The church and fashion. This can be a tricky topic. Some believe that the bare minimum means they are closer to holiness and fulfilling the call to be modest. While, others have no problem blinging out, heels to the sky, hair/brow SLAYED and giving God all the glory! Then there are those like me that fall smack in the middle. I love a fabulous outfit honey but I am not one to be glammed up all of the time. One particular woman of God who’s fashion sense I absolutely love is none other than Sarah Jakes Roberts.
Mrs. Roberts’s style is modest yet elegant. Effortless looking! Her stylist, who goes by the name @iamhdiddy has her killing the game. Who would have thought a woman who loves God could actually look amazing doing it? Sometimes it seems as though some people want us to carry their struggles with them or even for them at times. Twisting scripture and forcing cultural laws on women who genuinely honor God with their whole lives. Women who sincerely just want to feel and look as good on the outside as they do on the inside.
Well the first lady of One Church LA, Mrs. Sarah Jakes Roberts is breaking the stereotype of what a “Christian Woman” or even First Lady for that matter is supposed to look like. She is not afraid to take “religious fashion” risks. She stands on the foundation of her authentic relationship with God. She rocks pants, jewels, pumps, various hairstyles, handbags and other accessories.
You see the freedom of fashion as a Christian comes from knowing your place, your position, your value in Christ. It’s not based, or at least should not be based on the opinions of others or on cultural standards. In actuality, this is the foundation that keeps you from being immodest. Your ultimate judge is Christ. Meaning, Am I representing Christ well? I love the scripture that says, ” Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.” – Proverbs 4:23 & Luke 6:45. If Christ truly dwells in our hearts and the Holy Spirit has his home on the inside of us. Then, that is what shines through on the outside as well.
Personally, I love to see a follower of Christ dressed outside of the “norm”. You’ve seen them before… The guy with a hoodie, dreads and jeans. The girl with multi colored hair and bold lipstick. The glammed up sister who if needed, takes off her heels to sit in the grass and encourage someone. Or even the brother, whose has well manicured hands, clean cut, nice J.Crew sweater and slacks who will go to war in prayer for any one in need. Yes, all of those fashion statements- all of them with hearts owned by God.
Step outside of what you think Christians are supposed to look. Jesus was the farthest looking person from a king. Yet, indeed he is the King of Kings. David certainly did not look like he was the one to slay a giant. Yet out of an entire army of well trained and well dress soldiers; it was a boy, his sling and the anointing of the Almighty God over and in him that conquer Goliath.
I don’t know about you but I am so thankful that God looks on the inside of man and reviews the content of his heart rather than the clothes he wears. Whether I am dressed in sweats with holes in them or dolled up with a full beat face and pumps. My heart belongs to God. Hope yours does too!
Love Ya to Peace,
** Photos taken from Instagram/sarahjakesroberts. All image rights belong to Sarah Jakes Roberts.