If you haven’t seen me in my new haircut, keep reading. I will make sure to post a picture. I have been in the military for nearly 9 years now. The craziest thing I have been able to do with my hair during that time is grow it out, un-touched, for a month (sometimes two) and let my facial hair grow wild in between drill weekends. I have grown fairly comfortable with my reserved, conservative, clean, non-rebellious, traditional hair.

So, why the mohawk off of a sudden? Well, for one, to celebrate being out of the military and free to do whatever I want with my hair now. But, as I was cutting it, I realized that there are a lot of underlying things here that have been an interesting and important process for me to think through and experience.

I would love to be able to say that I am not at all seeking attention with hair cut. I would hate to appear to be self-centered, attention-seeking and concerned about man’s acceptance over God’s (what my friends and I loving call the man-pleasing spirit). The truth is, though, that I am actually seeking attention. And, that’s the hard part for me. It’s not really the attention I want. I would rather be considered a brilliant theologian (I’ve got a way to go there), a respectable Elder, a mentor and leader in the church, a put-together young man, an experienced prayer counselor, a dignified teacher, or a mature husband and to-be father. But, this hair cut comes with certain assumptions that I have to be okay with. “Rebel”, “Wild”, “Immature”, “Unstable”, “Unintelligent”, “Crazy”, “Bold” (I like that one!), and “Insincere” are some of the terms that I could see easily being associated with this hair cut. Kind of crazy how many assumptions we can make about people based simply on their hair-style.

So, in fact, this hair cut thing is more of an attempt to kill the man-pleasing spirit than foster it.

Alas, I will have to cut the mohawk for my one last drill next month. Then… what? Anything I want to, that’s what!

Okay, decided against a picture. This called for something more… something greater… something entirely inappropriate and hilarious! Enjoy:


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About Nathan Banker

Nathan, Michelle and their two sons are occupational ministers in the Twin Cities. They do spiritual mentoring, a form of prayer ministry call Prayer Resolution and help run a small church-like community called Immerse. They dream of changing the world, one person at a time.

One response to “Mohawk”

  1. Kurt says :

    Good morning “Nate-the-Great
    I can appreciate the freedom represented in what your doing, wish I had that option! Off to see what I can do to support my candidates. Love Grandpa Kurt

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