This strip brings to mind one of my favorite quips, If the King James Version was good enough for Paul, then it’s good enough for me!
Those who fret about the perpetual worsening of culture often have a very short memory and very little conception of the things which have happened in the distant and not so distant past. It wasn’t terribly long ago we were burning people at the steak for translating the Bible – closer than that was owning other people so we could get richer – closer than that was only letting certain colors of people in our businesses. Yet we’re often ingrained with this idea that things are generally getting worse and worse. Often our remedies have little to no grounding in scripture, like Jimothy’s solution for men and women’s dress.
Living separate from the world and establishing an identity through dress that binds a community together is one thing. Holding women to antiquated standards while allowing men to blend in with contemporary culture is quite another. If we really want to get back to the New Testament church, then we need to break out tunics and robes for everyone.
What would it look like to dress exactly like the 1st century church?
Since we aren’t interested in dressing like Bible characters, how do we determine what it means to dress well?
If culture is getting worse and worse, why are things so much better now than 200 years ago for so many people?