Posted by: larry | October 4, 2005

Is My Brothers Ponytail Too Long


Dear Apostle Paul,

Would you elaborate on your “long hair” thoughts, and specify exactly how long a mans hair is when it disgraces him? We have a brother with a ponytail, is this acceptable, or do we wrestle him down and cut off the excess hair, or just disfellowship him?

Does not nature itself teach you that if a man wears long hair it is a disgrace for him,” (1 Cor. 11:14 ESV)

I realize this verse, by itself, is somewhat out of context, but it never ceases to amaze me how we can take this verse and condemn a man for wearing his hair too long when we don’t even know what “too long” means. There may be a simple answer for this, if so, it escapes me!

Since the Bible doesn’t specify the length of the hair when it becomes disgraceful for him, how do we determine whether a mans hair is appropriate, or too long? Some questions needing answers before we judge John Doe with his ponytail as being disgraceful:

1. Just how long does the hair have to be before its disgraceful not to get a haircut?

2. Since the Bible doesn’t mention a specific length as being “long hair,” who is the Hair Judge who knows exactly what is too long, and what is acceptable?

3. We may all agree that a mans hair is too long, but how much too long? If he clips a foot off his floor-sweeping hair is he now acceptable, if not, where should the barber stop so that he is no longer disgraceful?

4. Our opinions differ as to what is “long hair,” and what is acceptable to one person is completely out of whack with anothers view. Since we can’t agree, who determines how to treat this long-haired disgraceful person?

Just some hairy thoughts!

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