Sunday, September 28, 2008

The Bald and the Beautiful


Physical appearance is a concern that is commonly designated to women. Yet in our increasingly superficial society, more and more men are feeling the pressure to measure up to the culture's standard of attractiveness. Since our theme this month is true beauty, we thought we'd examine some of the issues surrounding male pattern baldness . . . and see if perhaps the Bible might have anything to say about the subject. In honor of our brothers in Christ, who are more visual, we've decided to go with more images in order to demonstrate that bald is beautiful!

Fact: Adults lose about 100 scalp hairs each and every day.

Scripture Says: The very hairs on your head are all numbered. (Matthew 10:30; Luke 12:7)

Fact: Men begin losing their hair as early as age 20. Therefore, baldness is not a sign of age.

Scripture says: The glory of young men is their strength,but the splendor of old men is their gray hair. (Proverbs 20:29, emphasis added)


Fact: Baldness is commonly regarded by many as a sign of weakness and disgrace. For this reason it is often the cause of great psychological distress in men.

Scripture says: [Elisha] went up from there to Bethel, and while he was going up on the way, some small boys came out of the city and jeered at him, saying, "Go up, you baldhead! Go up, you baldhead!" And he turned around, and when he saw them, he cursed them in the name of the LORD. And two she-bears came out of the woods and tore forty-two of the boys. (2 Kings 2:23-24)"I bristle when I hear advertisements for hair growth. They make it sound like hair loss is the worst possible thing that could happen to you." ~Michael Chiklis, Actor

Fact: Most men are genetically predisposed to baldness. This is because baldness is caused by testosterone, the primary hormone responsible for both primary and secondary sex characteristics in men. (And I believe, just as long hair on a woman is a symbol of femininity, less hair on a man is a symbol of masculinity!)


Scripture says: For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man. For man is not from woman, but woman from man. Nor was man created for the woman, but woman for the man. For this reason the woman ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels. Nevertheless, neither is man independent of woman, nor woman independent of man, in the Lord. For as woman came from man, even so man also comes through woman; but all things are from God. Judge among yourselves. Is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered? 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. (1 Corinthians 11:3-15, emphasis added).

We here at Reformed SHEology want to encourage our brothers in Christ to not grow anxious over seeing more skin up top. In the spirit of 1 Corinthians 11, we encourage you to say it loud: I'm bald and I'm proud! The world wants so much for us to focus on the flesh. For women, it's usually our weight, for men, it's their hair. Let's encourage one another in brotherly (and sisterly) love by praising one another for the way we strive to look more and more like Christ every day.

The following video features an interview with Patrick Stewart, who began losing his hair at age 19. We hope this video will inspire men to have the right attitude about the way God has chosen for them to look:

5 comments:

Natasa said...

this is post for my husband... lol... he accepted his lack of hair but it took the time... greetings

Geraldine said...

What a testimony from Patrick Stewart!

Jennifer said...

You know what I think is interesting about that story in 2 Kings? Scripture specifies that it was two female bears that killed those boys. I wonder if that has any significance.

Michael said...

Wow, I've never heard this kind of take before. How reassuring is this post...and more importantly, how Biblical!

Not that I'm bald, but my dad is and I always wonder if I'm next. Recently I moved house and my mother gave me some household products as a gift, including shampoo. I noticed that it was 'hair retain' shampoo...but I'm a bit cynical on whether it would really work. I was thinking about this whole topic in the past few days, and yeah the reason that potential baldness would bother me is because of how women would perceive it (rather than any personal problem I'd have with it).

When I got about one third through this post, I thought of that passage from 2 Kings as well. There are some uh, entertaining renderings of this by certain dynamic equivalence translations that you may know of too...

On my blog I plan to write one day about women's opinion of combovers. Reading your post makes me want to write about it sooner :)

Jennifer said...

Michael, thank you so much for your comment. I am so blessed to know that you were encouraged by this post, as that is the mission of this blog.

I'm glad you dug up this post again after more than a year. I am thinking how interesting it is, looking at Patrick Stewart's interview again, that many women across the world consider him to be very attractive, and yet he was very under-confident for a long time because of his hair loss. It is such a shame how we place so much emphasis on physical appearance this way.

And yes, I think combovers are awful!!