I read an article online in early 2014 titled “striking-a-balance-between-fashion-and-faith”. Here is my version based on the Word of GOD.
The odd thing was, a few days after I read the article, a group of ladies gave me a task to address the young women in the vineyard at our monthly good women’s meeting. And after screaming, what? When? Why me? I strangely got excited, disregarding the scary butterflies that dealt with me within. The D-day came, how those ladies un-apologetically starred and pierced through my essence, body, soul and spirit. I still feel the intensity as I revisit putting this piece together in 2016.
I was quick in letting them know that I wasn’t a Preacher but simply a Sharer, not just for them to stare less or give a more friendly, warm stare, but because it was true and still is. I am a Sharer.
Please note: this is not for women exclusively. Men read and share with all the young-adult women in your life. Let’s dig right in, shall we?
Galatians 5; 16-26(MSG), read when you can.
My faith is my firm belief…, that which defines me and guides me. My faith validates me. My faith shuns indecent fashion and embraces that which is carefully and thoughtfully designed. So, it’s only natural I pick no interest in that which my faith frowns at.
The Bible says, dress modestly as is becoming of the saints. 1Tim 2:9a. And believe me when I say, modesty is gradually becoming a thing so ancient in our today’s fashion world as it is relegated to the backseat. Pastor Myles Munroe once said, ‘’you can tell a person’s country by how he/ she is dressed. So if you want to be addressed as a righteous person, dress that way because your dress reveals your culture”.
Fashion should be the expressed extension of my faith. Likewise, when my faith comes to terms with appreciating modesty, it automatically reflects my fashion/sense of style.
I do not entirely agree with the saying beauty is pain, which is the chorus of most women. For me, beauty is comfort. I say this is because when God created us(me), He was not in pain, I’m sure HE AS THE ALMIGHTY was in HIS comfort zone as The Creator, and I am His created. Do you get the picture?
”My faith should come first. I should allow that to sink into my very being. Now, this does not imply in any way that I should shove fashion aside, because as a child of GOD I have to look good, good enough to let the world know that I need not their help, and show them; a moderate, decent and exquisite (excellent, flawless) way to do it,”
Gal 2:20 I myself no longer live, but Christ lives in me. So I live my life in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself up for me.
Does Christ endorse indecent or overboard kind of fashion? I wager to say no, that should automatically channel my mind to the right style, yes? So my faith comes in, my belief is aware of this truth that; no longer my worldly self-alive, but Christ who is in me, which means, with His help, I am to do the right things deliberately, knowingly, consciously, purposefully, and effortlessly. Let me chip this in real quick, my ladies; fashion isn’t left out.
”Even Christ Our Lord showed He had a high fashion taste. Think of how those Roman soldiers were bidding for His robe. Matthew 27: 35, and when they had crucified Him, they divided and distributed His garments [among them] by casting lots. He had the best looking robe at that time, I’m sure. And we know He came to show us how to live out our lives, fashion inclusive. The world has got nothing on us.” Alleluia.
God is the perfect designer, and fashion isn’t left out. Matthew 6: 28. God clothing the lilies of the field with bright and beautiful colours. Seriously? And you want to tell me He knows nothing about fashion, just because he says be decent and moderate. For reals, though Rethink button now activated?… It should.
”Your faith sustains the freedom this world can never enslave, which means… fashion can’t enslave you unless, of course, you allow it” (I almost typed let her, like style is a she. LOL).
Mind me, not.
Checking out the history of Godly women in The Bible, just thinking yeah…, If Esther, Sarah, Deborah and so on were more fashion-conscious than faith-conscious, would they have done exploit for God? Queen Esther will forever be my first choice and preferred. Why? Her faith gave her guidance. (Your faith gives you direction). She was adorned with the finest, best fashion, the most expensive of them all, as the first lady indeed. But, her inner beauty stayed connected to her faith which was the fundamental source of her very being. She followed instructions, as dangerous and seemingly impossible as it were. No way in the world would fashion prepare her for such a daunting task, but her faith did prepare her. And through her, God gave her people victory.
Let’s not forget that there was a queen initially, in the person of queen Vashti. She lost her position as the first lady in a booming empire, her beauty notwithstanding and her highly on-point fashion self, all because of pride and disobedience. If Vashti were a woman whose Christian faith was intact, she would have understood how vital obedience, submission, and humility is in our Kingdom; that which only faith can activate, not fashion. And she wouldn’t have lost all, plus the possibility of God using her to still rescue the Jews without being Jewish herself.
