Dying for Jesus (as a church pastor)

August 12, 2015 at 8:30 am 7 comments

I have a feeling this will get a lot of hits from all my friends throughout Gracepoint Ministries…and a lot of comments from those who know me in our Davis and Berkeley churches (and my Mom in SoCal!). 

Well, I’ve done it.  I dyed for Jesus.  Many people have been telling me to dye my hair for a while now but I’ve resisted all of their taunts.  My philosophy is to not mess with God’s doing–short height, extra 20 pounds, handsome face, and gray hair.

Some people have the blessings of avoiding gray hair even as they age and it’s not fair when I see my wife Susanna and Pastor Ed who has avoided this inevitable.  But it was with pride that I held onto verses like: (I hope those of you who took Wisdom Literature during our Gracepoint All College Training School remember these two key verses!)

Proverbs 16:31 Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained in a righteous life.

Proverbs 20:29 The glory of young men is their strength, but the splendor of old men is their gray hair.

Far be it that I remove the crown of glory gained in a righteous life!  (BTW, I gained it when my children entered into teenage years but I won’t disclose which of my two children gave me more gray glory…)

So why did I finally do it?  It happened when I had a 1-on-1 conversation with my son on a drive back from getting a haircut a couple of months ago.  He asked me if I’d do it for the sake of the Gospel.  Being a good pastor, I cited Apostle Paul’s example in 1 Cor. 9:23 “I do it all for the sake of the gospel”! That’s when he persuaded me:  “If you are ministering to college students, then you shouldn’t look like you’re ministering to the elderly.”  Okay, you got me.  I guess one of these days I’ll get to take back my crown of glory, but for now, I’ll do the righteous thing and dye…

Last night, Taylor had the honor of dying my hair and he took these “before” and “after” pictures to commemorate the occasion.  He emailed them to our family saying, “Dad is a new man! Congrats to my 35 year (looking) old pops! He’s so good looking that he almost looks like he could be my dad!”  Son, you are too righteous; may you gain a crown of glory when you have teenage kids just like you.  🙂   

[Before] With crown of glory...

[Before] With crown of glory…

[After] ...a righteous life!

[After] …a righteous life!

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Nelson  |  August 12, 2015 at 8:46 am

    Wait … you mean you’re not actually 35 years old?

  • 2. Jay  |  August 12, 2015 at 8:56 am

    Laying your crown down already?!
    (Rev 4:10-11)

  • 3. Jennifer  |  August 12, 2015 at 9:01 am

    You have indeed dyed for Christ.

  • 4. Jeremy  |  August 12, 2015 at 10:50 am

    I think it looks pretty nice. Now you’re “heading” for graytness. Just for you P Jonathan : ).

  • 5. daryl  |  August 12, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    Truly, to dye is gain. I can’t wait to join you! Wait a minute, that means I guess we look like peers, since i’m 35…!!

  • 6. Billy  |  August 14, 2015 at 12:09 am

    wow…. Time to start element!

  • 7. hemilykim  |  August 15, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    I can’t compete with these comments! Great post, Pastor Jonathan!!


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About Joong “Jonathan” Lee

This weblog contains thoughts & reflections as I pastor Gracepoint Austin Church (previously at Gracepoint Davis and Berkeley Churches) and engage in various ministries.


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