How Do I Look the Part?

Has politics and pastoring come down to likability (polls show people “like” candidate Obama more than Romney) and lookability? 

This piece by Diana Reese in the Washington Post caught my eye, particularly because she singled out the dress of ministers (“I’d like my minister, my doctor and yes, my politicians, to look and dress for their parts.”). Speaking for myself, I am a person and as a pastor I am not “playing a part! (Maybe I’ve lived in the West Coast and now an Island too long. FYI today I am wearing shorts and a Hawaiian shirt-its gonna be warm today!). 

Here’s what Reese said, “ When Palin took to the makeshift stage in the middle of a Missouri farm field, she was dressed more for the part of Hollywood celebrity than serious politician. it was hard for me to take Palin seriously dressed as she was. First, her shoes: Five-inch wedges. Her black capris weren’t quite skin-tight but tight enough, and her t-shirt with its Superman logo (a Steelman campaign shirt emblazoned with “Our freedom. Our fight.”) emphasized her figure. She never once removed her oversized sunglasses. I’m sorry, but I’d like my minister, my doctor and yes, my politicians, to look and dress for their parts.”

What do you think?  

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