Fashion vs Substance
1972 was the year that I became aware of the concept of fashion, and I was not impressed. Credit has to go to my mother. From the moment she emerged from the bedroom wearing a spring-green, polyester pantsuit, I knew that fashion can steer people in the oh-so-very-wrong direction, and it thus became irrelevant to me.
Believers individually and the church corporately are not immune from the influence of fashion. “What’s the current trend?” “Hymns of old or praise songs?” “Liturgical or nonliturgical services?” “What do the polls say?” Do those questions bore you as much as they do me? In some churches, decisions are often largely based on the current fashion or tradition. Many times there is nothing wrong with either option, but it is important to remember that we are talking about fashion or tradition rather than substance. If you’re focusing on the current fashion of “doing church,” you’ve missed the whole point of being there.
I thank God that Jesus transcends fashion. He is the Alpha and Omega, Beginning and End. He is our Savior, our Redeemer, the Lamb of God Who makes our salvation possible. Fashions come and go with the wind, offering nothing of substance. Jesus is Truth and Life and Hope. Keep your focus on what is worthy.