The Christian And His Wardrobe

Text: Genesis 3:7, 21; Isaiah 3:16-24
Would the Lord be proud of this?
When we talk of the wardrobe of a Christian, we don’t mean the physical wooden, cement, or metal wardrobe but what he wears on his body.

The reason we wear clothes is clear from the Scriptures: to cover our nakedness. Anything more than this is to show off. It is important to note that a believer does not wear anything that can cause embarrassment or being ridicule to him, to the Church or to the name of Christ.

Believers must be careful with what they wear. When costly apparels begin to come into the wardrobe, it is a sure sign that consecration, commitment, modesty, self-denial, self-discipline have been put aside. And as it happened to Herod, the pride that comes thereof can lead to death (Acts 12:21-23).

We are to avoid too extremes of gorgeous dressing and shabby outlook because this will brings reproach to the name of Christ and His Church. We are to “let (our) moderation be known unto men” (Philippians 4:4). Seeking the glory of God and basic Christian moderation are timeless principles that guide the Christian in both texture and style of his clothes. It is often better to steer a sane, middle course. While we cannot afford to be stumbling block to others through our dressing and outlook, we cannot also tolerate shabby, shameful, scanty dressing.

Use of bathroom slippers to public places, hairdo patterned after some worldly superstars in music, sports, etc., obscene dressing that exposes underwear must be avoided. If a Christian is medically advised to keep beard, he must be clean-shaved. The Bible position – total abstinence – on use of jewellery, earrings, necklace, must be upheld. Ostentatious or worldly dressings are not part of Christian adornment. We cannot dress like Jezebel.

The Christian must always look descent, approachable and affable. The haircut of the Christian brother must not be repulsive or bushy. As a principle, do not put on what you cannot wear if Jesus were to go out with you. “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31).

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