Every so often our news will carry a story about a school struggling with the question of going to mandatory uniforms. It’s easy to understand the logic. Some of the most respected people in our society are those who wear uniforms.
Proponents of school uniforms could probably produce studies that show that students are more likely to respect themselves and each other when wearing uniforms, too.
On the other hand, we also hear stories about people bringing disgrace to the uniforms they wear: criminal charges against professional ballplayers, corruption in police departments, and sexual abuse by clergy. Examples such as these indicate that just putting on a uniform does not make a person better.
Listen to the apostle Paul describe a different kind of clothing: “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience” (Colossians 3:12).
Notice that Paul isn’t just describing a change in outward appearances. Nor is he suggesting that we can somehow will ourselves into better behavior.
We don’t earn the right to wear the clothes Paul describes. They come from being loved by God.
It all starts with the compassion Jesus had on the crowds he encountered in his ministry. “When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick,” (Matthew 14:14). It was a compassion that moved him to lay down his life for the world.
Believing that Jesus loved us enough to die for us is what makes us one of his people. It also is what produces a change in our attitude.
As God’s dearly loved people, we want to reflect the kind of compassion Jesus showed to the crowds. That is something that will be as plain to see as any uniform.
Real changes in our lives won’t happen just because we put on a district-mandated or color-coordinated outfit. That clothing just changes us on the outside. The inner change begins when we are clothed with God’s love.
Stop by and let’s talk about it. We’ve got all sorts of those garments to give away.
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Sunday School and Adult Bible Study
10:15 AM - 11:00 AM
coffee and treats
Summer Sunday Worship services
Memorial Day weekend thru Labor Day weekend
no Sunday School
Fellowship coffee/snacks following Sunday service: cancelled until
19 min Bible Study Sundays
Holy Communion is celebrated on the first and third Sundays of the month and the Wednesdays preceding these Sundays. The WELS synod practices close communion, contact Pastor Barlow for more information.
EVENTS at CROSS: Watch Calendar page for full listing
Cross Lights Sunday August 1st
River Days Parade
Sunday August 15
Church Council Picnic Thursday August 12th
MBBS (Men's Breakfast Bible Study) Saturday August 21st