4/21/12

God's dress code


Does God have a Dress Code?

The classical question of our generation is, does God have a dress code? It seems to me that only the oldest people of the church would sternly say yes. While anyone 40’s and under try and justify a low cut dress with plenty of leg action. Not Just women though, boy’s will go to church wearing clothes that were better prepared for a workout. The same guy in a suit at church will be in the gym with a “nipple” shirt [shirt that is cut from side to side usually revealing a nipple]. However we do find it more common with the women, especially of my generation. I’ve compiled a list of the usual excuses and have addressed them for this purpose. [Don't stop reading now men, if you read one thing skip to the part labeled "You Don't Know My Heart"]  If you’ve ever used any of these I have some unfortunate news, you were wrong and making an excuse [sorry to say, sometimes when it comes to God blunt is the answer. “You hypocrites, you brood of vipers!” – Jesus]

Nothing is cute & modest:

my girlfriend would agree
I've heard, and heard of girls suggesting this hypothesis. I've also heard girls proclaim that they don't want to look "grungy, or like a lesbian." Some of the most godly women i know will fight tooth and nail against this. Modesty is key, women can look cute without flaunting a God given gift. If modern culture defines what is cute then you should know it's wrong. [ "you are from below; I am from above. You are of this world I am not of  this world" - Jesus] When our innate goal in life is to be as similar as Christ as possible, and to be his shining example why would we desire to be like everyone else?

A question for the girls is, why is certain fashion considered cute? Tight jeans hug the curves of a body, while usually adorned with shiny "gems" on the buttocks. A man's greatest stumbling stone can be his eyes, drawn to desires his flesh cling too. If you take something already a struggle for your brother and then you make it sparkly and stand out as an "eye catcher" you've successfully aided Satan [congratulations]. Summer dresses are thin and flowing, plenty of skin is flaunted before a man. Low cut shirts reveal a part of you body meant only for your husband, even a strapless dress has the same poison.

If it is too hard for you to dress in attire that "isn't cute" because it doesn't bring in male attraction or attention that is accustomed to our generation then ask yourself a simple question, "Was it too hard for Christ to cause separation from the father He had known since before time so that I may not suffer that separation for eternity?" Chew on that.

"I also want women to dress modestly, with decent and propriety" - Timothy [Disciple for Christ]

The bible says Come as you are:

Jesus says, "come to me all who labor and are heavy laden, and i will give you rest." Come as you are is a theme presented in the bible. And it does welcome anyone and everyone to come to Christ. This may seem like the ticket to dress however you want to at church or anywhere else for that matter. However you shall come as you are, but leave as a new creature. [ If anyone is in Christ they are a new creature; the old things have passed away - Paul] So by definition of Paul in both Corinthians and Galatians, a Christian is a new creature who abandons the disease of the past. To declare Christianity but to live in the same self gratifying dress of your past identifies your as having had an external makeover with an internal damnation [wide and easy is the path to destruction - Jesus] 

You Don't know my heart:

Not knowing a heart does not justify sin, and this is the classic "Christian" defense when faced with an issue not deemed "a big deal." 

"As a dog returns to his vomit so a fool returned to his folly. Open rebuke is better than secret love." - Saul

"By their fruit you will recognize them." - Jesus

"I, The Lord, search the heart... according to the fruit of his doings." - LORD

No matter how hard you proclaim i don't know your heart, the fruit of your doings will reveal them to me. Our generation has been breed with the disclaimer that confrontation is wrong and rude. We like to believe that tolerance is the best mode of transportation. It looks nice on paper, but so does communism. From the very beginning of time God called us out as a sinful race. From birth we are called out on what is proper as a child and what is not. At what time does this way of life God has shown us get thrown away?  Christ was loving to all, but he called people out so that their vanity would be cast aside and they would grow. When confronted remember, open rebuke is better than secret love.

Back to the dress code, if you can't find why the fruit of your attire is bad let's point it out. By showing anyone in public your: cleavage, leg, bra, butt, or by covering your God given face with makeup then your are initiating the process of stumbling stones. As stated earlier a mans greatest stumbling stone is his eyes, "If you eye sins it is better to cut it out then to go to hell as a whole." - Jesus
Men have to take some blame for allowing their fleshly eyes to wander, but if you are the target of wandering for a multitude of men then it's a problem. No matter what you wear some men will stare, if you're dating and your boyfriend is pursuing you [in a righteous way] he will look at you and think you are beautiful [this does not mean when you date to dress down]. But if you are not dating and men stare at you, 9 times out of 10 they don't just think about how pretty you are. Peter uses the example of the damnation of those who rejected Christ as being caught on a stumbling stone. When men of Christ stumble because of your choice of fashion, it is comparable as to the damnation of the prideful rejector's of Christ.

The Dress Code for centuries:

"He shall put on the holy linen coat, and he shall have the linen breeches upon his flesh, and shall be girded with a linen girdle, and with the linen mitre shall he be attired: these are holy garments;" - Moses as commanded by God for entering the temple for sacrifice.

Rabbi's predating Christ would have to wear a special clothing as with respect towards God and the offering for the promises. After Christ came the temple was "destroyed and rebuilt in three days" and the "veil was torn in two." We now know that we are the temple of God and the church, we have the spirit dwelling in us. Our sacrifice is now our actions and our lips. If you are the temple of God, and the temple used to require precious [and modest] clothes for respect and honor to Gods holiness, then why don't you? If we are the temple and we are commanded too: "dress modest"; "not cause a stumbling stone"; and "be not of this world" why do you contest a simple dress code? Think on this, grow on this. Too many proclaim to be a christian with their lips, but through blind actions do not honor God.

If you finished the entire segment thank you for following God and me on this rant. I've learned more and more on respecting God and his holiness. At one point I was the child with the flip flops and shorts at church. Pride led me to ignore the [rude and snobby but nonetheless] calling out by my brothers in Christ. I had held onto this lesson for a while, but a recent collection of pictures from a Christian group with girls attending a Christian function had most of them flashing thigh and nearly falling out of their tops stirred me up. I hope that this is not read by deaf reasoning and is agreed upon by the masses all while no one absorbs the wisdom past the truth. I pray God instills you with the spirit of truth, strength, endurance, and wisdom. Be his hands and feet.

3 comments:

  1. I love articles like this. It's easy enough for most Christians to abide by the 10 commandments, but Jesus is much more concerned with your mental game and the attitude of your heart. I'm a personal trainer, and I often find my clients pushing the limits of what is appropriate, and I find myself intentionally looking away from plunging necklines to try and guard my thoughts. I find myself wondering if they even realize how much of a mental struggle they can put a Christian guy through.

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    1. Womens fashion seems to he like lying, at first you know its wrong and its not comfortable but after they keep doing it they dont even think about it. Immorality of america, keep fighting the fight

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  2. They start them young too.... I have 2 young girls and fight to buy modest clothing and I have to dig for that in the stores. They have skin bearing clothing for 6 year olds... it is sad.

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