Saturday, 18 July 2015

Healthy Clothes

Clean, healthy clothing is important.
We all know that.

But did you know that clothes can make you sick and actually damage your heart, soul, mind and body? Our skin is an important part of our immune system. The skin is the largest organ in the body. It matters what you clothe your skin with.

Sick clothes make us sick.
Healthy clothes make us healthy.

                                   Skin can't:
regulate body temperature,
synthesise vitamin D
 and feel
if it is not healthy.

Skin that heals, needs healthy clothes.

The Bible has quite a lot to say about clothes and how women should clothe themselves and their families. Let's take a look. All of it is important. Don't try and skip God's wisdom, it won't work. You won't have healthy skin, healthy clothes and a healthy heart.
  1. Modesty
"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." 1 Tim 2:9-10

"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." 1 Peter 3:3-5

How we dress and how we behave needs to glorify the Lord Jesus not draw attention to the size of our busts, the size of our wallets, the shape of our legs or how flat our stomachs are, to comment on current female trends.

Your clothes speak about who you are. If you go around in tight clothes, short skirts/shorts/dresses, showing cleavage, no one in his right mind will think you are glorifying Jesus with your body - and that includes what you swim and exercise in - an area often forgotten when women are submitting their families' wardrobes to the Lordship of Jesus and his Word, the Bible.

    2. Responsibly

"Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to sin! Such things must come, but woe to the man through whom they come!" Matt 18:7

"But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea." Matt 18:6

"Nobody should seek his own good but the good of others." "Do not cause anyone to stumble...For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many." 1 Cor 10: 24,32,33

As woman we need to dress responsibly wherever we are, and that includes the beach and the gym. That means we take some responsibility for not making it hard for others, either by encouraging them to dress sensually or by tempting males to lust. Yes males are responsible for their own emotions, but to say we play no part, is just ludicrous. Just this week, I saw a woman jogging by the side of the road, in very tight fitting immodest clothes. As I turned away, I noticed she was a pastor's wife from a local baptist church. My sons don't need that. Neither does anyone else in the community. They don't need to feel as if they can't look out the window of a car.

Woman, let's make a change. Let's start taking responsibility for the way we dress ourselves and our families! Be known as one who is an example to others of what is good, not bad.

"What ever you do, do it all for the glory of God." 1 Cor 10:31

"Abstain from sinful desires which war against your soul. Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day that he visits us." 1 Peter 2:11,12

3. Femininity

"A woman must not wear men's clothing, nor a man wear women's clothing, for the Lord your God detests anyone who does this." Deut 22:5

It should be obvious to all and sundry that we are women by the way we dress and look. The Lord God created us male and female for a purpose with very distinct differences. Let's not blur the lines.

It is telling that when a small child in Australia is asked to draw a woman, they draw a stick figure with a dress and long hair. They understand. It's us adults that want to blur the lines. There are times when my young daughter has asked me, "Is that a man or a woman?" As believers don't let us be the ones confusing others.

What is feminine clothing? Is it only dresses? I don't believe so. We all know deep down in our hearts what is right and wrong. Let's examine our hearts and wardrobes with this verse in mind before the Lord God and ask him to show us if we need to make any changes. Then let's be an example to others of femininity and obey.

4. Cloth

"Do not wear clothing woven of two kinds of material" Lev 19:19

"Do not wear clothes of wool and linen woven together" Deut 22:11

I was never taught to obey this growing up. I have never heard it preached from a pulpit in all my life.  In fact, it is a verse I have often heard preachers ridicule from the pulpit. I wouldn't like to be in their shoes when they meet Jesus. (Matt 5:19)  This is the Word of God.

Interestingly, it wasn't till I obeyed this biblical law, that my skin really started to heal from my lifelong eczema. A vast array of dietary and environmental changes were not enough.  I have tried pretending this law doesn't matter - but the truth is it does. Yes, it costs money and time and effort to change your wardrobe  BUT it is well worth it. In our family, we just kept asking Jesus to provide us with the resources to purchase clothes that were in obedience to his Word. And he did. Quite quickly!

Today's 'modern' clothes commonly use cloth made from man-made fibres such as rayon, nylon, polyester, synthetic rubber, fibreglass and spandex. These fibres don't breathe like organic cotton, linen and wool. If the cloth doesn't breathe then the skin doesn't breathe. If you don't believe me, try wrapping yourself in 'ClingWrap' for a few hours and see what happens (LOL).

Plastic, synthetic clothes make sick skin.

But it is not just the cloth itself that can make us sick. What man adds to the cloth can also make us sick. Commonly allergic skin reactions are caused by the formaldehyde, finishing resins, dyes, glues, chemical additives, tanning agents and fire retardants that are used in today's 'modern' clothing production. I think it is interesting that the Bible warns against such things. It calls these chemicals sorcery in the New Testament. Now how far you want to take that is up to you and God, but there is definitely a link here. Simply told, the truth is, that low-allergy clothes are always made of organic, natural fibres with natural dyes.

Personally I can see two paths here. You can either change your clothes to 100% natural fibres, which are organically grown and use natural organic dyes as much as is humanly possible (without going broke) OR you can keep wearing the clothes you are and keep your pharmaceuticals. For me, it wasn't a hard choice!

Jesus didn't create us to be healthy in the presence of synthetic chemicals and fibres. People aren't designed that way. 

"But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing we will be content with that." 1 Tim 6:6-8

5. Ethical

"For the Scripture says, ' do not muzzle the ox while it is treading out grain,' and 'the worker deserves his wages.' " 1 Tim 5:18

"Stop doing wrong, learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed." Isaiah 1:17

"For I the Lord love justice; I hate robbery and iniquity." Isaiah 61:8

There is much that could be said here, but suffice to say, listen to your conscience. Do your best to buy clothes where all parties have behaved ethically and fair trade has taken place. We have all heard stories of forced slave labor clothing factories. These places only exist because they make a profit. Take some responsibility to seek out clothing that does not support such practices.

We are also told to buy clothes that are affordable and inexpensive (1 Tim 2:9-10). That doesn't necessarily mean "cheap". There is a balance here that makes this moderate. Too cheap and there is a possibility that not everyone was paid properly. Too expensive and you won't be able to afford it sustainably. But don't stress. Lets not forget about 'sales' and second-hand clothing stores!


It is not easy to find clothing that meets all of the Lord Jesus' requirements. Do your best and prioritise the principles listed above as the Lord would, for example, there's no use having an organic cotton, fair trade, string bikini! Personally, I aim for modest, feminine, inexpensive, 100% one natural fibre, ethical, organic and Australian in that order. 

Here are some wonderful resources I have liked. Feel free to do your own homework. It is a given that I don't necessarily support everything sold or said on these websites.

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