TEXT: EXODUS 28, 2, 40; ZECH 3: 1 – 7; 1 TIM 2:9, 10; 1 PET 3: 3 – 4
PREACHER: Rev. Solomon Umazi
Dressing is one thing many people treat as private. Ironically, it is never a private affair at all. In fact, our privacy may not require so much of thoughtful dressing as does our public appearance. So we end up dressing not only for ourselves but consciously or unconsciously for others. And for the Christian, there is a crucial Third Eye on our dressing; and that is God whose interest is not so much on what and how we wear a dress but why (the motive) we do so. Considering the insidious trend among Christians, all in the quest of being fashionable and civilized, and this critical perspective of a ‘third eye’, a discourse on this subject is overdue. What is more, nobody (not a genuine Christian) can rightly say: it does not matter how I dress. At best, one may either snob people’s censure or absorb their accolade on your dressing.
Dressing is the covering of some essential part of the human body with clothes or ornament. Dressing therefore serves two basic purposes, namely: covering of nakedness and adorning. Anything not performing these functions is not necessary. While we are not expected to cover every part of the body, dressing must cover certain parts of the body. Uncovering such parts is referred to as nakedness or nudity (partial or total). Just as dressing is for glory and honour (Ex. 28:2, 40), it is shameful to be naked or nude except in the estate of matrimony. It is simply a sign of perversion to parade and glory in nakedness.
The scriptural watch words for the Christian in his or her dressing are modestly, decently and simplicity. (1Tim 2:9,10; 1Pet 3:3-4). Modesty, simplicity and decency can simply be put as refusing to make yourself the subject of remarks either by being under/overdressed or by dressing in a lax, untidy manner. Christians should dress in a modest and decent way, showing respect for God, their privacy, and the purity of the beholders. To dress modestly and decently implies dressing to provide sufficient covering on all seductive and suggestive parts of your body so that both you and others are not tempted to feed pride and sensuality (see Matt 5:28, “Everyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart”). We shall end this discourse in words of Samuel Bacchiocchi who rightly said, Clothes and appearance are most powerful nonverbal communicators not only of our socioeconomic status, but also of our moral values. We are what we wear. This means that the outward appearance is an important index of Christian character.
The call to dress modestly and decently summons every believer to reject the seductive dictates of fashion, choosing instead to painstakingly reflect both the form and power of godliness to the honour and glory of God.
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All the ministers are available every Tuesday and Wednesday from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm for anyone who has need for special prayers and counselling.
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Join the Thursday class at 5:00 pm.