Sounds really bad but here me out: There are lots of bloggers that can write 20 times better than me and I want to be able to share my messages with their words.
So here is a bit from Kim from Sweet Water and Bitter:
"Whenever a Christian starts talking about standards of dress, somebody will cry “Legalism!” and state how they have freedom in Christ and it doesn’t matter what they put on their bodies. But do a little bit more studying on the subject, and you’re bound to run across the example of “wearing the uniform of the team you represent.” I happen to be watching the Georgia/Florida football game right now, and I can tell you that if a guy came on the field in an orange and blue (FL) uniform and started running touchdowns for Georgia, everybody would be very confused. (Don’t get me wrong, Georgia would be GLAD for somebody to run them a touchdown right about now, but I’m digressing again.) It’s pretty simple, really…if you dress rather simply and modestly, you’re likely to be perceived as a Christian. Dress like a floozy and you’ll be assumed to be a floozy. Dress like a bum or just like a pure-T fool with your pants hanging off your rear and a tattoo of some silly character on your body—you’ll look like a bum or a fool. So what do you want to say with your appearance? Do you count on your behavior and demeanor to CORRECT the initial negative impression you made? Or just reinforce a positive one?"
I totally agree with this interpretation. Maybe you have heard the question "When you get dressed, who are you dressing to please?" as a good indicator but this sort of alternative is more broad: Whose team are you playing for?
I like the broad-ness because then it applies to more than just the clothes on your back. It becomes about your language, attitude, goals and intentions, etc.
You can take it and make a connection even to showing love to people, like 1 Corinthians 13:13 says: And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
Like Kim, Ive seen people that will cry "Legalism!" in their excuses of why they choose to conform to this world with their choices.
But as the song goes, you cant be a beacon if your light dont shine.
Whose team are you playing for? Whose team are we playing for?
PS: The song reference is to a song of The Stutzman Sisters' "I have a Vision" album. A similar rendition is below.