In the ever-growing field of personal opinion, people have certain expectations … whether reasonable or unreasonable. And this can even apply to what an individual thinks a preacher should like.
An individual once explained to me that preachers shouldn’t have facial hair.
Of course there are many people who believe they know exactly how a preacher should dress.
With the height of some pulpits you would almost think some congregations have a height requirement for preachers.
When I first started preaching I was told I was too young “to be the preacher” (this individual wasn’t being mean-spirited though). I look a little different now so I do not hear that one anymore.
Appearances rightly disappoint at times, but sometimes appearances should have nothing to do with our approval or disapproval. The judgment of a preacher should be relegated (as long as immodesty or impropriety is not concerned) to their faithfulness of God’s word and their desire to help people understand it.
“For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground. He has no form or comeliness; and when we see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him.” (Isaiah 53:2 NKJV)
““For his letters,” they say, “are weighty and powerful, but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible.”” (2 Corinthians 10:10 NKJV)
Solomon said, “a wise man’s heart discerns both time and judgment, Because for every matter there is a time and judgment” (Ecclesiastes 8:5-6 NKJV). Today, Christians are “those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil” (Hebrews 5:14 NKJV). Skin color is no basis for discrimination, but a moral decision is! If discrimination against skin is opposed along with discrimination against the immoral, then Solomon “saw under the sun: In the place of judgment, Wickedness was there; And in the place of righteousness, Iniquity was there” (Ecclesiastes 3:16 NKJV). This is “throwing out the baby with the bathwater.”
Throwing out all “discrimination” because some of it is wrong, destroys the difference between ”good and evil.” Jesus said, “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment” (John 7:24 NKJV).
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.
Someone has said, “Beauty is only skin-deep but ugly is clean to the bone.” Well, there may be some truth to that. A March USAToday article: “The ugly truth”, reports that good looks may improve your economic outlook. Economists at the University of Texas analyzed data from the US, Canada, Germany and Britain and found that beautiful people earn more money than the rest of us and, it is claimed, are generally happier. I’m not sure why they studied this and why it was published. I suppose they want to rub it in the face of all us poor, ugly folks. Well, I object. I may not have as much money as some pretty boys; but when it comes to happiness, I don’t believe Gorgeous George or Handsome Harry has one thing one me! You can’t buy happiness. Happy is the one who trusts God and respects His will. This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess
Sam is one ugly dog! He is the winner of the World’s Ugliest Dog contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in California for the 3rd year in a row. According to the NBC website Sam is a 14 year old Chinese Crested and was a shoe-in to win the contest. His owner, Susie Lockheed, said that even the judges recoil with horror when they first see him. I have known some ugly people in my life. Someone has said, “Beauty is only skin-deep but ugly goes clean to the bone!” That is true is we are talking about real beauty. Appearance is superficial, it is what is inside that counts. This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess
From Glenda’s brother, I believe he is, or brother-in-law? She was a Williams who married a Williams:
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
We have little control over our looks, but we can control the expression thereon!
I have never seen a face yet that does not look better with a smile on it. And I have yet to see a face that a frown improves it! “A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken” (Proverbs 15:13).
May you be blessings be abundant today.
My favorite angelic appearance? When Gabriel appeared to Mary telling her about the blessed event that was to soon occur (Luke 1:26-38). We can plainly see Mary’s strong faith in vs. 38. She never doubted the angel’s proclamation.