For most of my life, when I had hair, it was cut at the barbers. Never liked it cut too short, and would have liked to wear it long, but it never happened. There is still a slight chance I could grow a pony tail, but there is a resounding ‘no’ from the resident fashion police.
One advantage of my thinning hair is that it is easy to have trimmed, and isn’t worth colouring!
Paul placed some fashion advice in scripture. It wasn’t quite instructions. He explained that he thought long hair was something that glorified God when worn by a woman, but not by a man. That was the impression he could see it making. What we project about our attitudes was his concern.
What Paul was looking to be projected was simple. It was godliness. god-like-ness. The gift of god-like-ness was given to the world in Jesus. It wasn’t expected, but boy did it work. While Paul was Saul he didn’t recognise god-like-ness in the church people – he saw it as a threat. Until it happened to him.
It is never achievable by styling, following fashion advice, or accident. It is a gift, received by grace. Wear it with style.