Picture a beautiful church decorated just right for a gorgeous wedding. The pastor, the bride’s maids, the groomsmen and the groom all anxiously wait at the front waiting for The Moment. That precise second when the bride enters the building and all eyes turn to see how radiant she looks in her exquisite wedding dress. The doors throw open and the bride walks in … wearing not much of anything. How wrong is that?
You can Google “Ugly Wedding Dress” and find all kinds of examples of wedding dress that should not be worn. At all. Ever. Many of them are way too revealing. You should not wear similar things on your wedding day as you do on your wedding night.
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Let us rejoice and be glad
and give him glory!
For the wedding of the Lamb has come,
and his bride has made herself ready.
Fine linen, bright and clean,
was given her to wear.”
(Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the saints.)
Then the angel said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!'” And he added, “These are the true words of God.”
The bride of Christ, the Church, is clothed is “the righteous acts of the saints.” The things we do for Christ are what will clothe us for the marriage supper of the Lamb. How frightening is that? What are we dressing ourselves in for that glorious day?
Notice, though, that even when the linen is described as being the righteous works of the saints, it is still said to have been given to the bride. Our works are not our own, not in salvation and not after it either. We merely accept those works. Christ is the one who is at work in and through us to accomplish His goals and to clothe His bride. The problem comes when we think we know more about what to wear that day than He does.
Every bride deserves to wear a beautiful dress that is perfect for her. Every husband loves to see his bride wearing that special dress. Jesus is no different. His bride should not be one that ends up on a tacky wedding dress blog. His bride should be one clothed in stunning bright, clean, beautiful white dress.
The title of my post is a bit provocative and that is intentional. Often times Christians make a habit of being “outraged” about everything. Everything, but things that actually matter. We spend so much times focusing on all the shocking things the world does. We protest this store or that show. We lament the degradation of culture and the effect it has on our kids. We just never get around to being outraged about our lack of conformity to Christ.
It’s a national tragedy if we hear a rumor that the President might not attend the National Day of Prayer. It’s no big deal that we don’t pray before meals in our house. We will campaign Congress to place the Ten Commandments all over every federal, state and local government building, but we just can’t find the time to actually read the Ten Commandments or any other part of the Bible. We get up in arms about a mosque being built near Ground Zero in New York, while we really could care less about the lack of evangelical churches being planted in NYC.
Isn’t it about time we were outraged that the vast majority of Christians in America contribute little to no materials for the wedding gown of the Bride of Christ? Shouldn’t our goal be to live Christlike lives that have a real influence for Christ instead of looking for the latest faux-controversy to write a Facebook status about, so we get all of our Christian friends to click “Like.” Jesus’ bride is not going to be dressed in hundreds of Facebook “Likes.” The Bible says the Church will be clothed in the good works done through and for Christ.
If you want to “Like” this post, get out there and start making that dress!
[This is an edited and expanded post from earlier in the year. No totally new writing until I can get rid of this cough and fever that has been on me since the end of last week.]