Biblical Fashion?

Adam Stout

READ : Psalm 139:13-18

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. (v. 13)

Clothing is an essential part of life. Concern about style is everywhere, from what’s “hip” in North America to the fashion runways of Milan to the neck rings of the Kayan people in Burma. One day I found myself wondering, “What does the Bible have to say about fashion and clothing?”

As usual when it comes to specifics, the Bible doesn’t help me decide whether or not I should wear purple socks. But I did find stories dealing with fashion and clothing throughout scripture, from Adam and Eve’s fig-leaf garments in Genesis to bright white robes in Revelation. Along the way I learned that by looking at something as “worldly” as fashion and clothing important truths about both God and ourselves are revealed.

For instance, did you know that God clothed us before we even were born? Job says, “you clothed me with skin and flesh, and knit me together with bones and sinews” (Job 10:11). Our skeletal, cardiovascular, and muscular systems alone wouldn’t suffice, so God clothed us with skin. God designed us in such an incredible way that David couldn’t help but sing out, “You knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”

God is the great Designer. God fashioned us “in his image.” Perhaps this explains why fashion exists. Something of God’s creativity rubs off on us.

PRAYER

God, you are amazing! You fashioned us from nothing. May our lives reflect your creativity.