1 Corinthians 11:13-16
13 Judge for yourselves: Is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered? 14 Does not the very nature of things teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a disgrace to him, 15 but that if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For long hair is given to her as a covering. 16 If anyone wants to be contentious about this, we have no other practice—nor do the churches of God.
Verse 16-- What exactly does this verse mean? I have an idea, but it won't come to me in words, so I thought I would ask here. Concerning long hair on man (just a note), my hair is long, and I learned a long time ago that God does not care if my hair is long or short. I have it long for two reasons;
1)By having it long, and I'm allowing the world to see Jesus in me, this, I hope, is telling people that God wants us as we are, that we do not have to change (because that is how I was raised to believe, men has to have short hair, dressed in suits all the time, drive nice cars, and live in nice houses, and women has to wear nice dresses all the time. All this in order to come to God).
2)I do not like the way I look with short hair. I remind myself of my dad when I have short hair and I do not want to be like him, whether in looks or actions. I love my dad, but I do not want to be like him. Plus, I just like it long.
Ok, that is my defense of having my hair long. But what I do want to know from this verse, what exactly does "contentious" mean in reference to this verse?