A new Instagram account has been launched calling out famous pastors for their taste in expensive shoes, some of which cost approximately $4,000 per pair.
The Instagram account @preachersnsneakers started recently and currently has 31 posts. In less than three weeks it gained over 8,000 followers, a Thursday article in Fashionista explained. It now has 68,300 followers.
The account’s founder, Tyler Jones, a pseudonym, explained it began as a joke but noted that the juxtaposition of pictures of pastors sporting pricey, trendy sneakers alongside the prices of those things has resonated with an audience. The photos raise questions about how the money donated to these pastors’ church is being used.
The account has even caused pastor Chad Veach of Zoe Church in Los Angeles to change his Instagram handle after a preachersnsneakers post showed him with a backpack from Gucci that goes for $1,980 and Rhude trackpants that cost $794, Fashionista reported.
Before he changed his handle Veach commented that he did not pay for a single thing he was wearing in that post. He subsequently deleted the comment. “That’s when I was like oh, this just got way more real than I ever intended,” said Jones, whom Fashionista interviewed on condition of anonymity.
“I’m not trying to cause a division; me and him both believe inherently the same things. I just think that if you’re in church you should know how your pastor is spending the money.”
Jones, who is himself an evangelical Christian, had been buying and reselling sneakers for the past few years. Upon looking for a song he liked from Elevation Worship he noticed that one of the singers was wearing Yeezy 750s, a rare shoe that resells for approximately $800.
One post features pastor John Gray of Relentless Church in Greenville, South Carolina wearing Air Yeezy 2 pure platinum sneakers alongside a post where it is noted that a pair of them sold for $3,721. Another post features Seattle-based pastor Judah Smith wearing Gucci pants and his wife Chelsea wearing a Gucci tank top, which are listed at $980 and $490, respectively. Another post shows North Carolina megachurch Pastor Steven Furtick wearing Jordan 1’s, which sold for $968 in one auction.
“This does not compute. How is this guy wearing these kicks?” Jones asked himself, considering that his wife works for a church and he was familiar with typical church salaries.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Brandon Showalter