By Gabriel Bbuule
What you need to know:
Julie Pola is a Ugandan pastor who had her first child out of wedlock at 19. Being a servant of God, she chose to observe matrimony by marrying in Church. However, her choice of husband did not escape critics who found it hard to accept a man with shaggy hair.
“His head is purest gold; his hair is wavy and black as a raven,” is the scripture that came to my mind when I chose to marry a man with hair that is detested by religious fanatics and moralists.
I reminded myself that God chose Samson, a man with hair to slay a lion with his bare hands and fought an entire army of rebellious Philistines using only the jawbone of a donkey.
He is not a Nazirite like Samson but I am certain that he is a child of God like any other, and that gave me strength to face the naysayers and societal prejudice to find love in a man with dreadlocks.
It is quite challenging to get married to a man with dreadlocks in a society where people judge others depending on the way they look. In our society, people with dreadlocks are considered unserious, ghetto dwellers or substance abusers.
However, my opinion on men with hair has always been different even before I met my husband, Ronny Right. It is that love for men with hair that made me let my son’s hair grow long.
As a Christian, pastor and mother, I do not find any problem with people choosing to look the way they feel as long as they are in line with the Bible.
As a leader, I find it wrong for people, especially Christians to judge others basing on their appearance, which includes hair. When I asked him why he chose locks, he explained to me that besides feeling free with hair, locks are a part of the Nazarite vow, rooted in Leviticus which calls out against shaving the four corners of the head.
Judged by my own
At a time when I chose to present my would-be-husband to the people around me, I was judged, because many could not understand my preference for a man with dreadlocks.
However, I found solace in my close family members and friends who chose to support my decision. Click to read more..