It’s one of many that is tearing Christian brothers and sisters apart. It’s one that is dishonoring Christ. It’s also a war (or debate) with consequences that should not surprise any Christian.
Everyone has a belief or conviction about what they should (or should not) wear. Even if you are an atheist, you still have a ‘faith’ or belief in how you live your life, including what you wear.
So, what should a Christian wear? (and is there a different question that should be asked?
If a Christian woman has a conviction on what she should wear, then she should dress according to that conviction (which I pray is based on God leading them to dress in such a manner based on his truth and word.)
So, while everyone in the Christian community is running around and arguing that someone should or shouldn’t wear yoga pants (in public), cover their ___, or have bare shoulders in church, we need to realize that the world is watching. God is watching.
It’s ok to have a conviction and share it in love, grace and humility.
It should not be ok for publicly shaming another person for their conviction. If you don’t like what another sister in Christ believes, you need to go to them in private, humility and in love. Reading or writing blog posts, facebook posts, tweets, email are almost impossible to decipher the real message of love (or hate) because you can’t see the face, the expressions or hear the voice of the other person.
I have friends who:
- only wear long skirts
- wear pants and skirts
- wear short skirts
- wear only pants
- wear yoga pants
- wear head coverings
- won’t cut their hair
- wear bikinis
- won’t wear a swim suit
- this list can continue until the cows come home (we don’t have cows, btw, but want some)
AND I LOVE THEM ALL.
Their convictions are based on where they are on their journey and I love them for their desire to honor Christ in how they dress. When I am around my friends, I dress in a way that does not cause a conflict in our friendship and honors them and does not conflict with my own convictions.
This isn’t mean to deceive them, but to love them more than myself, as Christ as called us to do:
36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 22: 36-40
The question should not be WHAT should we wear, but WHY we wear what we wear.
In reality, the way I dress isn’t as important as why I dress the way I do and it should be the same for others. If your heart is to honor God and love Him above all and love your neighbor more than yourself, then the way you dress will fall in line with Jesus’ desire for your life. It may change over time, but it should never be based on what society tells you.
As a petite mom of a soon to be teen girl and a currently teen boy, clothing is something we discuss and pray about daily. Our choices or the lack there of based on what is hanging in stores all around us – is another story for another day.
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