Piety & Elegance Revisited

Since posting on piety and elegance a day or so ago, I have realized from one or two of the comments that I need to clarify what I was saying. Sometimes a pithy blog-post works, sometimes not. This time my pithiness contributed to misunderstanding, I fear. I am not recommending over-the-top spending on clothes or lifestyle. Scripture calls us always to be careful in how we use money. I am recommending dressing nicely and smartly for the public square. Dowdiness is not piety. And nor is “gym-ware.” The latter seems to be the rage in our culture—and Christians have followed suit. Wearing gym clothes is fine when doing athletics—but not for the public square. Clothes do not recommend us to God, to be sure. But they do say something about the heart.