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What Does the Bible Say About Clothing? How Should Christians Dress?

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Have you ever wondered; what does the bible say about clothing? Check out this fabulous blog post to find out more on the subject.

The world today has thousands of different fashion styles, not all which the Bible condones.

While there's a lot of variety in what you could where, what should you according to the Bible? Because of the age of the Bible, we shouldn't expect to wear the same clothes that people did a thousand years ago. With that said, maybe there's some insight into fashion that we can get from the bible.

So, what does the bible say about clothing?

What Does the Bible Say About Clothing?

There aren't many modern specifics given in the bible. For example, the bible doesn't say anything about fidget spinner necklaces, but there are some guidelines that Christians should try to adhere to.

Modesty is Important

The focus of a Christian should be on their character and their relationship to the lord, not what they are wearing. With that said, some clothing can be distracting to one's self and others who are should be focusing on other things.

Paul says, "women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control.." This quote can be subjective relating to the fashion standards of the day. A lot of the clothes considered suitable in one Christian culture may be taboo in others.

For this reason, it's important to focus on your clothing and see how it fits with the rest of the culture that you live in. This is because modesty relates to the way that you view yourself in relation to others. You should try your best not to boast or dress down, because these things, when done intentionally, reflect that you are a feeling of superiority.

It's wonderful to feel great and look beautiful, but try and make yourself humble before the lord first, and attract attention to yourself less.

What Are You Trying to Say With Your Clothing?

The primary question you should ask yourself when you approach clothes is whether the clothing reflects a focus on one's self or a focus on the lord.

Particularly scandalous clothing can reflect beliefs and intentions that are contradictory to the values laid out in the bible. While clothing differs among cultures, there are always going to be some garments that reflect a lack of character.

The idea is that the more you focus on your heart, and your progress in your relationship to the lord, the better you will be at choosing humble clothes. Clothing with hateful speech and unthoughtful logos also reflect a lack of commitment to the lord.

While you may not be thinking about your faith while buying these clothes, and certainly don't buy them in an act of rebellion against the lord, the outcome of wearing this clothes says otherwise. Your clothing should promote peace and love. You should not wear anything which separates or expresses ungodly views.

Are You a Slave to Trends?

Another thing to consider is the mindlessness of fashion trends. While fashion is always changing and has changed considerably over the ages, there are small trends that rise and fall all the time.

You should do your best to be true to your wardrobe and your style, not falling prey to advertisements and fads. Certain changes in clothing represent different cultural movements that you may not be aware of. While it is important to stand behind different movements that promote peace, other movements are ungodly.

If you do decide to take up on a trend, make sure you understand it's implications. Do some research to find out how this style of clothing became popular and what other Christians have to say about it. Make an informed decision on whether you should promote those ideas.

A lot of trends are indiscrete and immodest. They reflect a weakness that shows one's lack of commitment to their values. A person should not do and wear exactly what their friends are doing and wearing. Instead, they should act in a way that reflects an understanding of the bible.

Are You Putting Your Money Toward the Right Things?

Reading Matthew 6:28 will help you to get a grasp of your relationship with money. Clothing can seem like the greatest thing right now, but could that money have gone to a better cause?

Consider the homeless man sitting outside of the mall. Could your twenty dollar t-shirt have been better off as a twenty dollar bill for him to have a meal? Or does your church need its members to give more communion to support local kids in need?

Consider the larger implications of your purchases. This ties us back to the idea of fashion trends and fads. These fads will last only a couple of months or years at most.

If your focus is on the lord and making the world a better place, you should be spending your money in a way that God would approve of. With that said, sometimes looking good will help you do the lords work. After all, if we want to dress in a way that reflects the lord, we should dress very beautifully.

Dress in a way that is elegant, dignified, and strong. If you're in need of support and guidance in finding clothing that looks this way, talk with your church and see what they have to say. Not all your parish is going to be out of touch with style trends and godly clothing.

Speak with some people your age and see what experiences they've had with deciding on what to wear and what it says about them.

Find Guidance on Other Issues as Well

There are millions of questions that the modern Christian has to answer. One of those questions is definitely, "what does the bible say about clothing?"

Because we're so separate from nature, and there are pieces of new technology and culture coming into play each day, it can be hard to know where to turn and what to use. If you're in need of any more guidance, we have a wealth of information for you.

Above All, You Are Free in Christ

We should take the bible serious. Very serious. Equally serious is that you realize you are 'free in Christ' (Romans 8:1-3). If your heart and conscience is clear, then don't let the worlds judgement hold value over your identity in Christ. Perhaps Paul says it best in 1 Corinthians 4:3-4. 'I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself. My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me".


To be free in Christ is to be free from law. Free from condemnation. Free from guilt. No mater what you wear, or how humble to attempt to present yourself, there will always be human prepared to judge you. Take heart, the only one qualified to judge you has found your innocent, and will present you Holy and blameless - Colossians 1:22. God Bless!

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