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The Language of Clothing

Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold or op putting on of apparel.  1 Peter 3:3


  Adam and Eve were the first to speak of clothing when they sewed fig leaves together to cover their bodies.  They were not making a fashion statement, nor were they trying to project an image or make an impression.  They were ashamed to be uncovered, and they used the resources at hand to do something about it.  God also spoke the language of clothing when He made them coats of animal skins.  He was saying, "It matters to me what you wear."  The Bible gives no record of how God designed their new clothing, but it is reasonable to assume that the garments were simple and modest.

  The language of clothing is highly developed today, and far more complex than it would need to be.  This is because people have a great many things they wish to say in this language.  It has the ability to express the same idea in a variety of ways.  For example, the language of clothing has more ways of saying "Look at me" than any other language.  Other well-used statements are "I am original" or "I am special" or "I am rebellious" or "I am impure."  Clothing may also be used to make quiet statements such as "I want to be modest" and "I do not want to tempt anyone with the sin of lust" and "I want people to see the Lord Jesus in my life.

  Clothing is a language of extremes.  It may be super long, extremely short, uncomfortably tight, unbelievably baggy, strictly formal, slouchingly casual, or blatantly bold.  Society has strayed far from God's principle of simplicity and modesty.  We ourselves will be blessed, and those around us will be too, if we speak this language in a simple but fluent form.

Gary Miller - Pantego, NC

Beside tThe Still Waters; Volume 22, Issue 1 January-February 2017


What you dare to wear may be a snare beyond compare.