New Fashions in Dress

Ron Halbrook
A teenager submitted this question: Would it be wrong for a Christian to wear clothing like “Wu Wear” or “Fubu” or “Tommy Hilfiger”? It is encouraging to know that teenage Christians want to know and do what is right, even in how they dress.

It is not wrong to wear various kinds of clothes that come into fashion, with these limitations: (1) Be sure it is completely modest (1 Tim. 2:9-10; 1 Pet. 3:1-4). (2) Avoid clothes that are extravagant in cost. Expensive clothes lead to covetousness, pride, and materialism. We serve God, not materialism (Matt. 6:24). (3) Avoid clothes that are used by rebels, druggies, dropouts, boozers, gang members, homosexuals, and other ungodly people to “send a message.” We must not do things which hinder the light of a Christian example (Matt. 5:13-16).

Jesus prayed, “I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil” (John 17:15). We can participate in new fashions and customs within the perimeters and principles of God’s Word.

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Truth Magazine Vol. XLIV: 8 p19  April 20, 2000