Opinion: What We Wear vs. Who We Are

Brenna Sanchez

Brenna Sanchez

(Edited by Jaime Baldwin and Saul Flores)

I’ve been hearing a lot around campus about what people are wearing, from the newest jogging pants to the new Uggs coming out this winter season. The clothes we wear today say a lot about ourselves. They can even go as far as to define us. As young adults, we are frequently judged on what we wear by our peers, our elders, and previous generations. And as Christians we should show a reflection of God and all of His glory.

Often I see young women wearing what most would call inappropriate clothing. With their skintight spandex and sheer blouses, short Daisy Dukes and such low cut shirts that heaven forbid they bend over. I myself have a few pair of each of these things. Young men as well are being judged for what they adorn themselves with. Long, gold chains, baggy shorts and cut off workout shirts that are so loose and open they may as well not even wear a shirt.

These things probably shouldn’t be worn. No one should try to be defined by what clothing they decide to put on. What we all need to understand is that no matter what you wear, we are all children of God. You may call me a hippie for saying this, but we all have love inside of us and we are all beautiful beings made by God.

If someone is wearing shorts that are a little too short, don’t judge them for it. Compliment them on their top or their hair and move on. The next time you see a young man whose pants are experiencing gravity a little more harshly than the rest of the world, let him know his boxers are showing and move on. In all honesty, we shouldn’t even be noticing their outward appearance. We should love them for their hearts and their brains (not in a zombie way). The old cliché that says “It’s what’s on the inside that counts” is so true.

As true Christians and children of God, we should live with our focus on Him, not what skirt Sally Jones wore last Thursday. Judging someone is never the way to go and empathy should always be considered before hand. If we have our minds on Christ, then we may dress more modestly. But that’s between you and God. Not for everyone and their grandma to decide.

“There’s nothing wrong with enjoying looking at the surface of the ocean itself, except that when you finally see what goes on underwater, you realize that you’ve been missing the whole point of the ocean. Staying on the surface all the time is like going to the circus and staring at the outside of the tent.”
― Dave Barry

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