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The Dress Code Colossians 3:12-17

The Dress Code

Christians should be conscious of the "character clothing" they wear.

At a Glance

We Americans are used to dressing casual, or "smart casual," for just about any occasion. If circumstances warrant, we can even dress down -- to tank tops, straw hats and flip-flops. Generally, we don't like dress codes. But airlines do. They reserve the right to boot us off a flight if our attire is deemed offensive. This brings us to Colossians 3. The apostle Paul talks about his tastes in fashion.

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's gospel text, see "The Anxiety Machine," November 29, 2009, at

Let's begin by jumping in the "way-back-when" machine for a moment.

Imagine it's Christmas week in 1955 and you're getting ready to board an airplane to head back home to grandma's for the holidays. If you're getting on the plane at all it means that you're probably having a very merry Christmas given that your bank account must be fatter than Santa's. Commercial air travel is still a fairly new concept in 1955, and the...

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