Fashion In The Eyes Of The Lord?

In an article I wrote about personalities, I said that a personality is one of the hardest things to define because it always has to be in comparison to another. Likewise, decency has no clear distinction.

To some people, decency is about the way you carry yourself. You can wear the right clothes and still manage to come off skanky or, you could wear smaller items of clothing and still look decent. Clothes and make-up go with the kind of area you will be in and so, a lot of people manage to appear decent.

A lot of us Christians like to be hypocritical about things and judge a mini skirt or place bans on them. In Zambia for instance, a mini skirt is not socially acceptable in the heavily populated areas. The more civilised areas are fine with it and even then, a lot of the time, it depends on the colour of your skin. White people, mixed race people… They can get away with it. Light skinned dark people are usually targets and the dark people can be let off easy.

Being Christian, my ‘findings’ are from The Bible only. In the book of 1 Timothy, verse 2 to 9 through 10, it says, “I also want women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God.” Now, from the times before pearls and jewellery were worn so widely, it was written that to do that was a sin. We did it anyway. If anything, we come up with more and more ways to sin and have the nerve to blame decency.

People wore a lot less centuries ago and even though the rape cases were not non-existent, they were not hitting the crazy numbers or inhuman ages we are getting at today. They prayed to the very same God, read the very same bible and they wore nearly nothing and today, a random person feels they can stand up and say we shall burn because of the way we dress?? Do you not possess any jewellery?

In the book 1 Peter verse 2 to 5, it says, “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewellery and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful.”

If you have ever bought fine clothes, you are indecent. If you have ever braided your hair, you are indecent. If you have ever bought jewellery, you are indecent. In God’s sight, our decency is defined by our inner selves. OUR MINDS. I mean, since we all want to translate The Bible differently to suit our lifestyles, how about we give The Bible one realistic translation. A direct translation: We are all sinners.

That said, I hope each and every one of us Christians know that we are sinners. Those of us who take offence at the ideas of fashion need to go back to the bible and re-evaluate their definitions of sin. Eventually, it all comes down to the mind. That is where the real evil is.


The Worst Things In Life… Are Free.

They say the best things in life are free. Love, life, intelligence… But free things aren’t always good. Death, famine, drought, religion… All of these things are free too but nobody embraces them or labels them ‘good’. It brings some of the worst forms of misery, yet there are plenty more free things one could ever get.

A lot of the time, peoples’ inner demons are judged based on the things they would do to have things their way or to have something they’ve always wanted. Looking for ‘happy’ or self-satisfaction is really the easiest way to find the devil within your soul. For example, my first love is my family. Would I sin repeatedly if I had the choice between being an angel and keeping my loved ones in my life? In the blink of an eye, I’d sin.

Everybody knows a person who is always looking for an easy way out. Sometimes, that person is yourself. Its never really easy. There is a trick behind everything that comes on a silver platter. Be it cheating in an exam and never getting caught up until you need to use that knowledge in a real life situation or even using the wrong methods to keep a person in your life only to watch them slip away.

When you struggle to reach the silver platter with your heart’s desires engraved onto it, you know you deserve it. You have peace within yourself because it changes from karma to your choice. You decide whether or not to walk away from that platter you keep safely under your arm. Being Zambian though, I know we’re very much okay with the basics. Our country is not as competitive as the heavily populated ones.

I don’t like to struggle but lately I’ve decided to. I know I have a lot of great gifts handed to me on silver platters but I work hard at some things too. Those are the things I’m certain will not just vanish one day. The people who are fine with the basics lose out eventually because there are things we get free that others would work day and night to achieve.

P.S I will never admit that a Chinese person is smarter than I am. They are just born in a more competitive world. A world where the worst things in life are free.