Fitting In

fashionable  
[fash-uh-nuh-buhl]
adjective 1. observant of or conforming to the fashion; stylish

I keep seeing articles about how to be “modest but fashionable.” While I have no problem with dressing attractively, lately I’ve been wondering if “fashionable” is the look we should strive for. Do we really want to fit in?

Romans 12:1-2
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

The way we dress sends a message. The world figured that out long ago. Many people’s attire shouts their worldview without using a single letter of the alphabet. An outfit and/or makeup can scream, “I hate rules!” “Gay rights!” “Free love!” or “I’m a vegetarian-humanistic-environmentalist!”

The lost people in this world can be so bold in how they share their worldviews. Are we that bold? The ones who dress counter-culturally to make a point do so with great joy. Do we show that much joy?

We have a hope that they don’t have. We should have more joy. We have an ally they don’t have. We should have more boldness. I believe we can (and should) share our worldview through our style – but it isn’t a popular worldview, so it follows that we can’t always dress in a popular style. And even if we could, we are not supposed to be conformed to this world. We are supposed to be set apart. So do we really want to fit in?

Or do we want to stand out?

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