Should Christians participate in certain trends?
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On Saturday, I had brunch with my intern (yes I have one of those 🙂 and she asked me if it was wrong for Christian women to wear purple hair. You might be thinking this is a weird question for an intern to ask, but our working relationship is quite comprehensive. She convinced me to write a blog post about our discussion because she felt my response was nothing she’s ever heard before.
Is it wrong for Christian Women to wear purple hair?
I’d like to think this question could either be answered with a simple “yes” or “no” but the truth is it cannot. To give you a historical background of her question, she told me that a minister in her church confronted a young lady about her purple wig, advising her that it wasn’t becoming of a Christian woman to wear purple hair. My intern felt his response/reaction was uncalled for, considering the woman wasn’t sinning or causing any problems in the church.
I think my intern has a point. But I’d also like to cut the minister some slack.I’m sure his intentions were pure, but his delivery was inappropriate.
In my opinion, there really isn’t anything wrong with wearing purple hair, or blue hair, or green hair. And it should definitely be tolerated if “fan looking” eyelashes, pounds of makeup, and 24 oz hair bundles are tolerated in the same church. People shouldn’t have the opportunity to pick and choose what trends to be infuriated about. If purple hair on Christians ruffles your feathers, so should artificial over-sized afros, and 100- inch long razor sharp nails, skin-tight clothing and anything else that causes attention to the person participating in the trend.
If we are to dig deeper into the things of God, we’d probably use more wisdom and discretion when participating in worldly trends. Our chief end should always be to glorify God. The moment we try to glorify ourselves is when we miss the mark. Purple hair is certainly a conversation starter. It can cause unwarranted attention to the person, and have people discuss everything but Jesus. So from a Christian standpoint, I could see why one would advise you to avoid it. Remember the scriptures call for us to be modest in all that we do:
I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling; likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire, but with what is proper for women who profess godliness—with good works. 1 Timothy 2: 8-10
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2
Part of the reason I don’t discuss modesty often is because it can become a slippery slope. All of the scriptures (and there are quite a few) that discuss modesty need a great deal of help from the Holy Spirit to understand. For example, the verses in 1 Timothy 2: 8-10 can appear to speak against hair braiding. So if you’re not using divine wisdom, you can easily step on quite a few [African women] toes when explaining it. The same with wearing expensive clothes. The Bible appears to speak against wearing costly apparel. Yet we never really hear anyone up in arms about wearing Gucci shoes, do we?
In the end, the final question will remain, “Does this glorify God or does it glorify me?”
Christians- sound off in the comments below. I’m really curious as to your thoughts. Lets have a discussion!