Sunday, June 5, 2011

Goin' ta church clothes

As my friends @ blog, Is This Modest would say...

..."A generation ago, you’d never find someone going to church that wasn’t wearing “Sunday Go To Meeting Clothes”. Men and women would go to church wearing their “Sunday Best” which would be a suit for men and a dress for the women. They would both wear hats, but the men would take them off at the door (of course)."                                                                                          Today things are different.  Whereas I think we definitely should try and dress up more for Sunday than Monday through Saturday, there are more sides to the discussion:
  1. Dressing like an Easter egg, or a brown-clad-and-all-covered Bible-basher might make others uncomfortable if they don't dress just like you.  Great point!  I've noticed that sometimes when I really dress up, my friends don't know how to interact with this done-up thing I decided to pull off.  But, just as your choice of clothing is your own, and your average-Jo off the streets first-time-in-church should be respected even if wearing jeans and a crumpled t-shirt, we all can choose for ourselves how we present ourselves.
  2. Modest clothing, bright hats, long skirts, and high heals are uncomfortable.  God wouldn't want us to be focused on uncomfortable clothes when worshiping in His place.  True... Whereas part of modesty isn't just in what you wear, but how you wear it, what your heart is about, and if your comfortable with what your wearing, modest clothing is usually, and should be comfortable.  For example, if you cannot stand high heels, do not wear them!  If you feel totally awkward in a long, flowing skirt, wear something else!  But it is a must to be modest.  Modest clothing is comfortable, and comes in a style that you like if you will just look around and be creative.
  3. I don't have any "church clothes" people think are acceptable where I go to worship, even if they are modest, but I don't feel comfortable, or obedient wearing what they think I should.  Am I wrong, or are they?  Good question!  If their expectations are very strict, then perhaps, if you get a good chance to (ask God for help) you can ask them politely why they have the conviction they do.  It could just be that they are a bit stubborn in their personal convictions and feel God wants them to dictate that to everyone else.  Then it may be something God will have to deal with their hearts about.  Be gracious, and bear with the failings of others in the church, edifying them.  If it is something that really isn't wrong, but offends someone else, you should consider 1 Cor 8:9, Romans 14:13, and others that deal with not using your free rights in any way that will make your brothers and sisters in Christ stumble.  If that is the issue, please consider changing the thing that severely offends them.  After all, we should sacrifice ourselves for others, and the Christian walk isn't always going to be comfortable. 
And now, for the thought that modest clothing, or "dressing up" for church is outmoded or ugly, have I got a breath of fresh air for you! 

Long skirts are from long ago... well they are back!


A style of long skirts is the
"broom skirt" or "crinkle skirt"
The middle-eastern flare of
earthy colors is so popular
its not even funny. :D

A beautiful summer,
or winter fashion that
is finding its way
back... and not just
for homeschoolers :)
 

Long and tight skirts tend
not to look modest, so go
for the flare!

See, you can look
casual with a longer
skirt. Sweet look!



 

 










Dresses are for grandmas!  Well, grandmas aren't gettin' any younger, so they passed this one on for ya'.


Even blacks, whites and greys
are OK for comfy, casual church
go-ers.

Incredibly simple and
cute.  Add a ribbon
belt to give more
character


Flowers make
everything
"in"



Creme' de la creme'


How fun!  Add leggings
and a pink top under-
neath to make it a
modest dream outfit.
















A few solutions to "iffy" outfits.

Leggings!

Choose bright leggings
to pop with any "normal"
outfit


This is truly cute!


Be sure that leggings don't
take the place of pants.
Skirts that are just too short
just should be
avoided.

The undershirt!

A good cami, or under-
shirt, should be a bit
snug, and go up rather
high, in order not to
gape open, or too low,
defeating the purpose


Many brands dedicated to women's
modesty make good undershirts, or
camisoles, but if they are hard to get,
try a long tank top in the men's
department.  Hey, it works!


Almost any outfit can be
made more modest, and
cute with a cami
 Tights!


You say what?!  Tights?
Yeah, and they still can
look good. 


1 Timothy 2:9-10
I also want the women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, adorning themselves, not with elaborate hairstyles or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, 10 but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God.

I know you have heard this a thousand times, but true beauty comes from the heart. Your beauty should first - always first - come from within, and them you can play with modest fashions all you want.  Yes, it is really all about the heart that makes you beautiful.  And just in case you were wondering, guys think so too.  ;)

If dressing modestly, or wearing Christian witness clothing is an issue of pure embarrassment for you, I hope you don't mind if the Bible gets down to business on that one.

Mark 8:38

If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”
And again in Luke 9:26.
Yes, these are straight forward words that we need to love and obey our Father in heaven.  The first step to positive change is realizing that its needed, and that it is good.  Then, if you ask Him, God is more than willing to help you change.  He only says these things for your own benefit!

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