Pastor Tells Female Staff Not To Wear Weave To Church

Aug 19, 2013

By NewsOne Staff
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Pastor A.J. Aamir of Resurrecting Faith in Waco, Texas believes if it didn’t grow from your scalp, it doesn’t belong there.

Aamir told American Preachers that he instructed his female staff to stop wearing weave because “our black women are getting weaves trying to be something and someone they are not. Be real with yourself is all I’m saying.”

Yep, he said it: Grow what the Savior gave ya and leave Black Beauty alone! He also admits that he cannot legally ban weaves, but still does not approve of them.

“Long hair don’t care. What kind of mess is that? I don’t want my members so focused on what’s on their heads and not In their heads” he said. “I lead a church where our members are struggling financially. I mean really struggling. “Yet, a 26 year old mother in my church has a $300 weave on her head. No. I will not be quiet about this.”

But should he?

Veronica Wells at Madame Noire thinks Aamir should stick to preaching the Gospel and keep his hair tips to himself writing, “wearing weaves doesn’t equate low self-esteem or a person’s mind is inherently shallow or lacks substance, no more than it means a woman who wears her own hair or is natural is somehow enlightened.”

Over at Clutch Magazine, they had this to say: “While I sympathize with his concern about his parishioners’ financial struggles, I wonder if the good pastor is equally outspoken on truly important issues like safe sex, education, HIV testing, and political involvement.”

After taking a look a several online forums and comments sections of Black news sites, it seems like this topis is evoking a lot of emotional responses. I guess the pastor has forgotten one of the main rules in the Black community: Don’t talk smack about a Sistah’s hair!

Well, let us know what you think of the pastor’s weave sermon.

Was The Pastor Wrong For Suggesting A Weave Ban?
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5 thoughts on “Pastor Tells Female Staff Not To Wear Weave To Church

    1. The church that I attended as a child focused on how members dressed and how we looked at church and I thought that it was plain stupid. The “Bible” says to come as you are, so I don’t understand why looks was always up for discussion. Women were not allowed to wear pants! Once, the pastor told the Women of the church not to cut their hair because the Bible said not to. I agree, there are far more important things to focus on besides appearance, this is going way to far!

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      1. The Bible has been interpreted and quoted in many different ways, and many leaders- pastors, preachers etc do take things a bit far far in my opinion. I think ‘come as you are’ has almost nothing to do with physical appearance but what’s inside of us.

        It happens that people judge others by their physical appearance and I think if you don’t have your religion written on your forehead, you will be judged by the way you look. Therefore, traditional type churches try to encourage their congregation to look like “Christians” to separate them from non believers (though the mind can be evil and filthy), but just look like a Christian and you are fine.

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  1. The fact that he used the “long hair don’t care” quote is hysterical but I don’t agree with the banning. Yes – some members I’m sure are struggling, but as a woman sometimes confidence comes from wigs and weaves and sometimes the simplest things such as mascara. Maybe it’s vanity but if it makes a woman feel better about herself and if it boost her moral … go for it! At the end of the day church cannot teach a person what things in life are wants vs. need – that depends upon each individual person.

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    1. While it is true that some women are willing to sacrifice important responsibilities (bills, rent, food, clothing, etc.) for an expensive hair style, banning women in the church from wearing hair weaves is ridiculous. This solution will not change the true issue at hand. If someone is buying hair weave instead of food and clothes for their children, then there is a serious mental issue and maybe the Pastor should try getting to the root of the problem. Reckless spending behavior such as buying a $300 hair style in an impoverished community is very alarming and very real. However, there are other ways for the Pastor to address his concerns regarding irresponsibility.

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