Thursday, June 19, 2008

Hairs of the Throne

Hair is symbolic as much as anything else in movement ministry. There are various opinions concerning what is the "proper" way for a dancer to wear his or her hair. While safety is an issue to consider and ministry unity may be a factor, the "hairy" situation should be based upon understanding the Word of the Lord. There is much greater liberty when we look at things from the Father's viewpoint instead of haggling over the little details.

In the Scriptures, hairstyles were at times indicative of vows to the Lord. Samson was under the Nazarite vow, which prevented him from cutting his hair or shaving his head. In other instances, a shaved or bald head represented a clean person (for men). Long hair for women is considered glorious. A head full of hair denotes safety and protection from harm. Also, different colors of hair are mentioned (gray, white, black, yellow, etc). When we understand what the hair represents in our movement pieces, this will make make for a more vivid and truthful visual experience.

This is not to suggest that we incorporate wigs and hairpieces as a rule. When we are led by the Lord concerning all of or ways, then we lave less room for error. All things with God are purposeful. After all, He knows the number of hairs on each of our heads (this means that He cares enough for us for it to matter)...

1 Samuel 14:45 (NKJV)
But the people said to Saul, “Shall Jonathan die, who has accomplished this great deliverance in Israel? Certainly not! As the LORD lives, not one hair of his head shall fall to the ground, for he has worked with God this day.” So the people rescued Jonathan, and he did not die.

Proverbs 16:31 (NKJV)
The silver-haired head is a crown of glory, if it is found in the way of righteousness.

Song of Solomon 7:5 (NKJV)
Your head crowns you like Mount Carmel, and the hair of your head is like purple; A king is held captive by your tresses.

Ezekiel 44:20 (NKJV)
“They shall neither shave their heads, nor let their hair grow long, but they shall keep their hair well trimmed.

Acts 18:18 (NKJV)
[Paul Returns to Antioch] So Paul still remained a good while. Then he took leave of the brethren and sailed for Syria, and Priscilla and Aquila were with him. He had his hair cut off at Cenchrea, for he had taken a vow.

1 Corinthians 11:14-15 (NKJV)
Does not even nature itself teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a dishonor to him? But if a woman has long hair, it is a glory to her; for her hair is given to her for a covering.

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