Fashion: What’s Wrong With It?

People lately have been asking me what’s wrong with fashion – putting on a little makeup, dressing in fancy clothes, then having a photoshoot or walking a runway.

Think about this: We’re letting the world decide the standard of beauty. And we’re trying to please them, not God. The world today focuses on the body as the emblem of beauty: face, hair, body shape, weight, and clothing – or lack thereof. They don’t see a beautiful mind, heart, or soul because that can’t be seen with the natural eye. True beauty is faith in Christ. It makes up the whole person: body, mind, heart, and soul. Faith can’t be seen with natural eyes either. But God sees it. Is there room for this in the fashion world today? No.

Another problem is this: we’re drawing attention to ourselves. What’s Christian about that? Shouldn’t our attitude be one of humility? Shouldn’t we seek to draw attention to Jesus instead? We didn’t die on a cross. We didn’t take away the sins of the world. We didn’t overcome death and hell.

Jesus never walked a runway for others to gaze at him. He didn’t wear nice clothes. Instead, Jesus walked the Via Dolorosa – the way of suffering. He walked to Calvary, carrying a cross on his back. When first-century Jews and Gentiles gazed at Jesus on the cross, did they see beauty – even by their standards? Probably not. Isaiah 53:2 (NKJV): “He has no form or comeliness; and when we see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him.” I fully believe this passage is talking about Jesus on the cross, not what he looked like the rest of his natural days. I don’t think Jesus was an ugly man. Others who’ve seen him (with the heart) have assured me he isn’t.

Does the fashion world shape character? Yes. When we participate in a fashion shoot or walk a runway (whatever our gender), we’re training ourselves, our children – everyone who sees us – to want the world’s values and definition of beauty. Each moment in our lives matters, for character is made up of single moments. We reap a character from each thought, word, and deed. The Christian life should have no isolated incidents. There shouldn’t be anything in our lives for us to have to explain to others. This is integrity: moral consistency in light and darkness, both with witnesses and without. We must keep our hearts pure. And I believe accepting the fashion world’s values and standard of beauty for even a moment corrupts one’s heart.

Just some things to think about. . . .

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