In some societies, the look of holiness changes from one generation to the next. Three or four decades ago, holy women didn’t wear pants. They were not to look like men, preachers said. The Bible passages used to defend holy clothing were written when men and women wore similar clothing, robes, not pants. Holy fashion is seldom up to date. It keeps a righteous distance between itself and current styles.
What does holiness look like? Peter, after urging believers to be “holy in all your conduct and manner of living,” (I Peter 1:15), sums up his call to holiness in these words – “love one another fervently from a pure heart.” So many answers to life’s questions trace back to one thing – love.
Segments of Christian sub-culture make holiness about outward appearance when it’s really a heart issue. One holy group came to Jesus. To them holiness was all about cleanliness and what a person ate or drank. Jesus told them that it’s not what goes into a person that contaminates them, it’s what comes out.
Holiness isn’t achieved by following diets or dress codes . . . it comes from a clean heart. (This doesn’t mean that a person can’t be extremely modest, like the volleyball playing girls at the beach and have clean hearts as well.)
Are you looking for a clean heart? Love God and put Him first. Out of your love for Him, holiness will grow. In time, holiness will become visible through your actions, words and lifestyle.