Churches: Clothes and Colors

What happens when your church starts to dictate what, how, and in what colors your clothes should be? Normally most churches ban a certain color or two for men. Most colors, if not all colors, are open to women. So what happens when your church leader tells the young women that she must pray to decide what color they will wear? For one, there is no scriptural principle for praying about what colors people’s clothing should be in. In fact, ‘ Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? ‘ Matthew 6:25

When Jesus said this, the verses above were about not being hypocrites and not being earthly (fleshly). So we have to realize that worrying about what people wear and the colors of their clothes won’t do anything for anyone. What else did Jesus say? ‘ ‘ Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye. ‘ Matthew 7:1-5.

I’m very sure that the coloring of cloth isn’t spiritual at all. So why am I writing an article about this? Because we need to start addressing issues that Christians have. Whether you are in a church or just a part of the Church, you will face some problems. Many things can and most likely will be faced inside of a church. One of the problems that recently came to my attention is a church (unnamed) that is trying to enforce is what I wrote above. A church leader has told their young people that they must pray about whether the young ladies can wear skirts or dresses and in what color. Isn’t that as hypocritical as those in the above verses? Jesus said to judge not, Paul wrote: But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. 1 Corinthians 2:15.

Isn’t they something wrong with this picture? Leaders who act spiritual but fail to realize their own blindness (John 9:40-41). Our main goal as leaders is to help guide and advise others in their walk with Jesus. We should allow the Holy Ghost to guide others in how Jesus wants them to live for Him. We aren’t here to tell you how to live and what to wear. Our primary concern should be helping keep people in a good relationship with Christ and enlarging the family (of Christ). So how do we work with leaders that have fallen outside of their Biblical role? First, we pray for them. Pray that God will guide them back to their proper role. We know this may not happen if they aren’t wanting to be true to God, but this is where we must start. Next, we see if we can casually integrate the truth into the church. Bring it up but don’t focus on it, and let God work the rest. (Contact us for advice on how to do this). The next step, if the leader hasn’t changed, is to bring it up to them. Yes, if they retaliate and treat you worse than before or something likened to that effect, still pray for them, but we advise you to look for another church. Your last option (we don’t recommend this), is to contact us and see if we can give a reply to them. Be careful as they will, more than likely, blame you. It’s a sad day to see so many churches being ruined by the very leaders that have been set in charge of them.

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