Monday, June 27, 2011

Why Women Should Have Long Hair

I was listening to Dr. Tony Evans the other day and he had a view of 1 Corinthians 11 that I thought was interesting. You recall that this passage talks about the relationship between men and women, but it gets off into this thing about long hair and short hair. I’ve heard some people say that Paul was dealing with the customs of his day so some of what he said might not have the same application today. I’ve never liked that idea because it opens the door for us to ask how much of the rest of the Bible doesn’t apply to us today.

Dr. Evans made the point that this dealing with the man being created before the woman. The woman was created to help the man. The woman is there to fill in the gap of what is missing in the man. Dr. Evans says that is why Paul gets off on hair. The man has short hair and often has a whole lot less of it, but the woman has long beautiful hair. She makes up for what the man lacks in looks. What the man lacks in other areas of life, if wife makes up.

It reminded me of a conversation I overheard at work. The man was talking about how busy he was at work, but then he said, “but because she isn’t working now, I don’t have to worry about anything at home. She takes care of all that. I can just turn off that part of my brain and focus on stuff here.”

I’m not saying that women shouldn’t work outside the home, but for many couples, the best thing the woman can do is to stay at home and take care of things there, so that the man can focus on those things that he must do to provide for his family. Looking at it from the perspective of someone who doesn’t have that, I can’t help but think how nice that must be for men who are able to turn all those concerns off and go to work with the knowledge that someone else is taking care of all of that.