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Look Into the Other Side of Church with This Compilation of Preachers Wearing Expensive Designer Items

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A recent study has shown that about 37% of Americans go to church at least once a week. However, we do wonder if this number would decrease when they ultimately find out that their pastors wore sneakers that worth thousands of dollars? Tyler, a 29-year-old man, has set out on a mission to find an answer to this question. He has created an Instagram account named, PreachersNSneakers, that exposes celebrity church leaders for their expensive designer footwear, and it has reached thousands and thousands of followers in its short time of inception.

Tyler, in his interview with Fashionista, has been quoted to saying: “I’ve been really into buying and reselling sneakers for the past few years, on the other side, I’m an evangelical Christian and am pretty ingrained in that culture. One Sunday I was looking for a song I like by Elevation Worship, and I realized the lead singer was wearing a pair of Yeezy 750s. They’re pretty rare; they resell for 800 bucks or so. I thought I knew about church-type salaries — my wife works for a church — and so I was like, ‘This does not compute. How is this guy wearing these kicks?’”

“Then I started looking into the pastor at Elevation, Steven Furtick, and I came across a video where he was wearing this pair of shattered backboard Jordan 1s, the orange and black colorway,” Tyler Added. “That’s one of my holy grail shoes. I looked them up on StockX, and the last sale was for like 900 bucks. I started deep diving these mega-churches, and I realized there’s a lot of people out here wearing like the hypest outfits, the highest resell kicks in the game. I made a video for my personal Instagram, and people responded really well. At that point was like, maybe there’s some ongoing comedic factor here.”
Hundreds of pastors and people in the ministry messaged him: “Thank you, keep doing what you’re doing. It’s prompting a discussion around what leadership and stewardship look like within the church.” While the other side of it, the atheists and the questioning community messaged him: “‘Dude, this is hilarious. It’s crazy the money that these preachers make.”

“Somebody called me a hypocrite today and said that I was causing disunity within the church,” he continued. “But I’ve been pretty intentional to leave it relatively open-ended. It can be read passive-aggressively or it can be read like ‘Oh this dude’s just gassing this pastor up for having a sweet outfit.’ I had a Dallas-based pastor reach out to me and ask to be featured on the page yesterday.”

Tyler started the project of compiling these pictures to just merely, collect them. He never expected any of this multilayer discussion which became synonymous with his every photo uploaded. “All I do is find pictures, look up the things that they’re wearing and then put out the current market price and let you decide what you feel about that, you know?”

It may have aroused an exciting discussion, but the real question remains; is it a problem for these famous preachers of the church to own or post pictures of themselves with expensive stuff? Tyler continued: “As somebody that has given money to my local church, personally I would be a little irritated if I saw the pastor step out in some fresh Yeezys. I would at least ask the question.”

“The rebuttal to that is ‘Well, these megachurch guys are doing major book sales or doing speaking tours,’ which is valid. I don’t fault any of them for making a lot of money. But I do think that you’re held to a different standard if you are leading a church that people are contributing money to and investing some amount of their trust in you to lead them spiritually. That’s a pretty heavy calling. I think you at least need to be aware of the optics of the things that you’re wearing.”

One more thing that adds to the complication of this issue is that nobody can say for sure if these expensive items worn by the church leaders were gifts or not. No one can answer that but them. “All I know is that you’re on the ‘gram wearing a $2,000 pair of boots. I can’t reconcile it. I can’t think of a meaningful explanation as to why you would feel 100% okay with wearing a pair of boots that probably the majority of your congregation could never afford. I am just here to say ‘Whoa, homie’s wearing $800 track pants.’ Y’all do with that what you want, you know?”

“I mean, I cannot stand here and say that you should never be wearing that. These guys like Carl Lentz and Chad Veach and Judah Smith, they probably have wise mentors. And where I sit now I don’t understand it, but maybe there is an explanation behind it — I would love to hear it.”

“It’d be one thing if they were to come out and explain, like, ‘this is why I bought this pair of Off-White Chicago 1s, because I feel strongly about how they’re made.’ If you could get a congregation to somehow agree that their money going to those $2,500 pair of kicks was good for the kingdom of God then I can’t have an argument with that. I definitely don’t want to say you should fund sweatshops. But I also think there’s got to be a balance between that and wearing Burberry sneakers.”

Tyler, himself, has never put into consideration to base on what the pastor wears on deciding on where church he should go to as he has said: “That would be the most superficial way of choosing a church, in my opinion.”

Here are some of the pictures he has successfully compiled:

John Gray

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Ron Carpenter

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Carl Lentz

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Rich Wilkerson

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Chad Veach

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Natalie Todd

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John Gray

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Julia Veach

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