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The Christian Corner: Christian Dress Code

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Christian Dressing

Christian Dressing

Christian Dress Code

Dressing has always been an important factor in Christianity and other religions. Especially the attire of a woman who has deemed to be of the Christian or Muslim faith. But what is it about Christian attire which we should be mindful of? What does the Bible say about how Christians should attire? If not, who made the rules of dress code for the Christian faith and why?

The thing is, clothing worn in Biblical times in places mentioned in the Bible were much different than the clothes being worn today. Back in those days’ people wore more cloth. In Biblical times, the clothing of men and women had little difference in many regions. Both men and women wore a loose woolen robe like cloak as an outer garment. Normally fasted at the waist with a sash or belt. A tunic or coat, a long piece of cloth, leather or haircloth with holes for arms and head was normally worn under the cloak. The footwear was generally sandals. This was the basic fashion in those times and people basically thought little of clothing. The women understood the importance of covering up and the men would have thought little of women who didn’t.

There are a few passages in the Bible which speaks about attire. Let’s take a look at Timothy 2 verses 9-10. It says, “Women should 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.

Simply put, God seeks women who are of a scuttle nature when it comes to their attire. Not just for women who profess the word of God, but even for those who are yet to understand the kingdom in the heavens.

The Good Book Also Says

Deuteronomy 22:5

“A woman shall not wear a man's garment, nor shall a man put on a woman's cloak, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord your God.

Then the Bible speaks of attire for worship.

1 Corinthians 11:5-10

But every wife who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head, since it is the same as if her head were shaven. For if a wife will not cover her head, then she should cut her hair short. But since it is disgraceful for a wife to cut off her hair or shave her head, let her cover her head. For a man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God, but woman is the glory of man. For man was not made from woman, but woman from man. Neither was man created for woman, but woman for man.

Today's Christian Dressing

Modern times breed modern and self-worship thinking about dressing as a child of Christ. The church has become so modern that it has strayed from the very essence of God and more on the Glory of tithes and offerings. Women attend church with half of their body made from plastic and metals. They attire as Christians in fake nails, fake eyelashes, plastic body parts and the most revealing clothes. The men are trailing right behind them wearing the tightest if pants, the most expensive suits and the latest trend in sneakers and boots. Church or Christian attire today is all about fashion and who looks best in the eyes of men and have fallen flat on attracting the goodness of God. Once a Christian man or woman adores themselves in garments they become lovers of themselves and the materialistic things of earth. Christian women who wear extremely tight and revealing clothes are hoarders of lust. Lust is a distraction from the word of God. Men who do the same same as their christian women who wear tight fitted pants and lushes themselves with expensive jewelry also have fallen short in God's grace.

Dressing To Look and Feel Great While Dressing Modestly

The main problem with Christianity today is freedom. Yes, everyone creates their own set of rules as to what to do while ignoring the rules already set within the Bible. As a Christian man or woman, you can buy and wear good clothes that which feels great wearing and at the same time is considered a modest wear. Women don’t have to attire in the shortest and thinnest dress to attract a husband at church or on the streets, the sleazier you dress the more trash you attract. Christian men don’t have to be wearing the most expensive suites in the store or an expensive name brand watch to draw in women or feel important. You can look good without all the fandangles. Remember that a Christian should stand out and shine no matter where in the world they are. They shine by their words, their actions and how they dress and look.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Clive Williams


Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on November 14, 2019:

If one goes to church to show off by wearing gold and expensive clothing, is it wrong? Only the person knows. If we literally took the bible as it is written, women would have to go into a closet to pray, and she could not cut her hair. I guess I'm saying, to each his own. The heart leads us.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on November 14, 2019:

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Nice article Clive but I wonder whether this dress code is relavent in the modern age. Look Islam got bogged down with the burkha, Christainity should not allow that.

Jason Reid Capp from Myrtle Beach, SC USA on November 13, 2019:

If you call yourself a Christian (Little Christ), then Jesus's words should be the most important. So... when did Jesus talk about how to dress? And did Jesus dress with "modesty" or "to look good"?

Jesus didn't care about such things, because they are not Kingdom values. What was written in the OT was written for religious reasons, and what Paul wrote in the NT was written for cultural reasons of the time. Both scenarios do not apply in the modern age, and if you think they do, then you should be following all of the other rules that Leviticus, Deuteronomy, and Paul suggested. Otherwise, it just comes off hypocritical to strongly suggest one teaching while completely neglecting other laws and rules.

"Dressing up" for church did not become a thing until roughly a 1000 years ago when the Catholic Church decided to elevate the image within the church. Before this time, it was barely talked about, but for whatever reason, this has become a bizarre debate within the church today.

Just dress respectably, whether that is casual or formal, and if that bothers you, that speaks more about yourself than the "problem of attire".

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on November 13, 2019:

I have noticed over the years that people are dressing more casually in church, which, of course, includes women. They do not seem to dress in a provocatively but just more casual. I am familiar with the verses from the Bible that you quoted and I think in today's fashions that most women are probably doing okay.

Clive Williams (author) from Jamaica on November 13, 2019: made the devil laugh

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on November 13, 2019:

Good article Clive. Yes, I dress like good Christian. It's Christian Dior or

Clive Williams (author) from Jamaica on November 12, 2019:

dress for God

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on November 12, 2019:

From Seoul to Louisiana to Berlin I espoused my belief in Christ. But I do not get this "dressed" thing. You lost me.

GreenMind Guides from USA on November 12, 2019:

I believe you're suggesting that a garment like the burqa is proper attire for Christian women.

Ryan Jarvis Cornelius from Hollywood, FL on November 12, 2019:

Very enlightening. These are things often taken for granted. The simple things are ignored. Im sharing this.

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