God is cool like that.
Both queens went through the same beauty routine physically. They were both on point fashion-wise, only one queen allowed her faith to prevail over everything else, and the answer was apparent, and still is according to history. She made it into the Most Important Book in the world because of her grounded faith. Again, fashion couldn’t play a significant role.
A Christ believing brother got a question. What do you find attractive in a young woman?
His answer, quoting him, “The first thing you see about people is their appearance, whether good or bad. The way they dress is the way you begin to form an opinion about them. So definitely looks are important, and if you want people to believe you follow after God, then dress modestly, if not continue to dress yourself the way you are, still it’s essential to dress yourself to glorify God”.
The above answer brings me to the question, what should we, as Godly women and as citizens of the Kingdom, dress up? Yes, you read right.
Here is my simple thought, when we know the ‘what’, the ‘how’ becomes simple and easy. I can’t tell a grown-up lady how to dress up. Even young teenagers tend to have extreme opinions on how they choose to do fashion these days.
We sometimes forget to Keep in mind that our faith deals with our inner beauty, and fashion is very much what you see.
We take so much time in decking up fashion-wise; now, let’s look at some principles to allow our faith to dress up.
Values – Your values sure do have a way of putting you in check generally. If you don’t stand for something, anything will do. Well straightened out value saves your life from a lot of mess and helps you keep in mind what is most important. In this case, it is my faith over my fashion; HE (GOD) puts a little of heaven in our hearts so that we will not settle for less. Fashion-consciousness over faith consciousness is less, for which I can’t settle.
Words (very crucial) – We should clothe ourselves with the right words. James 1: 26, If you put yourself on a pedestal, thinking you have become a role model in all things religious, but you can’t control your mouth, then think again. Your mouth exposes your heart, and your religion is useless. So why take your time, upgrading and redefining yourself fashion-wise, and your words stink, with no cleaning house plan starting with the tongue.
Giving – James 2:14-18, 26 Dear friends, do you think you’ll get anywhere in this if you learn all the right words but never do anything? Does merely talking about faith indicate that a person has it? For instance, you come upon an old friend dressed in rags and half-starved and say, “Good morning, friend! Be clothed in Christ! Be filled with the Holy Spirit!” and walk off without providing so much as a coat or a cup of soup—where does that get you? Isn’t it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense?
18 I can already hear one of you agreeing by saying, “Sounds good. You take care of the faith department, and I’ll handle the works department.”
26. The very moment you separate body and spirit, you end up with a corpse. Separate faith and works, and you get the same thing: a corpse.
Acts 9: 35- end, the story of Dorcas. She was abounding in good deeds and acts of charity. Not fashion-oriented, and that cancelled untimely death. Think about it for a minute.
Priorities – The adornment of our souls must be our priority. 1Timothy 2:10. Which is more important? As far as focus is concerned, let us ask ourselves, is it our faith giving our fashion instructions, or it is the other way round.
Therefore, it is evident that we must balance by taking points from the word of God about the matters that establish a woman’s true beauty as regards the things that do matter, not getting tips from the pages of mags.
I remember my experience with my Dad many years ago, went to his office, though my spirit had a little fight with my eyes about the outfit, I was like, am only going to see my Dad. The moment I sat in front of him, he said to me, (after I tried defending myself saying I didn’t buy it, it was a gift) he said, not everything you are gifted, you wear. I felt triple bad because I didn’t listen to my mind’s voice.
”This is how I look at it personally… Christ already paid my bride price, so He is my husband, and I wouldn’t want to wear anything that would embarrass Him; this does the check and balance for me, constantly.”
So, amid all these trends, fashion craze and sisters, the most important thing to remember as a Godly woman is this, GOD is the only one we must answer. And our faith is what responds to Him.
The next time you are paying for that outfit. When next you address that man or woman when next you are in a position to help, and your values are confronted. Ask yourself whose anthem you are raising high, faith or fashion.
Allow me gladly announce this truth to you, as women of faith…, Our most important piece of clothing must be love. Colossians 3:14
Put me on record, this is yet another excellent plus faith has over fashion, and that is love. No fashion outfit, brand or label in the world (past, present and future) have been, is, or will be able to design love. It’s not just legally, legibly or humanly possible because they know absolutely nothing about Love ( The greatest faith principle).
My faith is my solid- fundamental-validating factor which is the manifestation of love. *wink
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