What’s going on with eyebrows? I chuckle to myself.
I grew up in the ’60s when eyebrows were drawn on. At that time, even platinum blonds had perfect brown brows.
In the ’70s, eyebrows were all over the place. Actually, they were still on women’s faces, but they were everything from wire-thin to tadpole to the unibrow. Brows weren’t the thing; hair was. All those gorgeous girls with poofs and wings and layers had whichever brows they preferred, though most started just above the inside corners of one’s eyes.
Around the year 2000, eyebrows got mega cleaned up—even for men. I think Japanese men started the trend, but metrosexuals like David Beckham made it look cool to be groomed. All of a sudden, crazy brows were nowhere to be seen. No one had anything sprouting above his nose.
Since around five years ago, it seems like the Middle East has dictated brow fashion. Brows are once again drawn, tattoed, and perfect—and they are so close to the bridge of the nose that some approximate unibrows. They curve downwards at the outsides for the first time since Harlow and Hayworth. Semi-circle brows and full, flat angry ones are the all the rage. Pun intended.
What next, you ask? My prophecy is that the inevitable will happen. It always does in fashion. We’ll soon be back to thin lines and tadpoles. Every forty years, fashion comes around to what it was—maybe slightly different—and makeup does the same. If you don’t believe me, notice that all the CNN ladies have been wearing flesh-colored lipstick since January. 1980 has returned.
The same thing happens in Bible-believing circles. These cycles also take something like forty years. The battles—unfortunately, there is always a religious battle—come around again. What was fashionable to argue back when I was in college has become fashionable again, only this time with a slightly different result. Like eyebrows.
Doctrine is important, don’t get me wrong. The Apostle Paul admonished Timothy, Give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee (1 Timothy 4:13b, 16).
I’m talking about infighting about preferences, interpretations, and contending about issues that didn’t even exist in the New Testament.
Years ago, a person who attended our church was open with the pastor (my husband) that he held a different view about future events in Scripture. My husband replied, “We are fine with you if you are fine with us.” A fight wasn’t necessary. My husband could have debated his position on prophecy until he was blue in the face, and it wouldn’t have helped. This person was decided on his own interpretation. No fight was necessary. Keeping the unity in the faith is more important than our positions.
As Christians, our purpose on earth is clear: That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 15:6).
When we seek for unity instead of divisiveness, when we seek to get along, even when we don’t dot our i’s and cross our t’s in the same way, we have more of the mind of Christ.
Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel (Philippians 1:27).
Yes, doctrine is important. We should stand without apology for the foundational doctrines. But, the unity of Christians of the same mind and striving together will go a lot further in spreading the gospel than backstabbing and infighting.
What does this have to do with eyebrows? Fashions come and go. The whole eyebrow thing is silly. Battling over religious issues that make little difference is also silly. Those battles come and go.
Wear your eyebrows as you wish.
In biblical practice, be strong on doctrine and non-contentious about the small stuff.
Strive for unity in the Spirit.
And, in my opinion, you can forget the unibrow.