It takes more than a dress to make a Princess …

I know.

Technically she’s not a Princess. She’s a Duchess. Or she WILL be if she makes it to the church, gets through a few lines without major mishap and then manages the ‘out’ aisle and the carriage ride behind horses she’s allergic to.

And the last major secret of the wedding to date? It’s the dress, apparently, according to the Today programme on Radio 4. Such a FUSS about a dress.

Biblically the first clothes were a little more basic.

In Genesis 3:7 the first clothes were cobbled up out of fig leaves … but their own devices were so inadequate that God quickly gave mankind garments of leather (Genesis 3:21).

Why?

Because the knowledge of good and evil that came with those forbidden apples brought the awareness of nakedness and gave birth to shame.

So Biblically clothes are a cover-up … and a necessary one (what bride would walk down the aisle in her underwear – or less?) … because of human sin and the sensation of subjective guilt.

And Biblically that’s addressed not with designer wedding dresses, but by being clothed (covered for sin and shame) with Christ … Galatians 3:26-28 spells it out

I imagine that issue won’t arise in the media commentary today … but it will in my sermon on Sunday. Check it out Monday at http://www.grace-llandeilo.org.uk/sermons/galatians-vital-grace for a simple Biblical analysis of where Jesus Christ takes us on clothing, ethnicity, social standing and gender.

Because it takes more than a dress to make a princess …

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About welshrev

Simon is a church planting pastor and Rural Chaplain based at Grace Church Llandeilo and serving the Heart of Wales. He has a Facebook page as Rev Simon Bowkett and the Grace Church website has lots of information and resources at www.grace-llandeilo.org.uk Facebook page is 'Grace Christian Community Llandeilo' ... you would be welcome to drop by there for a chat!
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