SMOD (Standard Mode of Dress) was in full swing during my middle school years, which is why my closet was littered with collared shirts and solid colored pants. According to the administrators and PTSA, SMOD was enacted to ensure school wide uniformity, with the hope that impoverished students wouldn’t feel left out…
It was unfortunately, wishful thinking that failed miserably. Just as there are both designer and knockoff jeans, so too are there polo shirts and khaki pants. SMOD or no SMOD, the line of demarcation concerning (perceived) socioeconomic statuses was always able to seep through.
The importance of one’s dress is just as important during Bible times as it is now. David, Lazarus and the Proverbs 31 Wife are just three examples.
1. “And David danced before the Lord with all his might and was wearing priests’ clothing.” -2 Samuel 6:14 TLB
Bible Study Tools describes priests as one who, “always denote one who offers sacrifices.” David showed his true humility by wearing priest attire and praising God without fear of what others thought.
2. “The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.” -John 11:44 NIV
‘Grave clothes’ is exactly what they are implied to be, clothes worn to one’s grave. Lazarus no longer needed his grave clothes because Jesus had raised him from the dead. He could not embrace his revival, wearing clothes that indicated death’s dismissal.
3. “She also upholsters with finest tapestry; her own clothing is beautifully made—a purple gown of pure linen.” -Proverbs 31:22 TLB
Purple dye during ancient times, according to Smithsonian.com, was both expensive and rare! Therefore meaning that only the wealthy and royal could afford it. The Proverbs 31 Wife was wealthy on earth, royally righteous in Heaven and loved by her family and all of which her garments reflected.
In the morning when we are getting dressed, we have a choice of what garments to wear. Will you cloak yourself in shame of God’s Love, for fear of being ridiculed? Will you shroud yourself in death, by hanging on to unforgiveness and old habits that Jesus died to set you free from? Or will you wear poverty, living beneath your true worth, by complete fault of your own insecurity?
Assuming that you answered ‘no’ to each of the questions above (as I did), there is only one more step to being ‘biblically stylish’ and that is getting a new wardrobe! Happy shopping & happy wearing 🙂