Can you be into an Alternative
Sub-Culture and be a Christian?

Can you be a Goth, Emo, Punk, Metal Head, Mosher, Skater…etc., etc., and be a Christian?

Some people get really hung up on a person's appearance. Say someone walks into a church wearing black and looking 'a bit weird' (with piercings, or strange make up, etc.) some people automatically assume that such an individual is not a Christian. But it can be worse still. If that person is unfortunate enough to walk into one of those churches that seem to be caught in some sort of 1950’s time warp then they may even be suspected of being a Satanist (as all true Christians wear suits…don’t you know?)!

But is it such a big deal how a person looks or dresses? The Pharisees of Jesus' day seemed to think so, but Jesus saw right through them and called them "white washed tombs full of dead men's bones and all things rotten." And we need to bear in mind that in our own day some of the most evil men in the world wear suits, as do a whole host of imposters, charlatans, and false prophets.

So, can you be a Christian and wear alternative clothing? I am convinced that you can. In fact, I think it is great to see Christian young people expressing their individuality and tearing down the stereotypical images that some people have of the way Christians should look in their appearance. As long as a person‘s appearance is not deliberately offensive it would appear that God cares little about what we look like on the outside (read 1 Sam. 16:7; John 7:24 for proof of this).

God’s real concern is with our inner heart condition, and having our sin dealt with by Him (Rom. 3:23; 6:23). Better to be wearing black on the outside than be wearing it on the inside.

It is also worth remembering that Jesus was probably one of the most alternative people of His day. Rather than being a weak and boring religious figure (a false but common misconception) He was radical, challenged the authorities, and wasn’t afraid of being different. Still a great role model for all alternatives to follow.

If you have ever thought about exploring the Christian faith but thought that you would have to ditch your alternative clothing, think again. You will be glad to know that you don’t have to wear a suit, or sandals, or some sort of hideous role up neck Christmas jumper!

I would challenge you to put aside the false images that the world (and sadly, some parts of the Church too) has put upon Christ and Christianity and read the Gospels with fresh eyes. You may be surprised at just how alternative Jesus is.

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