By Karen O’Connor:
Faith and Fashion: Are they compatible?
I read a column in today’s Wall Street Journal about what’s in and what’s out when it comes to fashion. Shoulder pads from the 1980s are definitely out. Soft fabrics and slimmer lines are in. Men’s swimsuits are back to the boxer style “with drawstrings and dignity” as the headline proclaimed, and T-shirts and flip-flops are still okay.
I wondered, as I read, if anyone considered finding God in fashion. That may create a chuckle or a smirk. In church, maybe, but in fashion? Who’d believe that?
It’s worth a thought as I see it. After all, it was Jesus Himself who reminded us not to ask the question, “‘What shall we wear?” Your heavenly Father knows what you need. Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:31-33, NIV Bible).
Of course we want to look attractive and be part of the culture of our day. God does not expect us to walk around in togas and robes (though sandals have stood the test of time). But obsessing about the latest trends creates stress and competition and takes our hearts away from our Creator and the wonderful provision He has for each one of us. It also tempts us to wear clothing that reveals the parts of our bodies that should be kept to ourselves.
The next time you walk into a clothing store think about what really matters—dressing for the one who made you––and then select clothes after first finding God in fashion.
I really like this passionate YouTube video with Elizabeth Inrig from Trinity Church in Redlands, California on how to dress modestly and attractively.
Modesty and the Christian Woman
©Karen O’Connor. Karen is an author, writing mentor, and frequent contributor to the Finding God Daily blog. Visit Karen on the web at www.karenoconnor.com.
Comments welcome! Have you found creative ways to be fashionable yet modest at the same time?