Author: <span class="vcard">cadvandes</span>

It is rare to find a picture of Jesus or his disciples without long hair and even longer beards. In TV and movies, the actor portraying Jesus is always slightly feminine in nature, but with that iconic beard and general unkempt look. With no real pictures to satisfy our curiosity for what Jesus really did look like, we are left to the imagination of Hollywood screen writers.

Even as you read the scriptures, you will find few references to the way in which Jesus looked. We can make assumptions though, based on facts we know of his time on earth. For one thing, he followed the law of his father, and would not have allowed his hair to grow long. “Does not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame to him?” That alone goes completely against what modern man has in mind when they picture Jesus.

We also know that Jesus was a carpenter, and without the benefit of electric hand tools, likely had great upper body strength. So why on earth now is he shown as being a man who is only two steps away from dying of starvation?

What About the Beard?

While scripture does indeed point to a short haired Jesus with the body of a strong man, it also leads us to believe that a beard did adorn his cheeks and chin. “I give my back to those who strike, and my cheeks to those who pull out the beard, I hid not my face from disgrace and spitting.” Plus, since God gave the ability to grow a beard to man, but not women, than it is hard to argue that there was not good reason.

Jesus was a religious man, who would have followed the accepted rules for his time. That included not putting a razor to the face in order to make it clean.

What Should That Tell Us for Today’s Man?

Christian men should not be clean shaven if they are following the word of the bible. Their hair should be cut short, but not their beards. Yes, it is alright to get beard grooming tips to make it a more acceptable look in today’s society but the lower face should be covered.

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Embrace the life and body that was gifted to you, by following the words of God and Christ to the letter. As Christians, we need to be better banded together, and growing beards is a great showing of solidarity in this world we live in today.

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Marriage is still a Christian holy sacrament. A promise that is made to God that you are going to love this person unconditionally for the rest of your days. That you will cherish and honor them as your spouse and forsake any others. This seems to be a hard concept for the world to understand and respect, as the number of divorces clearly shows.

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One of the reasons for this I believe is the straying from the traditional Christian wedding service. Without the presence of God at the beginning of your life together, what kind of hope do you have? A Christian wedding service serves as a strong base for a marriage to weather any storm.

What Constitutes a Christian Wedding Ceremony?

There is no outline in the Bible that tells us the right way to get married, yet over the years we have adopted traditions as Christians that better exemplify our faith. At the heart is a ceremony that should express worship of God as well as a sense of community, respect, dignity and of course love. A wedding ceremony should be used as testimony to the sanctity of your union and demonstrate your strength as a Christian couple.

While certain elements may be altered, there are some that I insist on in order for me to feel good about calling it a Christian union:

  • The bride should be white. This is a symbol of her purity of mind, heart and body and an important tradition to follow.
  • Seating of any parents and grandparents is also a part of the ceremony. This displays a respect for those who have helped bring the bride and groom to this day.
  • The bride must be given away. This seems old fashioned to some, but for me the groom must understand that this woman is a gift that must be treasure.
  • Lighting of the Unity candle is more important then the exchange of rings. The first act of working together as a married couple helps to build their strength.
  • A traditional wedding mass is one where there are biblical readings, a sermon and song just like Sunday mass.

Eliminating Distractions

On this day, all eyes should be on the bride and groom, who should only be interested in one another. Big party plans and worries about details often distract the couple from their own wedding. I always suggest that the extra planning be done with consummate professionals who will allow the couple and guests to enjoy the day seamlessly. Wedding pictures should be shot by a Calgary wedding photographer who has a solid reputation for being self sufficient. Too many

The same is true for any catering and entertainment that is planned for the reception. All of the details should be carefully gone over the day before the wedding, in order for the bride and groom to be able to just sit back and enjoy the day of.

When you focus on the meaning of the day, and the responsibility you have undertaken, the vows you exchange will have a more significant meaning. Make the wedding the holy sacrament it was meant to be, and the marriage will be off to the best possible start.…

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