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Walking Billboards?

April 7, 2006

Human_billboard_1 Isn’t it amazing how much we judge people by their clothing?  I do it.  For us, clothing can be like billboard sign on the freeway, with a specific message it’s sending.  Here are all types of messages I may receive from simply ones clothing.  They’re smart, they’re a rebel, they’re trendy, they’re poor, they’re rich, they’re desperate, they’re conservative, they’re not so conservative, they’re color blind J!  I could go on and on.  One thing of for sure, people are sensitive about what they wear.  Start to question someone’s clothing choice or use it as a target for insults and people take it personally really quickly. 

Thankfully, God is not like us!  He does not look at people and judge them by their appearance.  He alone can instantly determine a person’s motivations and heart behind what they wear.

“People judge by outward appearance, but the LORD looks at a person’s thoughts and intentions." (I Sam 16:7)

I have been thinking a lot about this lately, in regards to what we wear here at church, what is our culture when it comes to dress and why?  As with anything else, multiple opinions abound, ranging from “Dressing up is a sign of respect”, to, “Dressing down is more friendly”, and everything in between. 

So as I contemplate this, I wonder if our church, Sunset Presbyterian, could get to a place where we as a ministry shared the same heart behind the message we send on weekends with what we wear?  What is our heart?  Does it matter?  Should we consider these things?  Is it important?  I don’t have any easy answers for you, I’m in the journey with you, learning as I go.

As we wrestle with these issues together, as a family, in love, and we will wrestle with these issues as long as there is a church and the Lord has not come back yet, there is a passage that sticks out to me for us to consider. 

In Romans 14 Paul is talking about very similar issues, and how Christians differ in what they feel is proper or not. This passage honestly for me creates more questions then answers, but that’s o.k.!  One thing is does settle for me, is how I am to treat my Christian brother and sister when their opinion differs from mine.  Here are a few verses from the passage to chew on. 

  2For instance, one person believes it is all right to eat anything. But another believer who has a sensitive conscience will eat only vegetables. 3Those who think it is all right to eat anything must not look down on those who won’t. And those who won’t eat certain foods must not condemn those who do, for God has accepted them. 4Who are you to condemn God’s servants? They are responsible to the Lord.

    10So why do you condemn another Christian[a]? Why do you look down on another Christian? Remember, each of us will stand personally before the judgment seat of God.

    12Yes, each of us will have to give a personal account to God. 13So don’t condemn each other anymore. Decide instead to live in such a way that you will not put an obstacle in another Christian’s path.

    17For the

Kingdom

of

God

is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. 18If you serve Christ with this attitude, you will please God. And other people will approve of you, too. 19So then, let us aim for harmony in the church and try to build each other up.

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