – OK – so I just don’t need to be shaving my hair off and it needs to stay long, but no trimming? If I have trimmed hair but it’s down to my waist – that is long, right? How can we say what is long? I have friends that have hair down to their ankles and so, by their standard, my hair is almost short – (below my bottom) – and my mother-in-law doesn’t stand a chance as a black women with below the shoulder-length-hair. What is the common denominator though? All UNCUT and untrimmed. Long in the eyes of God because it’s the length He’s allowed it to grow to without editing from us.
Another thing I look at when I read these scriptures is the word shorn – dictionary after dictionary defines shorn or shearing as cutting or clipping hair, fleece, or wool. It doesn’t say how much is cut off but just that it is cut. How do you trim hair? By cutting it. It might be just a little bit, but this doesn’t matter, it is still cut.
God calls us to be separate – He inspired men to write direction and instruction to His churches. Some say God just looks on the heart and we shouldn’t worry about the outside. But He says that man looks on the outside – I don’t believe it’s to judge, but that we might draw people to Him. Why are you so different? Why don’t you cut your hair? Why do you dress modestly? His spirit shines through us in the peace and joy we have, but also through how we choose to live. This is why my hair stays uncut. 🙂
Any questions or comments? I would love to hear your feedback!