If you asked me to pick out the Amish or the German Baptists or the Jews walking down the street or in a restaurant, I would probably not have a problem.
But what about the Christians?
I would have to say “probably not”.
I know there is no one thing that really makes a Christian stand out. Our clothing doesn’t need to mark us as different from any other morally centered group, but it should mark us different from the common sluts.
I am really sorry to be so harsh, but the sad truth is that we are accepting more and more each day.
Take a look around you when you are in the store or at a restaurant. We recently went to an amusement park and took time to notice the clothing on the people around us. The women of some religious groups are easy to pick out because of their modest, and obviously so, style of dress.
I know that in our Christian walk we have many things to focus on. I don’t even condemn folks to Hell for stepping out of the boundaries of God’s standards. It is by God’s loving grace that we sinners are getting to Heaven.
I’m just concerned about this sliding standard we (as Christians) have accepted. A thousand years ago women wouldn’t have dressed like they do today. And don’t tell me that times have changed. Even 60 years ago women were more modestly wrapped. For thousands of years women were covering and concealing more.
As for me and my house, we are trying to keep well within standards Biblically mandated by God.
Women should not be revealing more than is proper.
Your beauty should not come from outward adornment…instead it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit.
- 1 Peter 3:3-4
Our rule in its simplest form is this:
Clothing should not emphasize, reveal, or draw attention to the body’s form.
And guys, that goes for you too.
I’m not looking for everyone to wear a pink shawl down to their knees, but I would like to see a difference between a Christian and the girls and guys in the bars and nightclubs on the weekend. I’m talking about the “meat market” type of place.
Stating it again in plain English:
We might not be able to identify ourselves as Christians by our clothing, but we shouldn’t identify ourselves as sex crazed animals. Our Christian witness is the most important thing we can share. In the things we do and say and the way we live, all things should be for the glory of God.
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
- 1 Corinthians 10:31
And now I come to the other side of the coin.
Even if you think it is OK to dress a bit worldly, you should never intentionally cause your brother to stumble.
Something I say to my oldest son from time to time is, “is it worth it?”
So maybe you are saved and you want to dress like that because it makes you feel good about yourself. What kind of thoughts are going through other people’s heads about that low cut neckline or those tight jeans?
Is it worth being the cause of others’ sin?
Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God …
- 1 Corinthians 10:32
People might not see that you are obviously a Christian, but they should see an honorable lifestyle. Our daily witness in all things, every day is the true portrait that God gets of us.
If Jesus was your best friend and was with you and watching you all the time day to day, would He want to use you as an example to others?
Because remember, He is with you all day every day.
And you are an example to others about how a Christian lives.