Probably some of you, at some point, have said, “There is a method to my madness,” when questioned by someone about why you did something or why you did something in a particular way. Regarding South Charlotte Baptist Academy, some of you may have wondered about the reasoning behind the dress guidelines that we have established. Well, here at the beginning of the school year, I would like to share the “why” behind the dress guidelines that we have.
First of all, allow me to share several verses from God’s Word:
“In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.” 1 Timothy 2:9-10
“A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behavior (modest behavior), given to hospitality, apt to teach;” 1 Timothy 3:2
“Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.” 1 Peter 3:3-4
The Bible, in these passages and others, teaches the principle of modesty. While most people think of modesty simply in terms of the clothes (or lack of clothes) that an individual wears, it is much more than that. When I talk with individuals about this I explain that modesty means, “Not drawing the wrong kind of or too much attention to yourself.” Think about that just for a moment. Why do people wear some of the clothing that they do? To draw attention to themselves. Why do people sometimes act in the way that they do? To draw attention to themselves. However, instead of seeking to draw attention to ourselves, we should seek to draw attention to Christ.
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16
“Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31
At South Charlotte Baptist Academy it is our desire that our students learn to glorify God in all that they do – including in what they wear and how they wear it. We desire that our students learn to point others to Christ instead of merely seeking to draw attention to themselves.
We have only begun to look at the “why” behind the dress guidelines that we have at South Charlotte Baptist Church. Next, I’d like to pose to each of you the question, “Got M.I.L.K?” Until next time…