WRITER Tom Wilson thinks that schools should not have rules regarding their male students’ hair (Jesus had long hair, Coastal Times, August 17).
Short hair on men did not come about “by accident” in World War I. Ever looked at old photographs and art: most American presidents, many British kings, Oliver Cromwell (there is a reason why his followers were called the “Roundheads”), the Romans – male short hair has existed throughout history.
Long hair on men has come and gone through the centuries and it was rebels who brought it back in the mid-1900s.
Mr Wilson also alleges that there are no rules about girls’ hair; if this is so, it is unfair and wrong.
The school in question claims to be Baptist; therefore it must obey the Bible, which states in 1 Corinthians 11:14-15 that “if a man have long hair, it is a shame upon him…But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her”.
This brings me to Mr Wilson’s last point: that Jesus had long hair because religious art tends to portray Him so. The problem here is that countless people have confused “Nazarite” with “Nazarene”.
The Nazarites were Jews in the Old Testament who took a God-given vow to live in an unusual, sanctified way.
One of the things that set them apart was not cutting their hair.
Jesus was not a Nazarite but a Nazarene, which is simply a person from the city of Nazareth.
God’s plan is for men to have short hair and women to have long hair and Jesus in the flesh did not have long hair.
SARAH MEREDITH, Falcon.