Feel free now to groom your facial hair anyway you like Rich. I have a neighbor/friend down the street who is in agriculture and outside pretty much every day. He is allergic to the sun, so he wears wide brimmed sombrero type hats along with long sleeve cotton shirts, wrap around sunglasses and annually grows a protective beard which he never fails to apologize for every time we meet. Come fall and winter he's clean shaven until the frost is out of the ground again, and regrows his natural bushy sunscreens for additional protection. Regardless of his medical condition, he is ALWAYS apologetic for NOT being clean shaven. I feel sorry for him, thinking that he has to be clean shaven to be accepted by the other members around here.
When I was going to bible college I played an electric guitar, rode a motorcycle & wore blue suede shoes. I've always tried to live my life without conforming to the mandates of men. The one thing I was not able to have any freedom with in my bible college years was the hair standard. Sideburns were not allowed. Long hair was not allowed.
During college, when I was living in a dorm, I was called into the head of the dorm's office one day. He informed me that he was kicking my roommate out of the dorm because his sideburns were below the bottom of his ears and the guy refused to cut them. Then he asked me:
"What do you think about that, Rich?"
"If it were up to me I would preach the gospel & let the church members determine the exact length of their hair."
I was then told to move out of the dorm. As I was leaving the man bore his testimony:
"If the pastor asked me to wear green plaid pants & only green plaid pants I would do so without question."
That was when I knew I was in a cult.
I left the church over that saying and a phone call I received from the pastor in question. The man started the conversation with the words:
"What is your problem."
The last church I ministered in allowed me to have long hair, sideburns, play the electric guitar through a Mesa amplifier stack, right on stage, in front of everybody.
Hey, I grew up in the 60s. I like the long hair look.
Thanks for the encouragement.