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Pastor Says ‘No Weaves’ in His Congregation!

Can you believe the title of this post?  You think I’m making it up?  Trying to write a new hit Tyler Perry play?  Nope.  True story!  Now, evidently this story is old news, but I just heard about it so of course I have to give my two cents on the topic.  I know no other way!

According to an article shared via AmericaPreachers.com, Pastor A.J. Aamir founder of Resurrecting Faith in Waco, Texas,  told his leadership staff DO NOT wear weaves.  The pastor admits to being raised in the Muslim faith and his parents still practice Islam.  He says:

“Our black women are getting weaves trying to be something and someone they are not. Be real with yourself is all I’m saying.  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.  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.”

Well first off, this pastor seems extremely ignorant as to WHY long hair is important to (some) women and whats funny is there are scriptures that speak directly to this subject.  Maybe he is not familiar with Corinthians 11:1-16, specifically verse 15 “…if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For long hair is given to her as a covering.”  Or perhaps he isn’t aware of the Nazarites who, like Samson, vowed their lives to God including to never cut their hair (Judges 13:5).

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Again, I’m just assuming that he may be ignorant regarding the long hair scriptural references, but I’m just saying…THAT could be why people care.  Let’s just start there.  Secondly, what does the scripture say about judging people?  Because Pastor Aamir, you seem mighty judgmental right now.  Thirdly, with all the problems people face, why does the topic of weaves rank high enough in importance to even be discussed with your staff?  If the issue is financial prosperity, maybe you should focus more on money management education and the importance of tithing rather than whether or not women in your congregation wear or can afford to wear weave.  Fourth, what many people don’t realize is depending on your skill set weave may actually SAVE you money in the long run.  I don’t know about you but I grew up in the time when Black women had standing appointment at the salon, whether it was weekly or bi-weekly.  Add chemical services such as relaxers and color, regular trims, etc and you easily spend $300 in a matter of months whereas anybody who is spending the same amount on hair extensions should be able to re-install many times which ends up saving money.

I could go on and on about all that is wrong with him dispensing his personal opinions and  views to his staff and congregation, but the bottom line is opposition to weave has no business being a part of a pastor’s teaching in my opinion.  I can only hope that his small congregation of 22 members is getting guidance about all one billion things that are more important than hair, weave or no.  I doubt when we reach the pearly gates of Heaven, God will turn any of us away because we wore fake hair here on Earth.

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Ebony C. Princess About Ebony C. Princess

A self proclaimed hair enthusiast and healthy hair advocate, Ebony C, Princess is the chief editor of Longing 4 Length. She shares her personal journey towards growing long, healthy hair while providing hair care tips and information.

  • http://anointedheels.com Anointed Heels

    According to this preacher’s line of thinking he is gonna command me not to wear shoes! cause I spend a nice chunk of my money on shoes! It’s so sad how leaders waste their leadership position on nonsensical argument that doesn’t benefit the body!

    get off people hair, teach on tithing and biblical way to proper!
    pastor bye! have seat in the dentist office! eh well I can’t

    • http://www.longing4length.com/ EbonyCPrincess

      Hahahahaha! Good points!

  • Li

    All though I am not wearing wigs or Ever had worn a weave I must say I sick to death about men telling how I should look like and what to or. Or to do with my look. I will decide that my self. Ever since That creamy crack video came out I have been irritated about all this men telling us what we should do with our looks.
    I also find it strange that a pastor put guilt on people. Are you sure he is a real, officially trained priest? Why on earth is he even talking about money in a service? He seems like he has run out of real topic to talk about.

    • anonymous

      The Bible talks about money..does anyone read scripture. The parable of the talents discusses responsibility…it also says money answers all things. What kind of pastor would he be if he didn’t talk about money. I don’t think he should ban them but he should tall about financial responsibility.

      • http://lushstrands.blogspot.com/ lushstrands

        In what way did he speak about financial responsibility? A 26 year old mother wearing a $300 weave is not financially irresponsible if she can afford it. This is just about and control. He is ignorant.

        • http://www.longing4length.com/ EbonyCPrincess

          AGREED! Like I said above, there are a lot of things people “waste” their money on…why single out weaves? Is he always talking about men spending their money on those stupid video games and boxes as well?

      • http://www.longing4length.com/ EbonyCPrincess

        There are SO many things that people spend money on irresponsibly, that cost a heck of a lot more than some hair. Cars they can’t afford, clothes, vacations – if you are going to speak on financial responsibility and prosperity, great! Why single out weaves and to go so far as to forbid them?! Ridiculous!

  • http://courtnea2001.blogspot.com/ Courtnea2001

    I guess he also doesn’t know that African American women aren’t the only women who wear weaves. Many of my favorite caucasian beauty gurus wear clip ins, etc. Perhaps he should be worried about what’s in his head instead of what’s on his congregations’!

    • http://www.longing4length.com/ EbonyCPrincess

      Agreed!

  • http://www.growitgirl.com/ Grow It Girl

    Girl, I had a hard time getting through the post b/c I was ready to comment. No ma’am! I go to church to hear the word not a lecture about wearing weaving. What his congregation does with their money or hair is none of his business. I’m with you on creating money management classes. He has gone to far. s/n: That particular scripture is what has kept me from cutting my hair. No, seriously…keep reminding myself of it when I’m ready to pull out the clippers and go to work. He has me feeling some kind of way. smh

    • http://www.longing4length.com/ EbonyCPrincess

      Agreed. And its unfair to single out women with weaves regarding financial responsibility.

  • anonymous

    I normally don’t respond to blog posts but your interpretation of this scripture is totally off. The scripture refers to uncut natural hair. The natural hair is our glory not weave. Sampson’s hair has nothing to do with this scripture…In fact the scripture states should cut their hair.

    • anonymous

      It states men should cut their hair

      • http://www.longing4length.com/ EbonyCPrincess

        Three things:
        1) I’m glad you came out of lurkdome to comment, welcome! :-)
        2) I never said long weave was anyone’s glory, I simply used that scripture as a reference as to why long hair is important to some women.
        3) Sorry you are incorrect, Nazarites (which Sampson was) are NOT supposed to cut their hair, Google it.

  • Nosihle

    His reasons for discouraging weaves in his congregation are dumb, some congregations in South Africa don’t encourage human hair weaves because the hair is sacrificed in temples to Indian Gods and we take the same hair and put it on our “christian heads” Lol so its like we are covering ourselves with other peoples gods. so most ladies prefer to use synthetic hair instead. I still use human hair and feel guilty about it smh