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QUESTION: Does the Bible talk about the clothes a Christian should wear?


ANSWER:  Remember, my answers are taken from the Bible, not man’s opinion (hopefully not even my own).  According to Genesis 1:27, when God created man He made them distinctly “male and female.”  God created both sexes with separate and unconfused identity.  I believe to blur this distinction dishonors God.


From “unisex” clothes to effeminate men and manly women our culture has come as close as any other in the history of the world to blaspheming God.  In the last ten or twenty years it has become commonplace to see professing Christian church-goers dressing like prostitutes once did and still proudly calling themselves Christians.  (All under the banner of God’s “grace” – I don’t think so.)


What God refers to as lewd some now call “cute.”  We have lost our modesty.  The Bible calls it “blush.” “Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time that I visit them they shall be cast down, saith the Lord…But they said, We will not walk therein” (Jeremiah 6:15-16).  “Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore shall they fall…they shall be cast down, saith the Lord” (Jeremiah 8:12).  This was preached when I was growing up.  The Bible hasn’t changed.


1 Timothy 2:9-14 tells us that Christian women should wear modest apparel.  Modest means “properly restrained, not forward, excessive or extreme.”  The root word in the Greek means “orderly” or “of good behavior.”  Christian women (young and old) should be dressing like they intend good behavior.  Before going out into public the question needs to be asked, what is modest? What is feminine without being seductive?  When a woman wears clothes that hug the body all the way down she perhaps doesn’t ‘make’ a man sin, but like Eve she certainly can be found “in the transgression” (v.14).


“The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the Lord thy God” (Deut. 22:5).  Bathroom signs know how to distinguish girl stick-figures from boy stick-figures.  We don’t “see” it because we don’t want to.  It will cramp our style or make us unpopular with our children and so they run the show.  Did you know that the Bible says that when the children are in charge it is a curse from God?  “And I will give children to be their princes, and babes shall rule over them…As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them…they which lead thee cause thee to err…”   (Isaiah 3:4, 12)


And what about hair?  “Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him? But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering” (1 Cor. 11:14-15).  What is long?  Just go and look in a mirror.  If you’re a lady you’re looking for “long,” if you’re a guy you’re looking for “short.”  God knows we can figure it out.