2013 Oscars Best-Dressed
Did you watch the Oscars last week? I did not. To be honest, I think the Academy Awards show is boring.
However, I do find the red carpet fashion fascinating. So instead of checking last Monday morning to see who won best actress or best picture, I searched “Oscar best dressed.”
The Google search rewarded me with several pages of fashion list fun. Vogue, Cosmopolitan, the LA Times, Forbes, MTV, and dozens more offered Top Ten Oscar Best Dressed.
Funny though, no two lists were the same. It seems that what qualifies as “Best Dressed” is very subjective. Some like sequins and some don’t. Some adore ruffles and others abhor them. For instance, Anne Hathaway was Best Dressed #1 on Vogue’s list, but I only spotted her on one other list.
Holiness is Always in Fashion
The Bible also has a “Best Dressed” list. In the book of Colossians, Paul tells us very clearly and objectively “what to wear” and “what not to wear.”
12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Colossians 3:12-14, NIV
Every best-dressed Christian will be constantly clothed in holiness. Paul describes our holy ensemble with adjectives like compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, and forgiveness. And a big bow of love ties it all together.
Paul also clearly states what is always “out-of-fashion” for followers of Christ: Sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires, greed, anger, rage, malice, slander, filthy language, and lying (See Colossians 3:5-10).
So, what about us? Are we on God’s “Best-Dressed” list? We can’t buy His latest fashion at Steinmart or Macy’s. But through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit we can remove the clothing of our sinful nature and step into the holy clothing that reflects Christ to the world.
Do you need a spiritual fashion makeover? What’s the hardest thing to “take off” and the most difficult thing to “put on?”