Looking Like God’s People

And it shall come to pass in the day of the LORD’s sacrifice, that I will punish the princes, and the king’s children, and all such as are clothed with strange apparel.

Zephaniah 1:8

There are quite a few Old Testament verses that, while not written directly to us or about us, do provide us with important principles that can help us if we will pay attention to them.  They also serve to give us a glimpse into the nature of God and help us to understand Him more.  This is one of those verses.

Zephaniah is a book of judgment, and, in this verse, God gives a short list of people that He is going to judge: “princes, and the king’s children, and all such as are clothed with strange apparel.”  I don’t know about the princes and the king’s children, but I can comment a little about strange apparel.

Apparently, from this verse, we see the principle that God expects His people to look a certain way.  Plenty of good books have been written on the subject of what types of clothing are good and appropriate, so I won’t delve too much into that area, but again, I will point out the principle.

This verse refers to “strange apparel.”  I don’t know exactly what “strange apparel” is, but I think if take a look at the average teenager in any mall, you will find some good examples.  Strange apparel does not belong on God’s people.  God expects His people to look like they are His people.  It is sad that so many Christians so desperately want to look and act just like the world.  If we are Christians, we should want to look like Christians.  That’s not some crazy, old-fashioned thing, it’s common sense.

I am a Chicago Cubs baseball fan.  This summer, I went to see the Cubs play the Royals in Kansas City.  I wore my Cubs shirt and hat.  I didn’t care if there were 40,000 Royals fans there and I didn’t care if I was the only person in the stadium wearing a Cubs shirt and hat.  I wanted to make it abundantly clear what “team I was on”.  Even though the Cubs have not won a Championship since 1908 (103 years and counting) and are one of the worst teams in baseball, I am not embarrassed to be identified with them.  I wear Cubs hats and shirts all the time.  That seems natural.

If it seems natural to want to be identified with your favourite team, why would be weird and strange to want to be clearly identified as a Christian?  Food for thought.

2 responses to this post.

  1. Ben, you example was just so good! We want others to see what team we are on! You had me giggling about seeing strange apparel on teens at the mall. haha! Thank you more than you know and than I can say without writing a book here. He has confirmed something to me through you! God bless you and Go Team Jesus!


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