What should be the goal, the role, of apparel in the serious Christian’s life? We are under grace. Does than mean that all clothing is equal . . . no guidelines . . . anything goes?
- Respect yourself. Modest apparel shows that one takes pride in his/her appearance. Why compete with the naked ape or something the dog dug up?
- “You are witnesses, and so is God, of how holy, righteous, and blameless we were among you who believed.” (1 Thes 2.10 NIV).
- Even our local county jail has dress standards: “Attire: Visitor’s clothing and appearance must conform to reasonable standards. (Shoes and shirts required). Short shorts, short skirts, bathing suits, tank tops or excessively tight/revealing clothing are considered inappropriate. Propriety or attire will be at the discretion of the officers and may be basis for denial of visitation.” – “Visitor Information” leaflet.
- It is common knowledge that many classy restaurants have a dress code. Why?
- Our culture is going through a patch of low morals, worldly, permissive wantonness. So more than ever the believers’ witness is needed! Who will part of the remedy?
- High minded Christians through the centuries have made a positive statement.
- God expects modest behavior from His children.
- Clothing’s purpose is to cover the body not emphasize body parts.
- Christians need it to maintain a fully effective witness before the world.
- Modesty better protects the person from flesh-driven people and predators.
- The Christian has only a limited number of opportunities to witness and declare for Jesus. Should we waste them?
“May He strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones. (1 Thes 3.13 NIV).
A believers’ clothing has nothing to do with salvation but rather Christian growth, sanctification after one is saved. But who wants to win the “prize” for having been the worst dressed saint on earth or the best dressed person in hell? Clothing does not save us but it strongly suggests who wants to obey. . . who we are advertising for, the Lord or the world. God’s child should be an example for others.