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Christian Women With Weave, Was Your Hair Offered To Idols?

Posted by Job on October 14, 2009

Let us remember the verdict of the Jerusalem council of Acts 15 where the Jewish Christians decided the guidelines for sanctification and holy living for Gentile Christians. Consider this verse:

That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well.”

Now consider this nugget from an article on the movie “Good Hair“:

… the movie, “Good Hair” … details the lengths to which some black women and men will go for straight hair … from a hair salon where a 6-year-old maintains a stiff upper lip as a chemical relaxer sits on her scalp, to the temples of India where the hair women sacrifice in a religious ceremony is swept up, sent to factories and exported as weave

Of course, I know the difference between eating something and putting it in your hair. I also know that Paul liberated this principle from being made into legalism in 1 Corinthians 8. However, allow me to propose this:  humans generally need to eat meat in order to be healthy. So, if there was a choice between damaging your health by doing all that one possibly can to obey Acts 15:29 and thus becoming malnourished or eating meat and being healthy, Paul said to eat meat. Also the context of 1 Corinthians 8 is that the meat that had been offered to idols was then mixed and sold with all the other meat, and it was impossible to tell which meat was which.

So while Acts 15:29 made it unlawful to KNOWINGLY eat meat offered to idols – which is practicing idolatry – UNKNOWINGLY eating meat offered to idols was not idolatry and thereby harmless. The reason is that the prohibition is not on the meat itself, which was fine, but rather the idolatry, which is sin. So this was not  a choice between being an idolater and not being an idolater. Instead, it was a choice between not APPEARING to be an idolater and being malnourished, or APPEARING to be an idolater and being healthy. Paul’s reasoning was that appearances don’t matter, only the heart does, so go ahead, buy your meat at the market with no worries as to whether it was offered to idols or not – because it was impossible to tell – and eat it.

However, where meat serves a vital human need, I would argue that hair weave does not. It is entirely cosmetic. So even though it may be lawful, is it nonetheless expedient (1 Corinthians 6:12) for a Christian woman to adorn herself with hair offered to idols? Is such a thing edifying (1 Corinthians 10:23)? Is hair offered to idols and then sold for a price an appropriate covering (1 Corinthians 11:15) for the body of a Christian woman, seeing that such a body is the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19) as opposed to a pagan temple filled with idols? And is acquiring and wearing costly weave that has been offered to idols a way of keeping 1 Timothy 2:9-10?

In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.

Now of course I am not going to claim that it is a sin for Christian women to use weave because it MIGHT contain hair offered to idols. Not only would I be guilty of violating 1 Corinthians in saying such a thing, but I would not even be able to rely on the literal interpretation of Acts 15 or Exodus 20:3-4 (the passages concerning idolatry specifically and practicing false religions – which includes participating in their rites and ceremonies – in general). Instead, I am just providing more information for Christian women (and men) to consider in our efforts to make better, more Christ-honoring decisions. After all, where does the idea to go out and put weave in your hair come from? Or the idea that we have to look a certain way come from? Generally the media, Hollywood, mass entertainment, Madison Avenue (commercials), and what have you. They sell you an image of beauty that is not real. I am not merely referring to this image because so much of it is literally fake, whether the product of airbrushing, lighting, cosmetic surgery, photo editing etc. but because it takes our minds and hearts away from the true beauty that is Jesus Christ that is revealed through us through the wonderful works of His creation (Romans 1) and causes us to exchange it for a lie, an image conceived not in God’s mind or made by God’s hands but rather created by man’s hands and conceived in his sinful, corrupt rebellious minds. And what are images conceived and made by man? Merely idols.

So the real issue is not that the hair MAY HAVE BEEN offered to some idol in some Hindu temple. The issue is that your DESIRE to use weave – wherever its origin – probably comes from looking at magazines, watching television, coming up with some false image of beauty that you desire. So, the false idol that is the problem is not in some temple in India, but rather is inside the temple of your own heart! And these false images and idols promoting a perverted, corrupted sense of beauty and attractiveness in the media have only two real purposes. The first is mammon, money. I fear continuing to sound like a leftist or socialist, but the fact is that these images are disseminated to cause you to buy the magazines that contain them, which contain still more images that cause you to want to buy the makeup, hair products, clothes etc. that make the magazine publishers a lot of money.

