What do you expect a preacher to look like?

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)

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