City on a hill

12/27/2008 at 9:51 pm (bible)

Noel and I have chosen to follow a distinctive manner of dress.

The primary reason for our decision was the desire to separate from the world and not follow the world’s fads and fashions.

But because of this choice, we have — in the past — been accused of trying to draw attention to ourselves.

And that sincerely bothered me, so I had been diligently seeking the Lord in this matter. And he recently gave me an answer.

The answer was this:

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

— Matthew 5:14-15

In other words the answer was; yes, it is wrong to “dress weird” in order to gain attention for yourself.

But if you are following God’s will then there is no way that you can hide the light that shines within. The distinctive dress is not that light, but it can be an indication.



  1. Ginny said,

    Amen! :-D

  2. Matt Davis said,

    Great encouragement brother. My wife and daughter dress very modestly. They wear either dresses or coulots (sp?) and are often asked why? Usually, but not always, the asker is not really interested in why, but only want a reason to justify the way they dress to themselves through your answer… What we usually get is “but there is nowhere in the Bible that says you HAVE to dress like that.” True, but the Word of God gives us distinctive principles to go by… therefore, do I want to try hard to apply those principle to our lives or do I want to live by the mantra “The Bible doesn’t address that issue”. In their book, So Much More, the Botkins girls wisely ask “How close to the fire do you want to get?”

    Thanks for the encouraging post.

  3. doulamuse said,

    Wow, I could write a long post about modest dress! lol But I wont hijack your post. ;)
    I have never once felt or sensed that you or Noel were dressing differently to gain attention. To the contray, I’ve known all along that the very heart of the matter rested in your desire to be honoring to The Father and that’s all there is to it! :)

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