“…women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control…”
1 Timothy 2:9
In his article “Why What You Wear Matters,” Gregg Allison, professor of Christian Theology at Southern Seminary, provides some helpful thoughts to keep in mind during our next trip to the store or the closet…
One concrete expression of dedicating one’s body for divine purposes is the clothing one wears. This seemingly mundane matter actually receives more attention in Scripture than one might expect; indeed, it is an important aspect of human embodiment.
When God created Adam and Eve, they were “naked and unashamed” (Gen. 2:25). Their fall into sin, however, introduced a sense of shame and led them to a futile attempt to solve their predicament (Gen. 3:7-11). In his mercy, God provided appropriate clothing to cover human nakedness (Gen. 3:21). Thus, clothing is a post-fall necessity to deal with sin and shame…
5 Scriptural Principles For What You Wear
- Understand that clothes communicate something about those who select and wear them. Christians should dress sensibly, being conscious of their selection in clothing.
- Avoid ostentatious clothes that draw attention to one’s status of wealth and privilege.
- Dress modestly, not sensually, avoiding seductive clothes that draw attention to one’s sexuality.
- Dress properly, using good judgment and avoiding clothes that associate the wearer with rebellion and evil.
- Spend wisely and fittingly on clothes, guarding against purchasing so as to overtax one’s budget and considering what is appropriate in light of personal, family, church, and world needs.
Clearly, these principles apply as much to men as to women. Even the clothes Christians wear should confirm their profession of the gospel.
Read the entire article at The Resurgence.
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