Does God care about what you wear? In this dispensation, it seems our dressing is becoming MUCH MORE revealing. It could be argued that individuals that wear indecent clothing, such as; extremely body hugging clothes, clothes showing one's cleavage, sagging trousers, micro mini skirts, etc are insecure in themselves.
A young person shared the below:
It took me several years to grow into an understanding of the 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 “great exchange” that took place when I asked Jesus to rescue me from my sins:
“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body”
When we embrace the truth that Jesus wore our sinful robe to the cross so we could wear His righteous robe, we make the “great exchange” and become a daughter of the King of kings! From then on everything we do, say, and wear should reflect who our Father is".
One of my male friends, who is a Lawyer by Profession and a Born Again Christian wrote the below article from a male's perspective in respects to Christian dressing.
The world today has evolved with diverse fashion styles which suite different occasions. Traditionally appearance defines an individual and reflects the sort of association such individual keeps.
World religions seem to have particular dress codes which identify them and persons around them can say where another belongs to. Christianity though classified as a religion by some has being stated to rather be a lifestyle or a way of life governed by the scriptures.
Being a Christian disconnects one from the ways and patterns of the world as a whole and connects one to the kingdom of God. Scriptures draw the divide between light and darkness. God is light and darkness does not thrive then. The language of the kingdom is holiness which affects the appearance of the Christian in the society as a whole.
Individuals can’t call themselves Christians and appear in like manner as the world which is common to see today. The dress code of the kingdom of God is moderation and in moderation must be such as would not cause a fellow brother or sister to sin. Cleavage exposures or sensitive parts exposure can be classified as indecency as when others see such it brings negative thoughts to mind. More so the unbelievers or non- Christians delight in bodily exposure and use such as seductive mechanisms. Christianity teaches that one is called out from the world and called into the kingdom of God.
Times call for clear line of distinction between who belong to the kingdom and who belongs to the world. It is appalling to find ‘Christians’ appearing as prostitutes or gangsters or pimps in the society and even carry same into the church thereby desecrating the alter. God is holy and from all indicators in the scriptures does not accept anything not holy.
2 Corinthians 6.17 implores all followers of Christ to be separate from the world which includes dressing or appearance. Romans 13.14 implores Christians to put on the Lord Jesus Christ as a garment (dress) making no provision whatsoever for the flesh to fulfil its lust. If Christ be a garment we put on as believers then the nature of Christ need be manifest for our lives are living epistles which men read so when men see us that call ourselves Christians what are they able to read from us? Is it the worldly pattern or the Christ pattern?
Arguments may abound on issues of dressing today but the truth remains that there is a dressing that glorifies God either worn by the male or female gender. Either of the genders have their dressing and none ought put on what pertains to the other (Exodus 22.5) for such stand as abomination to God. The Christian must pay attention to the spirit of God on issues relating to dressing for the fact that everybody dresses in a particular manner does not make it right or acceptable to God.
The above is just informative but I would trust it has thrown certain light on the topic and one that would set your heart on thinking mode.
- Oluwatosin Olatoye
About the writer: Tosin is a trained Lawyer. He is single and lives in Warri, Nigeria. Tosin has a passion for God and everything to do with living right for God. Since I have known Tosin, every conversation that we have always revolves around building our faith in Christ.
Thank you so much Tosin.
Do you think God cares about your appearance? Or do you feel it’s about the inward appearance only?
You can be modest in your dressing and still look glamorous! Dare to be different, and look good for Christ.
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