I had someone tell me the other day that their friend won't come to our church because, "the pastor doesn't look like a pastor." Lol! I asked this person if her friend went to church somewhere ... the answer was "no, she didn't go anywhere." So I would assume it's actually not an issue of what the pastor looks-like, but rather just another excuse.
I think this brings up a valid question, I suppose; so what does a pastor look like ... or what should a pastor look like?
Like this... (serial killer)
What about this ... (serial killer)
Or this ... (a convicted rapist)
Here is another ... (serial killer, rapist)
Here is another normal looking guy ... (Ted Bundy)
I will move on from the clean cut, nice guy look of the serial killers. Here are some pastors ... do they have the look? (not picking on any of them, just random pictures of some ministers I found on google image search)
What about this pastor ...
Or this one ...
Or this one ...
Here is another ... (diggin his hair)
This one ...
My personal favorite ... (truly the look of a pastor)
On a serious note ... why would we think that a pastor should "look" a certain way, or dress a certain way? Isn't the heart what really matters? I think so, and I believe this is what God looks at ... and we see this in the scripture below here when God was talking to the prophet Samuel about picking a king from among Jesse's kids ... you know him now as King David... apparently he didn't have the king "look" his brothers did look more like kings ... but God chose David.
1 Samuel 16:7 But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."
Don't get me wrong here, I think there is a balance in this, but I think we as people must be true to ourselves and how God wired us. I know for me, I just couldn't wear my hair parted and combed just so, high and tight ... ya da ya da. Nothing wrong with that ... this is how my pastor Alan Clayton, from the Ark Family Church) in Houston wears his hair, and has since Jesus was just a baby. Here is his picture ... nothing wrong with his hair ... but I would look really strange like that. Lol! And he has told me, "Timmy if I was to wear my hair like yours, I'd look ridiculous ... but looks good on you."
Here is the bottom line ... what really matters is our hearts before God; we should pray as David did, "Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me."
Oh, and by the way ... it doesn't bother me that I don't "look" like a pastor ... I know that Jesus and my wife loves me just the way I am! Of course my kids too!
Sorry, one more thing ... if you are a pastor out there ... BE YOU!