Did you know there is a Christian dress code?
You’re probably wondering what I mean by a Christian dress code. Are we supposed to wear some uniform and all look alike? No, but there is a standard in God’s Word for how Christian women should dress, and if we are serious about being a devoted follower of Jesus Christ, we need to understand what that standard is.
We do have biblical guidelines that we need to understand as we determine what our dress code will be. Here is what we learn from the Bible about clothes and God’s principles concerning them;
God invented clothes. He clothed Adam and Eve after sin entered the Garden of Eden. At first Adam and Eve never had to wear clothes. Nakedness was not shameful and clothing was not necessary. But they immediately recognized the need for covering their bodies after sin entered the picture. It was the first effect of sin–shame and a need to cover up their nakedness.
God’s dress code from the beginning has been to cover our nakedness. And God designed the clothing to cover the whole body, not just the private parts. Clothes were not for revealing the body’s shape or drawing attention to body parts; rather they were intended by God to take attention away from the body.
Here are two other passages that define what the Christian dress code should be:
_I also want women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God_. 1 Timothy 2:9-10
_Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight_. 1 Peter 3:3-4
The principles we find here are:
🔘We should dress modestly, with decency and propriety.
🔘We should not wear clothes or accessories for the purpose of trying to draw attention to ourselves or to show off
🔘Inner beauty is far more important than outer beauty and it should be far more highly desired that outward things we do to look good.
Let’s ask the question: What does it mean to dress modestly with decency and propriety? Though styles have changed from generation to generation, modesty never changes. Modesty may take different looks but it will always be modest, no matter what generation we are in or what the current fashion may be.
Modest dress will not say sex or pride or money. But it certainly can say good taste, attractive and pretty. A Christian woman should want to do the best she can with what God has given her. Our clothes don’t need to scream Christian, But they should quietly say modest and appropriate.
Modest clothes do not exploit a woman’s body or features. Modest clothes will not display body parts for the purpose of drawing attention to them. Not only does modesty require that certain body parts should be completely covered, but also that the shape of our bodies should not be unnecessarily and immodestly emphasized with tight fitting clothes. Women shouldn’t wear those low-cut dresses that reveal their cleavage or short skirts that reveal their shape. Anytime we rebel against these biblical principles, it is because we don’t want to obey God.
With all my heart I urge you to think about your own attitudes toward what you put on your body. Pray about it if you find yourself rebelling against God’s standard of modesty.
Every woman has a responsibility to a brother in Christ in the way she dress. _Make up your mind not to put any stumbling block in your brother’s way_. Romans 14:13
I sometimes feel afraid to ask a Christian woman to cover up herself up because am scared she’ll think am judging her in self righteousness. We are responsible for our thoughts and actions but God will hold you accountable when you knowingly dress immodestly for the purpose of looking ‘sexy’.
Do you want a man or a boy to be attracted to you simply because of sexual desire or lust? That’s what prostitutes do. Or do you want to attract a man because he sees something much more valuable in you than just outward beauty? What kind of man do you want to attract? The way you dress sends that message.
WRITTEN BY: JUSTICE ANNOBIL, sAmInSpiReSbLoG team member.