Why can’t I wear a swimsuit to a church wedding? Or pyjamas to a job interview?
While people may not necessarily love me less because I have dressed inappropriately, they certainly will think me selfish and a fool.
How you dress says a lot about you and like it or not, people notice what you wear because observation is one of the many perks of having sight.
I think it’s weird when someone tells you what to wear, yet as Christians we are given a dress code from the Bible.
Since God chose you to be the holy people He loves, you must CLOTHE YOURSELVES with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.
Above all, CLOTHE YOURSELVES with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.
Weirdly enough, the Bible also gives us minimalist tips on what clothes to throw out;
But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behaviour, slander, and dirty language.
When I’m home, I’m in my comfort clothes. I really only answer to myself for how I dress at home. But the moment I step out in public, I’m putting myself under the inescapable scrutiny of the masses.
The biblical stand on marriage is clear. The Word of God shows the consequence of living the same-sex lifestyle. That is me in my comfy clothes; at home with what I know and with other Bible-believing Christians. But outside the church, debating these topics using the bible as text is inappropriate. It will not be received. It’s the same as if someone came to me outside and used their spiritual convictions to tell me to cover my hair because I’m a woman. Your belief has no authority over me.
It’s so easy to point at someone and say, “How YOU are living is wrong, YOU must make a 180° change or else [insert dire earthly/eternal consequence here]”
But we can see it is a selfish and foolish agenda.
You may think you can condemn such people, but you are just as bad, and you have no excuse! When you say they are wicked and should be punished, you are condemning yourself, for you who judge others do these very same things.
We all need Christ to make it out of here alive.
(FYI the Bible says a whole lot more about pride than it does about homosexuality. But for some reason we don’t see the proud mobilising together. Prolly not team players.)
We’re all weary about changing society; a fair bit of what we grew up thinking as fact is now undergoing massive identification renovation. We’re all about to see how a stroke of the pen is changing the future of our generations.
One of the most sacred gifts God gave humanity is the power of choice.
If that’s the case, then the least I can do is extend you the courtesy I extended myself; the choice to choose. And clothe myself above all else, in love.
Inspired by Pastor Mark Elmendorp
Listen to the whole sermon here:
Thinking of: The Belonging Co’s Peace Be Still, Camila Cabello’s Havana and how I’m still in Your hands.