This morning, it was widely reported that a Texas pastor vociferously decried the wearing of “weave,” or hair extensions in his congregation.
Ordinarily, I would not weigh in on such a trivial topic (other than Facebook or Twitter comments) but I feel compelled to say something; and here it is:
First of all, the standard of western “beauty” is so skewed by the media (television, movies, music videos) that it has become a bad joke. Long hair or short, doesn’t matter. What matters is the condition of the heart of a woman; how she feels about herself.
I have known many women in my lives who would barely elicit a blip on the American beauty radar and, yet, their confidence and spiritual-centeredness made them incredibly attractive.
But I digress.
The greater issue here is whether or not it is the pastor’s business to determine what or what is not an acceptable hairstyle. Moreover, the pastor also cited a young woman in “financial difficulty” who had a “$300 weave hairdo.”
I would say this pastor has gone from preaching to meddling!
I’d wager this $300 hairdo would be less of an issue if the woman were a “faithful tither” on a $100,000 income. I’d further venture to guess that this publicity will do nothing for membership, either.
Here’s the deal, as pastors, it is our responsibility to preach the uncompromised Word of God and to love and care for the people whom God has entrusted us with. If we are faithful to do these things, letting the Word do the work, we’ll see people’s lives changed – including the areas of stewardship and appearance.
Last time I checked, there’s a lot of Scripture that covers soul-winning, stewardship, and godly conduct – and nothing about weave. We should disciple saints based on the standard of Christ – who looks upon the heart and not appearance – and not based on what we think a person looks like or how we think he or she spends their money.
I think we ought to stick to the weightier matters…
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