An ATI mother recently wrote to Mr. Gothard for counsel. X-ATI Guy obtained a copy of this letter.
Dear Mr. Gothard,
I appreciate your ministry and respect your wisdom, which is why I'm writing for your counsel in a decision I must make. You teach in the Basic Seminar about the Principle of Design and how we must accept the 10 unchangeables God has given us. Do you think it is wrong to change one's appearance when the condition is easily altered?
Here is my situation: my hair, which is normally black, has started going gray. Is it wrong to dye it?
I would like to dye it to mask the gray. I think it is important to maintain a consistent appearance in front of my children, who may not understand that their mother is susceptible to the natural aging process.
However, I do not want to violate the Principle of Design, because I know God's blessing on our lives is a result of how well we honor his word and obey his non-optional principles.
I would appreciate your counsel: is it God's will for a person to dye her hair?
Cynthia, ATI mom in Orlando, Fla.
P.S. Perhaps you could publish my question and your answer in the next ATI newsletter!