Character important fashion statement

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist

Last week I was reading about New York City fashion shows. I found out what’s in and what’s out for the fall season. I saw what’s cool and what’s hot for women’s wear.

I read about orange lipstick, flowers pinned in your hair to make a fashion statement and six beauty trends that will keep me young. I read with interest some biographical information on “catwalk queens” or models who stroll those long walkways.

I noted the New York Fashion Week Preview and all the designers who are scheduled hourly to present their new creations for the fall season starting Feb. 1.

You would recognize some of the names, those high-dollar designers who sell in the most elite stores and shops. But the point the author was making in the article is that a person can spot a designer just by the clothes in which a model is dressed. A person who knows the business can actually sit back and say, “Oh that is a Nanette Lepore creation” or “That is a Reem Acra design” or “Luca Luca ensemble” or maybe a “Marchesa dress.” People with an eye for the elite fashion can tell because they know an outfit reflects the designer’s tastes and style.

A fashion show is mentioned in the Bible. It’s not actually clothes, but Paul talks about “putting on” as clothes and refers to how we should dress spiritually if we say we are children of God. He said in Colossians 3: 9-11, “Don’t lie to one another. You’re done with that old life. It’s like a filthy set of ill-fitting clothes you’ve stripped off and put in the fire. Now you’re dressed in a new wardrobe. Every item of your new way of life is custom-made by the Creator, with his label on it. All the old fashions are now obsolete.” (The Message)

Before that statement Paul talked about what to take off and what to put on. He said there is a certain way a Christian’s character looks and there are certain identifiable characteristics of the Christian character. Paul tells in Colossians how the Christian should not be dressed and then how the Christian should be dressed. First, out of style for the Christian is, “take off whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual promiscuity, impurity, lust, doing whatever you feel like whenever you feel like it, and grabbing whatever attracts your fancy. That’s a life shaped by things and feelings instead of by God. … You know better now, so make sure it’s all gone for good: bad temper, irritability, meanness, profanity, dirty talk.” Colossians 3: 5-8 (The Message)

So what should the Christian character wear? How should we dress? He answers in Colossians 3: 12-14: “So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.” (The Message)

Paul summed the whole fashion scene. Romans 13:14: “Instead, clothe yourself with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. And don’t let yourself think about ways to indulge your evil desires.”

The New York fashion scene may set the trend for America, but Paul’s statement about what a Christian character should wear concerns eternity.

Judy Brandon is a Clovis resident. Contact her at:
cbrandon@plateautel.net