Balancing Faith and Fashion
Fashion is a way of life; it is how something is done or a trend that is on. Fashion could also be the latest and most admired style in clothes and cosmetics, or behavior, and this is why it could be easily described as a passing fad because it could be in vogue today and tomorrow, out of circulation. Some of the trendy fashions (in vogue) are:
- Tight fitted trousers for men
- Sagging trousers for me
- Keeping trousers for men
- Transparent clothing for ladies
- Tight fitted clothing to accentuate/reveal body curves
- Use of heavy and excessive make-up
- Heavy earrings/jewelry
- Crazy jean clothes
- Blouses or dresses with low neck line to reveal the cleavage
- Short skirts or dresses that expose the thighs
- Short blouses that expose the naval etc.
There is a link between fashion and faith because our taste is affected by our beliefs. Our motive is very important in whatever we do. As Christians, everything about us should point others to Jesus Christ. There is a difference between beauty (1 Peter 3:3-4) and sensuality. The body of Christ should not dress in a way to draw the attention to physical beauty (1Timothy 2:9-10). When you look in the mirror are you looking for sexiness or fruits of a biblical woman?
The intentions of a worldly woman and a godly woman are different. A Godly woman guards her sexuality with a modest attitude and modest apparel that does not draw lustful attention. She seeks to glorify God and not herself. Her life shows the worship of God and not the flesh. (1Timothy 2:9-10).
The way that you dress reveals your heart. There is no getting around this, Immodesty shows a wicked an unclean heart. Immodesty shows ungodliness and spiritual immaturity. There are pretty women who dress inappropriately who will never look as beautiful as a woman dressed modestly.
Godly women know their significance in Christ. You don’t need to prove anything to anyone. If you dress for sensuality, you are sending out negative energy and will attract ungodly people. Christian women need to respect themselves and embrace modesty. Teach people to see you for who you are. Not some sex object nor some toy, but a woman who is after the heart of Christ (1 Peter 3:3-4)
Especially in the church, all women must understand that dressing decently is a distraction and are competing against God’s glory, attention and honour. The less you advertise yourself, the less chance that someone will lust after you. Some people are going through war right now regarding lust. One needs to be held more accountable as well as because there are many Christian women who are going through a battle. Let’s not make it harder for each other. As Christian, you don’t want to be a stumbling block for your brothers and sisters neither do you to be degraded in the minds of the people. A virtuous woman is clothed with strength and dignity. If your clothing draws attention to your body to outline it, you need to change. Some people feel like the only way they can get noticed is by showing off. How does your life glorify God when your breasts are hanging out of your clothing, exposed, when your body is being seen through your clothing and your legs are being revealed immodestly? (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
It is imperative that we consciously strive to strike a balance between our faith and fashion in times like this so that we do not become more like the world. Moderation should be our watch word as Christians and we should not forget the mandate of God upon our lives. Jesus Christ our savior paid the price for our salvation and commissioned us to make disciples of all men. We can only disciple men for Christ if we are distinct from the world, becoming more like Christ in everything and living an exemplary life. We should be focused and not allow distraction by the ever changing fashion of this world. It takes the disciplined mind filled with the Holy Spirit to take such decision when we are in the midst of multitudes.