Why do I have visions of sackcloth and ashes with a cotton rope cinch belt tastefully accentuated by blue eye shadow and hobnail sandals?
Sorry, but I just can’t help being catty about this…
That’s nicer than drawing the more obvious parallels to Burkha’s and the Taliban….
But then Christianity is all about Fashion for a certain segment of the population. It’s a Lifestyle choice and they insist on incessantly waiving it in everyone’s face. I’m not saying that’s the case with this particular group, but….
I call the group I’m referencing the “Professional Christians” as opposed to what I view as the true Christians- who I do deeply respect for their attempts to live their lives by Jesus’ true principles and teachings. Just as I respect true Buddhists, Jews, Muslims and all those others among us who seek to quietly and devoutly live their lives by their personal beliefs while not imposing them on others and helping others get through life a little more graciously and safely along the way.
One of the main things that really pisses me off about these Professional Christians is that they incessantly seek ways to stand out from the mainstream and scream: “Look at me!!! I’m better and more righteous than you! I’m special!”
They do this so they don’t have to actually deal with the poor, the hungry and the needy, you know, like Jesus did….
For this group, every week is Christian Fashion Week….
It’s all about them-the Professional Christian- and their alternative, self-congratulating universe with things like this ridiculous “Christian Fashion Week” being just another example.
And let’s not even talk about the sexism and paternalism this “Fashion” week implies.
And since Professional Christians hate Gays, who designs this stuff? Without the Gay designers, you know the clothes are really crappy.
But then, most of these Professional Christians just wear their “Christianity” as their Fashion Statement.
I just don’t see Jesus doing something like this…
Welcome to Christian Fashion Week.
Backstage, separate changing areas divide the male and female models. And while, sure, there is a swimwear show, only women are allowed in the audience. Gender segregation is an event choice designed to avoid any “awkward” feelings for audience members or models, according to Jose Gomez, co-organizer of the event.
“We are trying to be sensitive to the fact that our audience may be in different places about how they feel about it,” Gomez told the Associated Press.
Adam and Eve might have donned barely a fig leaf, but modesty rules this week in Tampa. The mission behind the event is to showcase designs that “promote and respect stylish moderation instead of sexuality and excess,” according to their website. “A lot of the designers we talked with looked at the challenge as a creative challenge: How do we push the boundaries — with boundaries?” Gomez said.
Christian Fashion Week is yet another example of a Christian cottage industry, from filmmaking to fashion, trying to distance itself from secular culture. It’s also an outgrowth of an evolving conversation on Christian websites about what’s acceptable for believers to wear — particularly for Christian women. Modesty talk is ostensibly directed at males and females alike, but it is most often women who are scrutinized for clothing that reveals “too much” or “provokes” male lust.
And I’ll close out these thoughts with a little info from a little book called The Bible.
I think some of these Professional Christians should pay a little more attention to the New Testament and sections like the ones below– and not just the select Old Testament parts on judging and killing others- where they seem to focus most of their emphasis now.
Matthew 6:5-6 ESV
“And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
Matthew 6:1-34 ESV
“Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. …