Here is the definition of “beard” in the Bible Dictionary.

Something tells me this is not what the Bible Dictionary had in mind...

Beard.  Regarded by the Jews as of great importance (whereas Egyptians always shaved); the trimming of the corners was forbidden (Lev 19:26-28), such a practice being a mark of idolatry (Jer 41:5).  See also 1 Sam 21:13; 2 Sam. 10:4.  A leper was compelled to shave  (Lev 14:9).

Do you think current views about beards make us spiritual lepers?  Is it a sign of idolatry?