The second reason, make no mistake, is to challenge and attack Biblical notions of modesty, decency and sexuality. Most of the publications, TV shows, movies etc. that endlessly present these images also ceaselessly mock anything resembling notions of Biblical purity, including but not limited to marital fidelity. Even if they don’t directly attack it, they undermine it with the lie that a man and wife can sit and look at that junk 24/7 without either A) being tempted to stray (adultery) or B) fantasizing (which is also adultery Matthew 5:28), or similarly that our children can watch it without either being tempted to commit fornication or fantasizing about it. So similar to my challenge regarding tattoos, the issue is not whether weave is permissible according to scripture, but whether the motivation to get a weave is Christ-honoring in the first place.

That said, there may be many motivations for getting hair weaves that are completely legitimate, i.e. totally unrelated to wanting to look like the female vampires in these soft-core pornographic magazines and music videos. Some women may state that their husbands like the way that it looks. Others may profess that it is a look that they prefer for themselves. Others still assert that in their work environments (office or professional jobs, etc.) they must maintain a professional appearance. Again, I am in no sense asserting this to be some sort of law that has any bearing on anyone’s salvation, justification, sanctification or consecration. There are also many who may perceive me to be just totally off base, tilting at windmills and causing unnecessary division and confusion (stumblingblocks as it were) when I should focus only on Jesus Christ and Him crucified, risen, and will one day return. To such people, I apologize in advance, and please know that it is not my intent. Instead, my reason for dealing with this topic is this Biblical one: Christians, beware of and be separate from the world and things in it, whether it be its mindsets, its desires … or its idols. After all, we only have to look at the world of televangelism. Paula White, Medina Pullings, and many others are counted among those who market their own appearance, and tie it into their false health/wealth/family prosperity gospel doctrine. Jan Crouch, Juanita Bynum and Cathy DuPlantis are just among the many who proudly declare that they have had cosmetic surgery (or surgeries)! Extend it a little further and we have professed evangelical Christians Carrie Prejean’s lingerie modeling (and plastic surgery), Heidi Montag’s Playboy modeling, and Miley Cyrus pole dancing, all done for a little bit of fame and fortune that even were it to last 1000 years would be a mere flicker of an instant in the eternity that we will either spend with Jesus Christ in New Jerusalem or in the outer darkness where the worm never dies, the fire is never quenched, and there is wailing and gnashing of teeth. Again, the issue is not the weave, but the heart and where it lies.

However, for people who are considering the issues raised in this post, allow me to refer you to an expert on the topic by following the link below:

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Also, for those who may be wondering what all of this is about to begin with, please play the video below.
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Sex Sells Especially In The Church: Hannah Montana Miley Cyrus Does Everything For Jesus Christ Including Kissing Katy Perry And Liking It

Posted by Job on September 18, 2008

I have tried to ignore this Miley Cyrus thing, even after her proclamations of not only being a Christian celebrity, but doing everything for Jesus Christ. The reason is that I had already dealt with the trend -beginning with Aaliyah, Destiny’s Child, and Anna Kournikova in the 1990s but becoming a major part of our cultural landscape with Britney Spears – of making teenage (and even younger looking) girls into overt sex objects for not only teenage boys but also adult males in the past. Even that Miley Cyrus would be able to get away with the added dimension of claiming to serve Jesus Christ by being an underaged sex fantasy object was only a minor development. After all, Jessica Simpson’s father is a former Southern Baptist minister. Britney Spears made claims of being a Southern Baptist virgin a huge part of her original public relations profile. Destiny’s Child oft claimed Christianity. Mandy Moore went from singer to actress in the evangelical Christian film “A Walk To Remember.”  And lest we forget, the father of Miley Cyrus, after his country music career evaporated, did the common tactic of using Chri$tian capitali$m to stay in show business, even being given a TV series on “Christian family values” PaxNet (Doc, in which Miley Cyrus appeared in an episode). 

