Our Sunday School class is reading through/discussing The Barbarian Way by Erwin McManus. We have not read the book but are allowed to add in our input anyway. Yesterday was the first class. I was resplendent in a brown dress, tan apron, white cap and my tan shawl. Talk about the pink elephant in the room! 😉
The teacher asked us if there were “barbarian stands” we made in the past, occasions where we stood against the world as a matter of faith conviction. A couple others ventured some answers before I thought I’d say something to explain my blatant Barbarianism:
I don’t look like a barbarian (nervous chuckles from the crowd) but as you all can see, I am making a rather bold statement with my clothing. My stand is against the world’s message to women that we should be obsessed with makeup, hair styles, and fashion and standing for modesty and propriety in dress. I know many people may assume some things about me because of my dress that are not be true, that I am not educated or work outside of the home or my husband makes me do this. I was not raised to dress this way; I simply obey Jesus in what I do. If he tells me to lay it down, I will.
On the upside of this obedience is that I have had a 100 fold opportunity to share about my faith with the curious. Whatever God asks us to do has a witness component to it. Wearing a cap, dress and no makeup might not seem like the most “practical” thing to do but I have seen God use it to His glory and that is enough reason.
The teacher was rather positive in an immediate response and asked questions of me afterwards. Our pastor then began a new preaching series on being strangers in the world…hmmm. He posed the questions of how people can tell we are citizens of another kingdom by the way we speak or act. He did make the firm point that it was not by how we dress, looking straight at me as he spoke. *Wince* Dressing is an action, right??