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Diminishing the Gap of Hierarchy: The Evolution of Christian Clothing

Human civilizations have evolved throughout the centuries. And this evolution paved the way to the emergence of industrialization, urbanization and globalization, which eventually affected some special areas in our lives such as our livelihood, culture, tradition, and even religion. Some examples of the most significant changes we have experienced are the improvement of the tools we use (from stones to polymers), the clothes we wear (from animal skin to synthetic fibers), the house we live in (from caves to mansions), etc. And speaking of clothes, we can never ignore the increasing trend nowadays of wearing Christian clothing. Clothing includes shirts, caps and other accessories which carry biblical messages on them. A lot of factors have brought the evolution of clothing but the two most prominent of these are none other than human intelligence and imagination.

As human beings are being affected by the evolution, all types of societies and communities are being influenced too. That is, they become more and more vulnerable to outside forces and inevitably become more and more open to new ideas. Communities learn to communicate and share with each other through trade. They exchange valuable products that they think the other party needed the most. Pagan communities gradually became Christians, and barbarian people slowly became refined. And this Christian conversion never cease, as we can see by the gentle conversion movement through Christian clothing. Christian clothing is actually a peaceful way of sharing one's faith with other persons. And clothing is developed to change other people's hearts for the better.

This type of evolution in the community or society does not only happen in large scale; it also happens to small units or groups such as the Church. Perhaps the most important change that happened in the Church is the use of English and other popular languages in preaching and in re-producing the Bible, as a substitute for Latin. This step helped diminish the gap between the clergy and the laity. Another significant change is the modernization of Christian clothes worn especially during Sunday masses. Before, it was the tradition to wear fine clothing during Sunday but now, it is highly encouraged to wear informal clothing. And to encourage this type of clothing, some Christian artists and businessmen targeted the clothing designs. Christian clothing nowadays has urban designs which allow us to wear them anytime, anywhere.

This change to informal Christian clothing most benefits the youth of this generation. They can openly express themselves to others and to their Church community without being look down on. And as a sign of this support for freedom of self-expression through clothing, some businesses are now printing and selling Christian clothing and accessories that will let everyone express their faith no matter what they are wearing. What's more, these youngsters can choose the clothing that best fit their personality and the design that best represent what they believe in.


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