I am fascinated by the evolution of jeans. I remember taking pride, as a young boy, in my shiny new denims at the beginning of the school year. So, I have watched in wonderment as society has “progressed” through obsession with pre-faded, acid washed, designer, skin-tight, studded, baggy/saggy, and more. I really scratched my head when people started to buy jeans already ripped. And now, the latest, greatest jean innovation—you can now buy a pair of “distressed” jeans (they already look dirty) from Neiman Marcus for $545.
Why are we so fixated on fashion that we commit to such extremes to fit in? We can’t earn our own fades, rips, or dirt?!
Then, I was reminded of the below verse.
“I am overwhelmed with joy in the LORD my God! For he has dressed me with the clothing of salvation and draped me in a robe of righteousness. I am like a bridegroom in his wedding suit or a bride with her jewels.” Isaiah 61:10
As Christians, we are clothed in righteousness…righteousness we didn’t earn. From now on, when I see jeans, I will always think of this verse and smile knowingly to myself, having been reminded, “Clothes really do make the man.”