DRESS LIKE A MAN

The Cheap, classless, childish, comedic even creepy ways some men, boys and boy/men dress today is a product of the overall dumbing down of Americans; and I do mean “dumbing,” and I do mean, “down.” Shakespeare says, in Hamlet, “For the apparel oft proclaims the man.” How true.

The Bible says, “The Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart” (1 Sam. 16:7). Some Christians this as rationale for dressing (even though they have the wherewithal to do better) as though they’re on their way to a ball game at best, or, at worst, like a bunch of bums when they go to church. Others use it as justification for what amounts at one level or another to what the world calls "crossdressing."

But when 1 Sam. 16:7 is used by men (or women for that matter) as an excuse for their careless nonchalance and overall unbiblical approach to how they dress, they miss the truth of the message that is in this Scripture. The point is, that others (including our children) can’t tell what’s in our hearts as to how much we do or don’t want to obey the principles in God's Word, which reveal God's will for every aspect of our lives.

The only clues people have, the only conclusions they can reach, concerning us spiritually depend almost, if not altogether, entirely on what they can see being displayed by our outward appearance, and what they can hear coming out of our mouths, etc. outside. Again, “The Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart” (1 Sam. 16:7).

"Man looket on the outside." That's all he can do. Therefore, Christians who care about the testimony they have before lost men and women for the sake of evangelism, and the testimony they have before other Christians for the sake of their edification, need to recognize the significance involved in how they dress.

Someone once said, “The body is the shell of the soul, and dress the husk of that shell; but the husk often tells what the kernel is. “

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