Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Can Kinky and Straight Walk Together Unless They Agree?




Can Kinky and Straight Walk Together Less They Agree?

Amos 3:3 “Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so?”

Hair is a funny thing. Of course, most familiar with my discourse regarding hair will reveal my terribly analogical way of framing life through its various evolutions. So for the sake of today’s blog I will keep it a little less analogical and a little more practical for living “The Scriptured Life”. The question is posed: Can kinky hair and straight hair dwell on the same head less they agree?

One of reasons many African-American women have difficulty going from a permanent, relaxed hair style to a more natural, less processed one is due to letting go of the growth they have. This is why the industry has termed something called “The Big Chop”. “The Big Chop” let’s go of the old hair in full expectation of the new hair growing in…well…different. Those who try to grow their hair out natural with relaxer still on the ends have a really difficult time staying natural. For the two states of hair are at odds, both physically and stylistically. Not only are the chances of your relaxed breaking off greater, but it just doesn’t look good. You see yourself as needing a relaxer rather than getting rid of one.

This is not a blanket observation I am making, but one I have witnessed played out in the lives of many in this predicament. It is understandable to revert back to the relaxer. That was all I knew until college. But when I got there, I had the support I needed to not hold on to length for the sake having length. I had to make a sacrifice for the look and the health of my hair.

The bottom line is this: If you decide to be natural with no relaxer, you will have to at least flat iron your hair for the look. If you decide to wear a natural look, you will let go of the relaxed ends sooner than later. My answer to our question is a simple NO! The styles cannot be rocked together unless they agree which way they are going! One has to reign. Natural or relaxed. Kinky or straight. God or other gods.

Such is our relationship with Our Lord Jesus Christ. We either serve Him as Lord or we don’t. The scripture can speak for the rest of this lesson. My encouragement for you is to not be afraid of “the big chops” in life. A friend, a job, a lifestyle can all be transformed by it! God bless you!

“Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: I will live with them and walk among them; and I will be their God, and they will be my people.”
2 Corinthians 6:14-16

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