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Pastor advocates for moderation in dress

Published:Saturday | January 30, 2016 | 1:00 AMShanique Samuels
Elder George Gordon of the Chapelton Seventh-day Adventist

There should be proper moderation in dress. That is, one's dress should not be too long, sweeping the floor, or too short, revealing one's undergarment. Different modes of dress are required for various occasions at different times. However, there is a trend that has not gone unnoticed where persons attending church - including Christians - have taken their level of adornment to the next level. It is natural for some people who just love to dress up, while others who just want to look good and presentable, but then there are those who go all out weekly to put on the matching suits with matching handbags and the everlasting broad hats when going to church. Is all this adornment necessary?

Elder George Gordon of the Chapelton Seventh-day Adventist shared his opinions with Family and Religion.

"According to 1 Peter 3:3 (KJV): Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel. Therefore, one has to be careful not to focus only on the outward adorning. Verse four, however, speaks to one being more humble in spirit rather than being extravagant.

"(In) St Matthew 19:21: Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.

"It's alarming to note that, if some of the followers of Christ were put to the same test, many will be sorrowful and disheartened. In addition to that, Christians have taken false hair, nails, eyelashes and false bottom to the next level. I can understand if someone has a medical condition which forces or permits him or her to be so inclined. However, extremes have been the order of the day. What has happened to 1 Corinthians 13:11. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things."

As a Christian, it is recommended that one looks like and acts like a child of God, so that others on the outside looking in who have not answered the master's call will see the difference in you and that includes behaviour and dress and general outward appearance.

"When we seek to appreciate natural things, we are led to appreciate God, the Creator of them all but when we seek to show more appreciation for the unnatural, we are likely to be led towards glorifying the creature and the created rather than, the Creator. To a lot of men, women look circus clowns with multi-coloured faces, while others look like deads in too much make up, with hypocrite families and friends who applause openly but, laugh inwardly," he bemoaned.

"According to 1 Corinthians 9:25. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown."

Elder Gordon said it is quite natural for men to commend natural beauty and as such implores all women to embrace who they are, for in so doing, they are saying thanks to God for having created you the way he did.

Famous Jamaican singer Tarrus Riley in one of his popular hit songs said "natural beauty no need make up to be a cutie."

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