We are fascinated with the tall and handsome. It’s both Biblical and historical. I’ll show you both.
We are so quickly putting oil on the tall guy’s head.
Please don’t be offended by this blog.
This is not a knock against the vertically challenged or a indictment against tall people; it is a challenge to be God like and to shun being fascinated by the outward. Someone may be short in stature but huge in heart and someone can be tall in stature and small in heart. The outward is not the indication of what is happening on the inward. God sees much different than we see.
I’ll show you what I mean.
Saul is mentioned in the Bible for the first time in I Samuel 9:2.
2 He had a son whose name was Saul, a choice and handsome man, and there was not a more handsome person than he among the sons of Israel; from his shoulders and up he was taller than any of the people.
And he will soon be Israel’s first king and everything is wrong about him being king from the get go. It was never God’s intention but man’s invention.
And to add insult to injury the Bible speaks to him being captivating on the outward and nothing about his insides.
Man has a fascination with looks, appearance and the outward. Image means everything to man.
Where God looks at the heart, man still looks at the outward appearance.(I Samuel 16:7)
And there is something about TALL that fascinates mankind. This was Saul’s inroad to royalty, a tall guy. How insane is that?
Nothing in this verse about this man Saul speaks to his character, everything was outward….tall and handsome. And we still choose leaders today according to height and looks and image.
I read about this fascination with the tall some years ago in Malcolm Gladwell’s book “BLINK”. Gladwell does out of the ordinary research and one of those was on TALL CEO’S. Sounds rather Saul-ish and Biblical to me.
The average male is 5 foot 9 in. The average CEO in America is about 6 ft tall. That means he has 3 inches on the average male.
In the US population 14.5% of all men are 6 ft and taller
Among the CEOs of fortune 500 companies that number is 58%
Even more striking in the general American population 3.9% of adult men are 6 ft 2 in and taller. Almost a third of CEOs are 6’2” and taller
Of the tens of millions of American men below 5’6” a grand total of 10 have reached the CEO level that says that being short is more of a handicap than being black or a woman.
An inch is worth an extra $789 a year in salary
That means that a person who is 6 ft tall and a 5’5” person will make on average $5525 more a year than the shorter man
If you take this over a 30 year career a tall person makes hundreds of thousands of dollars more than the short guy
This was from Malcolm Gladwell’s book “BLINK” in the chapter entitled “The Warren Harding Error”
He was 6 feet tall President. His speeches were not very good but he was tall…so who cares.
His speeches were once described as “an army of pompous phrases moving over the landscape in search of an idea”
Here is what we need to remember….MAN LOOKS OUTWARD , GOD LOOKS AT THE HEART. Our pursuit as Christians is to be “imitators of God” (Eph 5:1).
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.
(1 Samuel 16:7 )
Even on the search for the next king to succeed Saul, Samuel the prophet got enamored with “the tall guy” Eliab in I Samuel 16 until an audible voice HAD TO SPEAK TO HIM and say…..SNAP OUT OF IT! Samuel was about to choose what God rejected because of height and not character. God was prepping David and the legitimate prophet was blowing it until God stepped in. Oil would have been on the tall guy’s head again.
Suits, cars, success, large congregations, speaking gift, dress, etc. can all make us promote men in Saulish ways. Stay on track and ask to see like God, from the inside out.