YOUR DRESSING AND THE GOSPEL. 1
When I started full pastoring some Years ago, I was younger and had a psychology that rebelled against every status quo.
To me, I was every thing that portrayed freedom, liberty, spiritism and originality.
I used to wear ear rings.
And two huge rings.
Then a skin cut etc.
I was very zealous about rap music, I just really wasn’t the normal ‘Pastor’ figure and I got myself into serious problems.
My immediate environment rebelled seriously against me, and rightly so, I neither had the right endorsements nor did my dressing justify my person.
I started church when I was in my final year in the university and was very controversial fellow.
Some lecturers felt I was a cultist. I mean I was dressing this way in a university where the average student is meticulously religious and spiritism is viewed through a cultural lens.
Many students said I was Occult. Especially since I started church without any endorsement from some ‘father in the land’ or their alumni etc.
Some said I was Gay. Since It was men that filled the church and not many ladies at the same time.
It was a lot of misconceptions. Many still carry same today. Many still me view under same lenses etc.
It won’t be strange if you met any of my university mate who is still stuck in the past, who will warn you very seriously of what a demon I am and how God has warned them about end time preachers like me.
My point is simple. I had a lot of misconceptions about me and my ministry and my DRESSING didn’t make it any better.
I was simply adding fuel to the rage and hate around my personality.
I stuck to my dressing, my ORIGINALITY and this made me lose many who could have associated with me better.
You see, DRESSING IS NOT DOCTRINAL, but our approach to DRESSING MUST BE DOCTRINAL.
If a particular community is open to people in SUITS, HIJAB etc as an emblem of SPIRITUALITY, LET US WEAR IT, that the gospel be not blamed.
Why offend people who Christ died for with our own liberty?
Look at this.
1 Corinthians 8:4, 7, 9 As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one.
Howbeit there is not in every man that knowledge: for some with conscience of the idol unto this hour eat it as a thing offered unto an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled.
But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak.
We know there is NO IDOL in this world!
Idols are works of Artists.
They are carved based on human intelligence and mental appreciation.
Yet some use it as a measure of reality!
Dressing is a CULTURAL SYSTEM. Nigerians have a perception of what a Pastor should look like.
We know SUITS are not made from heaven. But to an average Christian world wide, it portrays seriousness and decency.
This is a Facade, sneakers are not made in hell, nor ear rings made in Hades.
But it’s what the world believes. And even though it’s a conscience issue, our approach must be for the utmost good of the gospel.
We can wear that stuff if it makes more folks perceive us as godly.
We can dress decently as much as our community can perceive to preach Christ freely.
We don’t want to spend days trying to educate a Person that it’s not wrong for men to wear earrings before we finally get them to hear about Jesus!
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