No matter what language we speak, people understand what our clothes say

I had the opportunity to have a small, but good, spiritual conversation with a stranger today. How so? It was all because of the clothes that I was wearing!

I had already started the conversation with small talk while I was waiting on my family. I was alone. He was alone. So I decided to try to be friendly. He decided to be the same in return.

After the small talk, the conversation led to the man saying, “I noticed the way you are dressed. Did you go to church today?” (He had also “been to church” by the way.) From there we were able to have a pleasant conversation about the Bible; and because of that conversation I was able to invite him to the church’s services. After my family and I left the restaurant I thought that it was neat that I got to talk about the Bible simply because of what my clothes said to him.

Now my purpose with this post isn’t to say that clothes make the person, that clothes determine the value of one’s soul, or that clothes are even close to being the first thing that we should allow to make a spiritual impression on us; far from it (James 2:1-4; Luke 20:46; Matthew 23:5). My purpose is simply this – no matter what language we speak, people understand what our clothes say.

Clothing is often worn to make an impression on others or because it’s made an impression on us…that’s why certain name-brand tags can double, triple, quadruple, etc. the price of a shirt or a pair of pants. So clothing talks, no arguments or doubt about it. Not only does the kind of clothes we wear talk, but so does the way we wear them. On top of that, the amount of clothing we wear says that much more!

Many Christians, both men and women alike, will be tempted this summer to wear “clothing” that is not fitting of God’s calling. If fig-leaf bikini’s didn’t work in Eden (Genesis 3:7, 21), then no bikini, regardless of the material that’s used, will work outside of Eden’s garden. God uses water to save us through Jesus (1 Peter 3:21), but God doesn’t use water to change wrong to right. The temptation to “look good” and the call to be dressed in and dressed with righteous isn’t the same thing! (Romans 14:17; 1 Corinthians 15:34; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 1:11; 2 Timothy 2:22; Titus 2:12; 1 Peter 2:24)

If we know that “dressing up” says something to the general public (and we know that it does), then by default we should know what the lack of clothing also says (and we know that it does whether we want to admit it or not). So don’t forget – when it comes to modesty, whether we think about it or not, when we’re in the public, people are ease dropping on what our clothes, or the lack thereof, are spiritually saying to them all of the time.

I will be full of joy in the Lord, my soul will be glad in my God; for he has put on me the clothing of salvation, covering me with the robe of righteousness, as the husband puts on a fair head-dress, and the bride makes herself beautiful with jewels.” (Isaiah 61:10)

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Things are a changing but not all things…

Things are a-changing, but not all things need to be changed! Shoe designer Marc Jacobs in September ’07 crossed a new frontier in fashion. What did he do? He introduced women’s high-heeled shoes with a chunky four-inch “heel” in the front. The London’s Daily Mail says, “Where you’d expect a heel, there is nothing but air.” The various models of the shoe were priced in the $500 to $700 range. I can’t begin to think how uncomfortable these shoes must be. Come to think of it I can’t imagine how uncomfortable any high-heeled shoes might be! But mark it down, someone will buy them simply because it is fashionable. But here is a novel and different idea: instead of following the herd of fashion, why not set a course and take the lead in following the Lord. This is Just A Minute.

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A Clothing Trend That Just Makes No Sense

Buying new clothes that look old. I’m sure other cultures outside of America do the same thing but that still doesn’t make it make any sense!

“Brand new” pants with holes, cuts, patches, worn patterns and frayed bottoms straight off of the store shelves at prices higher than pants with no defects?!  It’s a second-hand look at souped-up first hand prices. And the same trend can be found with shirts and hats. But I wonder why people don’t buy socks with holes in them? Anyways.

Want holes in your pants? I know a couple of ways of getting them that are much cheaper:

  • Truth be told, I have a couple of pair of pants with holes in them – but they got that way because I worked in them and now they continue to be my work pants.
  • Actually go to a second-hand store to get the second-hand look.
  • Buy a new pair that’s much cheaper than the fake old pair and give them to someone who needs a new pair of pants and let them wear them out and then bring them back to you a couple of years later.

I know this may sound like an “old-man” rant, maybe because it is, but how silly can a clothing trend get?

A culture that can afford to pay more money, and actually makes other people called “clothing designers” very rich while doing so, to get an impoverished look with their clothing is a culture that has more dollars than sense.

But hey, dressing up the outside with clothing that’s deceptive isn’t anything new is it?

Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.” (Matthew 7:15)

#clothing, #culture, #fashion, #trends

That’s So Yesterday!

I watched a news story yesterday that said Rupert Murdoch was selling his yacht for a sum total in the neighborhood of 30 million dollars. That’s 30,000,000 big time bucks! It’s actually on the market for 29,700,000 big time bucks, but who’s counting other than Mr. Murdoch and whoever is going to buy it?

As the anchorwoman continued the story she mentioned that the yacht came with jet skis, a boat, contains a formal dining area, a Jacuzzi, and other luxurious amenities that justified the hefty price tag.

Well, besides the fact that I could only affect the last three zeros in the price tag, I would have still been interested if it wasn’t for one thing – the anchorwoman said the yacht was filled with plasma screen TV’s and, as I told my wife, plasma screen TV’s are so yesterday! I mean who wants to pay almost 30 million dollars for such an out-of-date boat!?

To me the story was another example of how futile it is to always try to be up-to-date according to the world’s standards for such a standard never sits still, and whatever is hailed as the fashion, as the investment, as the star or as the technology of tomorrow will one day be described with the word yesterday!

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8 – NKJV)

Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21 – NKJV)

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