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Sunday, February 4th, '18

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TRICHOTILLOMANIA

"So I...punched a few of them and knocked them around and pulled out their hair..." (Nehemiah 13:25 TLB)

 

These mini-messages sometimes serve as a vocabulary builder. Here is one I haven't used yet, trichotillomania. The spell-checker rejected it. It implies the abnormal compulsion to tear or pluck out the hair on one's head or it may be used for pulling out others' hair, which is of course, permissible in girl fights. I wouldn't expect Nehemiah to fight that way but he did. Picture the noble governor and re-builder of the temple with some guy in a headlock, smacking him in the nose while ripping out his hair. Such a fine example. Interesting that sheep fights have fewer rules than cat fights. Sure, Nehemiah was offended. Once he got through working them over, his part balded church members swore quickly to not give their daughters as wives to the Ashdodites any more. Hmm, I wasn't told about pulling hair in Pastoral Etiquette 101.

 

But the picking and nitpicking continues yet today. Saul throws his javelin at David. The high priest rips his garment from the collar down screaming, "Blasphemy! Blasphemy!" O.J. slaps Nicole around. The T-bird wasn't enough; some gal sues to get her ex's T-shirt too. Both dugouts clear and a brawl breaks out at the pitcher's mound, both hats and hair flying. A guy cuts the buffet line and a tussle ensues reminiscent of the shoot out at the O.K. Corral right there at the Golden Corral! It's the same old flesh. "Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these...wrath, strife...envyings, murders..." (Galatians 5:19-21) The trichotillo-syndrome is more widespread than you may think.

 

"I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that pluck off hair..." (Isaiah 50:6) The next time you get so mad you could pull somebody's hair remember that they plucked Jesus' beard like the feathers of a chicken. He became mankind's punching bag. Ooh, we don't want to revive that scene, do we? So tame the anger. Do like Paul said, "...put off all these; anger, wrath, malice..." (Colossians 3:8) "For the wrath of man works not the righteousness of God" (James 1:20) I can't imagine what satisfaction there would be in gripping a handful of hair anyway. It does grow back, you know. Cursing, nursing and rehearsing some old irritation only causes it to fester. Paul commanded, "Let not the sun go down on your wrath" (Ephesians 4:26). That means forgiveness by sundown. The creditor in the parable "took him by the throat" (Matthew 18:28). By the throat, by the hair, by the jacket lapels, it is all the same spirit. Let go the grip because God let go of all charges against you...and me. Nehemiah...I love ya buddy...but that goes for you as well.


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