But Slice of Laodicea’s revealing the extent to which Miley Cyrus is mocking the very Christians that she is professing herself to be a role model for AND how some Christians are STILL DEFENDING HER (see link) made me decide that this topic was worth revisiting: Miley Cyrus kissing Katy Perry, who wrote the lesbian anthem “I Kissed A Girl”, at some MTV awards event. Cyrus says that she does everything for Jesus Christ … so apparently emulating Perry’s promotion of lesbianism was her way of spreading the gospel? 

Let me state that my position is that a Christian can pursue a career in secular music so long as said Christian’s music and betrayal does not transgress the Bible. So no, I am not objecting to Cyrus’ going on heathen MTV and being photographed with Perry. If there is no justification for me having a ‘holier than thou’ attitude when I at work, I also have no justification for demanding that she act that way just because she is a celebrity. Instead, my issue is with how so many entertainers are able to claim Christianity so that they can rake in even more money while still meeting the desires and expectations of their supporters who hate Jesus Christ.

And how does Miley Cyrus meet the expectations of these people? Kissing Katy Perry, something that people will remember when Cyrus inevitably attempts to make the leap from child entertainer to adult singer (more on that later) is just a tiny part of it, and why not let someone who does not claim to be Christian (but does acknowledge having and acting on lesbian desires),  actress Megan Fox explain:

Fox also defended Miley Cyrus and Vanessa Hudgens regarding their racy photo scandals and said that she doesn’t like Disney because they take “these little girls, and they put them through entertainment school and teach them to sing and dance, and make them wear belly shirts …”

What Fox is speaking of is Disney’s game of turning little girls into sex objects. Why did I use Fox’s words instead of a Christian who said the same? Well show me a single prominent Christian that is taking up this battle (even if it is only in the context of saying “Miley Cyrus is not a suitable role model for Christian girls”) and I will use his or her words. As our “Christian leaders” are being preoccupied with wanting and hoping Cyrus, Spears, and their daughters and church members grow up to be beauty queen Sarah Palin, it appears that no such statements are forthcoming and the non – Christian Megan Fox has provided the most truthful words on this matter!

Miley Cyrus is part and parcel of the Disney “use kids for sexual fantasies” game. The tight skimpy outfits, makeup, clothes, dancing … Cyrus is one of many young girls that Disney uses to market sexual fantasies to both teen boys and also grown men with the emotional development of teen boys. How do we know this “grown men” part? Because when racy photos of Cyrus were published in Vanity Fair, it created so much traffic that their servers crashed. Thirteen year old boys are not Vanity Fair’s demographic! And no, it is not teen boys that create the vast majority of the many websites on the Internet dedicated to racy pictures of teenage (and again, often preteen looking) girls. It is grown men who not only create those sites, but grown men who visit them, often paying money to do so! 

And Cyrus is in no way unique. Quite the contrary, sexuality using and aimed at teens and preteens pervades virtually every Disney show, even the cartoons, and has for years. So, when Miley Cyrus agreed to the Disney show, she knew what it would involve, and so did her father. And even if Miley Cyrus was somehow unaware at this Internet subculture based on trading images of underaged girls when she agreed to do the show A) her father knew and B) Cyrus certainly knows now, because she is the latest in a long line of “oh my goodness how and why did someone violate my privacy by stealing and publishing these racy photos!” young starlets that use that Internet subculture to enhance their fame. 

Is this as bad as when Kanye West was actually nominated for a gospel music award for recording “Jesus Walks”, or when Destiny’s Child received good publicity for putting gospel songs on an album, and one of their members released a gospel album? I still remember the video for “Survivor” … one of the “singers” claimed to have overcome persecution in Hollywood for refusing to compromise their Christianity, and right after the word “Christianity” was, er, “sung”, the video cut to the grind – dancing bikinied crotch (something straight out of the strip club) of the “singer”, either overtly mocking Jesus Christ or their Christian supporters buying their albums. If any Christians denounced that video (or Destiny’s Child’s claims to be in any way Christian), I missed it. 

