For centuries, men of deep religious faith have been depicted with a full grown beard. For some this is a sign of their devotion to their beliefs, while for others it is a following of what they believe to be doctrine by their religion. Whatever the case may be when you paint a picture of a religious leader, most of the time he will be bearded.
According to Leviticus 19:27: “do not cut the hair at the sides of your head or clip off the edges of your beard.” This has led to several interpretations and debate over what is acceptable in a number of religions which follow the word of the Old Testament.
For most, a beard is nothing more than a symbol of his membership into his religion, although there are those who take their wearing of a beard very seriously. This has even led to legal debate in prisons, where the institution tries to put limits the length of beards, while prisoners attempt to exercise their religious freedom.
Most religious leaders, including Jesus, are depicted wearing full beards that are unkempt and messy. As deep as your spiritual belief may be, it is not necessary to keep yours in a similar fashion. Instead, you should try to fit in with societal norms to some extent by using a beard trimmer often and following these beard grooming tips:
- Invest in a beard trimmer. This is essential if you want to keep a beard that looks clean. You will be using a beard trimmer at least once a week, so this is a good investment to make.
- Make sure that you choose a suitable style. Our faces are all different, and so is the way our beards grow. Experiment by growing out a full beard first and then trimming it down until the style complements your face.
- The length is important. As already mentioned, there are some faiths who feel that a beard should be allowed to grow its own course. This is not practical for most people today except for the Amish. Instead, try to find a length that works with your style and life, while still paying homage to your religious beliefs.
- Treat your beard the same way as you treat your hair. Washing your beard as regularly as you wash your hair is critical. Consider the proximity of a beard to your mouth and now consider the possibility of food making its way into the hair. You will want to wash this at least daily to maintain a clean look.
This is in no way meant to criticize or dictate how you choose to express your faith. These are merely suggestions for how you could meld your religious beliefs with a modern society.
For some, the unruly beards that were worn by Jesus and other important religious figures depict a lifestyle of such spiritual intensity that there was simply no time to keep up with a growing beard. While this may be true, in today’s world it is more practical to take a few moments from your praying to keep your beard groomed.