"The Church should properly understand itself as a people: not as a club or a clinic or a show or a service provider, but something more like a nation, a polis. The Church is not simply in the business of getting individuals saved. The Church's task is to nurture and shape it's members into disciples, who observe everything their Lord- The Lord of heaven and earth- has commanded... It must offer a way of life- a culture- that is distinct from the world's ways. And it must seek to baptize its new members into Christ and into His body, which means that they must be exhorted to abandon their old memberships and allegiances...
Our churches are quite likely to be low commitment clubs for religious people rather than definitive communities of disciples striving to live all of life under God's kingship. For modern Christians, churches are dispensers of eternal security and uplift- fire insurance and mood brighteners- not nurturers of a whole way of life, not the source of the best ways to act and think in all spheres of experience... To resist the disorientations of popular culture, church leaders and their followers need to recover a rich theology and practice of the church as a people with a distinctive culture." - 2012 introduction
Honestly, this is why I wear skirts. Henry Van Til said that culture is religion externalized. We all portray a culture, whether that's that of Southern Belle, NY business woman, Southern California roller blader, or northern mall shopping nail doing Chicagoite. What does my cultural dress, actions, disposition say about my religion? The Botkins in their Reclaiming Beauty Webinar talked about how we will always represent something, someone and that's so true.
I wear a skirt to be a little different. And not just because they are different than the common pants of our age and I'm trying to draw attention or gain kingdom points by being the exact opposite, but because they can portray beauty, modesty, and feminine grace, which I believe God smiles at His children for exhibiting, and that's a good culture to cultivate.
The ladies in our church have agreed to wear skirts especially in public around our tiny town (at home sometimes we have to work in pants), in an effort to show that we are set apart. Not holier than thou, but because our church's culture is deliberately different than the worlds, and we are not to put on a different face when we go out. I wear skirts to wear my culture. Or, at least the culture we are trying to encourage, despite not exactly knowing what that looks like yet since we as a local church are still trying to figure that out what this means for us. :)
Shoes: Stein Mart
Shoes: Stein Mart
Hope y'all have a fabulous week!! Blessings.