An online fashion site describes fashion as a medium that “helps us to show who we are and depict our personality in the terms of visual information. In the way we choose clothes we show our attitude to the world and other people.”
This brief description is a nutshell of what I would have loved to expound on regarding the taste in fashion of most Christian women. My emphasis being on us ladies who claim to be Christians- born again, spirit filled children of the Living God-(No apologies professing my faith here).
As a matter of fact, the recent online pictures of Hollywood actress and wife of a preacher, Megan Good is a strong source of concern for Christian women. It’s written in the Holy Bible that man judges people based on their outward appearance but God looks at the inside (heart) and its intent-(1 Sam 16:7).
Agreed, but does this give us the leeway to dress inappropriately? Our hearts may be right with God, but shouldn’t our outward appearance communicate same to others? Who cares about what you wear so long you bought it with your money; anyways, your spouse, family or friends are not complaining? You know what? Someone cares, as a matter of fact, God actually cares.
Maybe we should go back in time; way back into the Garden of Eden. After Adam and Eve sinned, they tried to hide their nakedness from God; If God wasn’t interested in their outward appearance, He would just have allowed Adam and Eve to dress themselves the way they dimmed fit while He concerned Himself with matters of their heart and soul. Instead, knowing that hiding their nakedness amongst the trees or bushes was not appropriate, God went ahead to make for them clothes from animal skin to give them a proper covering.
There is an adage that says, “Dress the way you want to be addressed;” The way we dress tells a lot about who we are. It doesn’t matter how much you spend on what you wear, if it communicates the wrong message, then you have a problem on your hands.
A woman who wants respect and honour should dress as such. The Christian woman in particular must not compromise her faith by conforming to certain inappropriate standards of the world’s fashion style.
The Christian woman is not just like every ordinary woman on the street, or in the workplace or home front. She is a role model to a lot of people-known and unknown.
If I should summarise her qualities as described in the Bible, she is a Super-natural woman. She is in control of herself, her family and her career. Nothing and no-one can push her off the brink.
So why then is she easily beguiled into dressing in ways that would question what she professes for Christ? The Bible has categorically stated that we mustn’t conform to the standard of the world but transformed by the renewing of our minds. A right thinking woman will always buy clothing that is decent and well fitted for her body. Not because Miss A or Mrs B dresses in some skimpy clothes the world applauds as ‘classy’ (yet very visible to the human eye that it’s inappropriate) we want to be seen as classy too by wearing clothes in like manner.
Megan Good may be a Hollywood star but she is also a pastor’s wife and as such, she has a greater responsibility to her fans and church members. I don’t mean to sound judgmental but with that kind of stunt she pulled at the BET awards, there is a strong possibility of her husband’s congregation suffering a division crisis.
A Christian woman should be seen as the reflection of God’s gentle, humble, modest and motherly nature. She is one who nurtures, cares for and builds a home (church)-not destroying it.
I believe fashion is a good thing for the Christian woman when she applies it in a decent and modest style while still looking elegant without causing distractions for others and herself. She must stand her ground and define her own fashion style that would not dishonour God or her reputation.
Except in the bedroom when in your nightees, a woman’s attire must be like the Boy Scout motto: “be prepared”. Wherever you find yourself, your dressing must not catch you unawares. A woman who has no respect for herself or the people around her would dress in the most provocative and un-presentable manner.
I rest my case with this scripture from the Holy Bible (The trusted compass for our journey through this passing world):
“I want women to show their beauty by dressing in appropriate clothes that are modest and respectable. Their beauty will be shown by what they do, not by their hair styles or the gold jewelry, pearls, or expensive clothes they wear. This is what is proper for women who claim to have reverence for God.” – (1Tim 2:9-10 GWT)
I would appreciate your comments too.
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