"I really don’t care. Do U?"

Last week, Melania Trump met detained children at the Texas border.

But as she boarded her plane, the First Lady wore a jacket which on the back said “I really don’t care. Do U?”

Mixed messages

Whether we like it or not, the clothes we wear send messages. And sometimes those messages can detract from what we really want to say.

I'm sure she didn't intend for her jacket to offend. But whatever Melania intended, it didn't stop her jacket from drawing lots of attention.

And that attention took away from the message she really wanted to make last Thursday.

God and Clothes

Paul wrote to Timothy about the church’s priority to share the gospel. And that even includes what God's people should wear.

At one point he addresses women in particular.  

Women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self control. 1 Timothy 2:9

As people who believe the gospel, God wants us want to wear things that glorify it and not detract from it.

Clothes and You

This certainly isn’t a women-only issue. As in the case of Melania Trump, it’s not only about modesty.

Yes, it may mean picking slightly longer shorts. Or keeping our shirt on during a kick about in the park.

But it may also mean not buying that top with a false slogan. It may mean not always having to wear designer brands.

What we wear can send powerful messages about what we believe and love. So let’s not be fooled, thinking that God has nothing to say about our wardrobe.

What we put on may be helpful or completely neutral in the promotion of the gospel. 

But as Melania Trump found out, it can also detract from it.