Fashionistas for Jesus

An Instagram account called PreachersNSneakers is is noticing how many hip Evangelical pastors are into expensive shoes:

There are dozens more on his page.

The account is brutal but the owner is willing to admit some nuance:

As somebody that has given money to my local church, personally I would be a little irritated if I saw the pastor step out in some fresh Yeezys. I would at least ask the question.

The rebuttal to that is ‘Well, these megachurch guys are doing major book sales or doing speaking tours,’ which is valid. I don’t fault any of them for making a lot of money. But I do think that you’re held to a different standard if you are leading a church that people are contributing money to and investing some amount of their trust in you to lead them spiritually. That’s a pretty heavy calling. I think you at least need to be aware of the optics of the things that you’re wearing.

My (charitable) guess is these guys hire professional clothes shoppers and it is all charged to an expense account; not a sign of moral depravity as much as moral obtuseness. Obviously I prefer the good old days of shabby black suits.

 

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20 comments

  1. I’ve never understood this fashion of adults wearing tennis shoes for non-sports activities.

    1. I cringe every time I see a grown man in skinny jeans and sneakers.

    2. They are comfortable. My whole life is activity and I wouldn’t wear anything else. I suppose if you’re just lounging around a posh house all day you can just wear slippers then pop your trainers on for a spot of afternoon tennis.

      1. 😛 People have no idea the what the upkeep work is on a posh house!

      2. In that case, you should invest in some comfortable trainers.

  2. I can’t tell one brand of sneakers from another. I’ve got no idea how much the preacher’s outfit costs unless one of my daughters tells me. While I understand the criticism about stewardship of God’s money, I don’t think it’s my job to tell anyone (including the pastor) how to spend his money.

    1. Really? I think a proper Christian would be slightly more in touch with the story of Jesus and the example of humble living both he and all his close followers gave. Even if you’re afraid that your god won’t feed you if you give up all your possessions (I’m sure that’s a sin to not trust him though), it’s a step beyond to spend such extravagant amounts on fancy footwear. You seem as out of touch with the Christian Bible as the preacher in the disgustingly expensive shoes.

      1. Jesus was cool when a chick dumped a bottle of perfume on his feet that was worth a year’s wages.

      2. Oh right, fair enough. You should ignore the rest of the words in the new testament then. We call this ‘cherry picking’. It means you ignored the tree of words and picked the one cherry that suits your lifestyle. It’s rife in Christianity so you’re in good company.

      3. Oh right, fair enough.
        Show me the words in the New Testament that tells me how much I can spend on shoes.

      4. I haven’t seen anything that specific about shoes. So maybe you’re right, part of Jesus’s message was that Christians should be self-indulgent when it comes to items of clothing. All those explicit instructions about selling your possessions were probably put there by the devil.

      5. Please review your previous lecture about “cherry picking”.

      6. All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need. (Acts 4:32-35)

        Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. (Mark 10:21)

        No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money. (Matthew 6:24)

        Now, where’s that verse you read about indulging in expensive clothing? What’s that? You can’t even cherry pick to back that up? Because in reality being prepared for death is no comparison to hoarding money and indulging in unnecessarily expensive clothes.

        Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming on you. Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days. Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty.  You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. (James 5:1-4)

      7. As I said earlier, I don’t think it’s my job to tell other people how to spend their money. Apparently you believe it’s yours.

      8. I know, difficult to engage with the content of the discussion when you have no actual biblical content that would support you.

        It’s not our job to comment on this post, yet here we are with our opinions….

      9. Yep. Both of our opinions are right.

      10. Avoid awkward new testament quotes at all costs! Lalalalala (fingers in ears) love my fancy trainers lalalalala.

    2. His money or the church’s money? The distinction isn’t always clear.

      1. I guess it’s all “His money” in a manner of speaking. I understand your point though.

        After the money is in the plate, it’s not “my money” anymore. It is now, officially, “the church’s money”. It’s my responsibility to research an organization before I contribute money to it. When I am convicted that the church is mishandling funds, I stop giving the church funds.

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