The younger Cyrus knows what she is doing. So does the older Cyrus. Evidence of this is how they handled the mild criticism from Christians over the Vanity Fair photo shoot: Miley Cyrus made the typical claim of being exploited and taken advantage of by the worldly heathens at the Noo Yawk magazine, and Billy Ray Cyrus claimed that it happened because he trusted the Vanity Fair people with his daughter and was off somewhere on business instead of protecting his daughter’s virtue. Now Vanity Fair’s version of the story was entirely different. Quite frankly, anyone who has ever watched the excessive makeup, skin tight clothes, and suggestive dancing that takes place on a typical episode of Hannah Montana (let alone Cyrus’ increasingly notorious private behavior) would find the Vanity Fair New York heathens to be much more credible than the professing Christians from evangelical entertainment and publishing capital Franklin, Tennessee. 

Now Britney Spears dropped the Christian pretensions once she decided to leave the teeny bopper scene behind and aim for a more adult sound and a wider more lucrative audience. Miley Cyrus’ far edgier public profile lately, plus her public statements that she wants to stop doing Hannah Montana, indicates that she is ready to follow Spears’ path. And why not? If it works, why try to fix it? But the issue is not the younger Cyrus, who will succeed or fail on her own merits. (Since she isn’t much of an actress, dancer, singer or songwriter those merits will consist of being able to get males older than 15 to look at her. Well, good luck with that.) It is not the older Cyrus, who has gleefully used his daughter to extend what is left of his fame. (The Disney Channel actually plays his songs and videos … probably because their contract with his daughter compels them to.) The issue is with Christians so desperate to have an entertainer in the secular arena that they can call their own. The common justification is that “we need to be represented in mainstream culture.” Fine. If a Christian can use their mainstream soapbox to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ so that sinners can come to repentance, fine. But show me a shred of evidence that Cyrus, Spears, Destiny’s Child, West, etc. have done this or even tried to (the solo gospel album of Destiny’s Child’s Michelle Williams as an exception). Instead, what is these people truly mean is that “we need THEM to represent US in mainstream culture so WE won’t feel so strange, different, and alone!” 

Now this is not an endorsement of theologian Soren Kierkegaard, but his goal of making Christianity hard and uncomfortable for those in his homeland that had made Christianity easy by marrying the church with the state (or in our context marrying the church to the culture) should be considered. In this context, Christians are not even allowing themselves to be used and exploited by God – mockers like Spears and Cyrus. Instead, Christians are the users and exploiters. They are sacrificing these little girls to the child porn (in the sense that Jesus Christ used the term “pornea”, which means sexual immorality) monster so they can avoid what the Bible says about rejecting the world and being rejected by it. It is because of their own need to be accepted and loved by and have a place in the world that they could care less how many young girls Hollywood chews up and spits out. They could care less how many young girls develop eating disorders or disfigure themselves because they think that if they can just look like Britney or Miley someone will love them (because hey, it isn’t as if Britney or Miley interrupts their shimmy pole dancing and selling merchandise long enough to tell these girls – or boys – that JESUS CHRIST LOVES THEM … if they did Disney would rip up their contracts overnight).

They could care less how many husbands become emotionally detached from their wives because they are committing adultery (again according to Jesus Christ’s definition of it) by surfing the web looking for pictures of Miley, Britney, Lindsay Lohan (another Disney product) to feed their fantasies, which many find much easier than emotionally relating to their living breathing adult spouse. And no, they could care less about how many little boys that grow up socialized by Disney’s (and Nickelodeon’s) sexuality go on to become rapists, and how many of those men that crashed Vanity Fair’s servers go on to molest their daughters. And they could care less about how the carnage of human emotion that causes will lead to suicides and murders (including but certainly not limited to abortions). “Being represented” in the world so that they don’t have to reject it or be rejected by it is so valuable to these Christians that they are very much willing to sacrifice what happens to everyone else, even when that everyone includes the Savior Jesus Christ that is being mocked. But be not deceived … God is not mocked. Thus saith scripture. And on judgment day, all will see precisely how and why God’s Name shall not be the subject of shame. The ones who will behold this will not only be the artists purporting to be Christian, but the purported Christians that created the environment where such artists could successfully employ this tactic. 

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