Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Glorifying Jesus in Attire

"In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;
But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works." -- 1 Timothy 2:9,10

Leave it to your typical, American "Christian" to distort and/or ignore the plain teaching of the scripture above (and many other passages of scripture). The Bible is not by any means silent when it comes to instructions (commandments) on how a Christian's attire ought to be. Not only do we have plain texts like in 1st Timothy, but we also have general principles of conduct and attitude as the verse below:

"Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble." -- 1Peter 5:5

I will agree that this passage does not deal directly with physical clothing, but the principle that is borne from the text is this: Your entire life should demonstrate humility. Most Christian will excuse principles and commandments in the Bible by saying, "You don't know my heart" as if one could be inwardly righteous without the fruit of such righteousness showing forth outwardly. An attitude of humility will certainly be revealed in one's attire. Obviously (to those who feel like people ALWAYS have to give a balancing truth statement to every point they make) no one believes that dressing in a plain way automatically makes one humble. But if someone is truly humble, their daily clothing will prove it.

There are generally two heart attitudes that are displayed outwardly when it comes to clothing:

1) I want to draw attention to myself

2) I want to do what is pleasing in the sight of the LORD.

The first category certainly includes those who dress overtly plain to a ridiculous extent, in order to draw attention to themselves as being holier than everyone else. Please note that the definition of "modest" comes from the word "moderate"; this would imply that you can be "immodest" in more ways than just dressing like a harlot.

But women and men are to be modest and show forth humility in their attire. All the glory should go to Jesus Christ alone. And it just so happens to be that women are the chief means by which God shows his character (in attire); this is because most women in America in the 21st century dress more abominable than whores did many year ago. A women who dresses to please God and not reveal herself, and who demonstrates an attitude of humility, is going to stand out; but she stands out for the glory of God and exaltation of Jesus Christ.

Modesty and Humility in Men's Attire

Just so all the "balance" worshipers will not cry and whine that I did not mention men, I will mention men; actually no, it really is important to point out that many men dress in an immodest way. But I do not mean by revealing their bodies, as women do. As stated earlier, the word "modest" is not primarily about whether you dress to entice someone to sexual arousal. Definition number 4 in Webster's 1828 Dictionary states it pretty well:

4. Moderate; not excessive or extreme; not extravagant; as a modest request; modest joy; a modest computation.

So when you have men gathering to worship God (or supposedly doing so) while seeking to impress others with fancy suites and ties, and all that, you have an example of immodesty. The same goes for fancy accessories and the like. These are demonstrations of the pride of life or even variations of the others marks of "all that is in the world (1John 2). Friend, you are not wearing that to "give your best to the LORD", you are doing that to impress others and to make yourself stand out, or get complimented, etc.

Now here again is the passage of scripture in 1st Timothy that I mentioned at the onset of this blog entry, that Christians of almost every denomination utterly distort, hide from, and dance around with all their might:

"In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;
But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works." -- 1 Timothy 2:9,10

Let's try to put this in even more plain English, so the folks who do not want to take up their cross, bear the reproach of Christ, and suffer for his sake, can improve their dodging, ducking, and dancing skills:

Women; wear modest apparel; do not be excessive or extreme. Do not be extravagant. Have a spirit of humility and quietness/seriousness. Do not be bold and brash (yes, the spirit of your attitude is part of your adorning). Adorn yourself in this way, however, do not try to draw attention to your beauty by braiding your hair and making it all fancy. Do not adorn yourself with gold. Do not adorn yourself with pearls. Do not wear costly array. Do not adorn yourself in a manner that in your subconscious you desire people to say, "Look how beautiful she is!" Women who are truly godly and pleasing to the LORD do not do such things. But rather, they let their good works show forth true beauty, as defined by the LORD, not men.

Point out the plain text of scripture here to almost any church-goer or professing Christian, and you will hear the 1001 excuses of why they really do not have to obey the word of God or why the scripture really does not mean what it plainly says.

Whatever the excuse, we all know the real reason is this: Modern Christians do not want to lose their life for the sake of Jesus Christ. They want to remain comfortable and "be carried to the skies on flowery beds of ease" (Am I a Solider of the Cross?). So forget dying for the sake of Jesus Christ. Forget confessing his name before men (Matthew 10:32) in the face of persecution; Christians will not even be uncomfortable for Jesus, let alone die for him!

Perhaps on another post I will mention two other subtopics that go along with this theme:

The objection that The Bible does not say that women cannot wear pants
A Meek and Quiet Spirit

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