Long hair and a skirt…
She has long hair and a skirt . What religion is she? What religion are you?
That is probably the most frequently noted thing about me. So let me explain:
Most days you’ll find me in a skirt and if you see my hair down you will note that it is extremely long, and uncut… so of course, it is what I am asked about most often and that is a good thing. Below I’ll try to give a brief explanation of what I believe and why I have long hair and a skirt .
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Honestly, most days, you wouldn’t notice I was dressed “differently” and unless you see my hair down you would never notice it has grown well below my knees. If you see me everyday, you will eventually notice that you never see me in pants unless I’m working on the farm. You will also eventually see me with my hair down. When you do, you’ll want to know why and I promise, it’s ok to ask, I don’t bite. I’m happy to explain my long hair and a skirt .
I hold myself to a set of Biblical standards that call for uncut hair and modest attire.
Uncut hair: “13Judge for yourselves. Is it right for a woman to pray to God in public without covering her head? 14Isn’t it obvious that it’s disgraceful for a man to have long hair? 15And isn’t long hair a woman’s pride and joy? For it has been given to her as a covering. 16But if anyone wants to argue about this, I simply say that we have no other custom than this, and neither do God’s other churches.” 1 Corinthians 11: 13-16
Modest/Feminine Attire: “9And I want women to be modest in their appearance.a They should wear decent and appropriate clothing and not draw attention to themselves by the way they fix their hair or by wearing gold or pearls or expensive clothes. 10For women who claim to be devoted to God should make themselves attractive by the good things they do.”
Why would I subject myself to such “standards”? Why would I let my church tell me what to wear and how to grow my hair? Well to be honest- I don’t. Simple as that.
Long before we started attending our current church, I believed what I believe now. I already had long hair and a skirt
Does my church teach women to wear long hair and a skirt ? Absolutely! Do they teach that you are going to hell, or less of a Christian if you don’t have long hair and a skirt ? NOT AT ALL! The standards are there to set us apart from the rest of the world, a knowledge that we are “set-apart” unto the Lord, not because they are a requirement of salvation.
Salvation comes through the grace of God, not works.
But why? Because the world has gone mad, because I sometimes need a reminder for myself that I belong to God, because it helps me behave in public. 😉 J/K; kinda!
long hair and a skirt :
I have no real reason, I just do; because in my heart that is where I am and that is what I believe God has asked of me. Again, I don’t think it is “required”, nor do I judge anyone who believes differently. I do not think they are “sinning” or doing wrong. Just like some don’t eat pork, because of personal conviction, I choose to wear skirts and have uncut hair because of my personal conviction.
Personal Conviction: “12Yes, each of us will give a personal account to God. 13So let’s stop condemning each other. Decide instead to live in such a way that you will not cause another believer to stumble and fall.14I know and am convinced on the authority of the Lord Jesus that no food, in and of itself, is wrong to eat. But if someone believes it is wrong, then for that person it is wrong” Romans 14:12-14
So what is your religion?? Does your church dictate long hair and a skirt ?
I am often ask, “So what’s your religion”?, simply because of my looks. The answer isn’t always as simple as it would seem. We are Christians, we believe what the Bible teaches. We strive to live by the standards set forth for us in the Bible. We fail daily, but we repent and try again.
However, our religion: well, that is constantly changing, as we pray, study, and follow God.
Religion is by definition: “a particular system of faith and worship.”
As we grow in faith, that “particular system of faith and worship” often grows and changes with us.
But I know what people mean when they ask; so to answer the question of “What’s your religion?” ….
The doctrine that we most closely align with is Pentecostal, more specifically Oneness Apostolic.
What are the Oneness Apostolic beliefs?
- We believe that everything we need to live by and believe for salvation is found in the Bible. As such, we believe the following:
- We believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God and our guidebook for living. It gives us a true history of the creation of the heavens, the earth, and of mankind. It tells us, correctly, of events to come regarding the heavens, earth, and the destiny of man. There is no salvation outside of that which is contained in its pages.
- We believe in the great commission and are endeavoring to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with love, mercy and compassion.
- We believe there is only one God (Deuteronomy 6:4; Mark 12:29). He is the creator of heaven and earth, and of all living beings. He has revealed Himself to humanity as the Father (Creator), as the Son (Savior), and as the Holy Ghost (indwelling Spirit in the church today).
- We believe that the gospel, the good news of salvation for a lost mankind, is shown in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus the Christ.
- We believe that all must die out to their sin by repenting and turning away from those things that are against God’s word.
- We believe in water baptism by immersion in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the remission of sin. Through baptism we identify with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ Romans 6:3-6; Colossians 2:11-14; Acts 2:38.
- We believe in the Baptism of the Holy Spirit with the initial sign of speaking in other tongues. Acts 2:4
- We believe that following conversion one must walk worthy as a child of God. Eph. 4:1-7; Deut. 28:9
- We believe in the manifestation of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. He ministers to His people through tongues, interpretation of tongues, prophecy; words of knowledge and wisdom, discerning of spirits, faith, working of miracles, healing, helps and government. Mark 16:15-18; Acts 5:16; 2 Corinthians 12:1-11
- We believe that there are fruits of the spirit that a Christian should endeavor to produce, Love Joy, Peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance. Gal.5:22-23
Here is a GREAT book, by my dear friend, Kimberly Eady, that chronicles her journey into the Apostolic Doctrine. 🙂
So there you have it, long hair and a skirt.
Leave me a comment on this post, tell me something unique about your beliefs. They don’t have to agree with mine or even be Christian; I just love learning about the beliefs of others and getting to know my audience. 🙂 So feel free to share your uniqueness below. 😉 Until next time…
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