In the medieval church, priests and bishops often wore precious jewels and lavish vestments embroidered with gold. In today’s megachurches, pastors are often sporting designer clothes and $5000 sneakers.
Ben Kirby, an evangelical layman, has been chronicling conspicuous consumption among the clergy. He started an Instagram account, PreachersNSneakers, and began asking bigger questions. The issue is not just expensive clothing, but, as he says, noting how wealthy so many of these pastors have become, their consumerism, and the way they are emulating celebrity culture.