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).
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.