If you've been on the Internet or tuned in to any news lately, you probably know that this week has been New York Fashion Week for Spring/Summer 2013.
So many people -- the super famous, the artists, the media, the models, the buyers, and even the ticket takers -- gathered in one place to celebrate the artistry of style and fashion. The world has its eye on this special week in the Big Apple and waits with anticipation for photos, reviews, and fads.
The people who gather at this event make the decisions today about what we'll be wearing tomorrow, and their inspirations will infiltrate our lives in more ways than what we might think. We could get angry and say all their "art" is trash (and there are plenty of items that would better have a place in the burn pile), but our anger toward their artistic expressions will not change the fact that all these people are souls bound for eternity, just as you and I.
Where their souls are destined brings me to tears. Now, I'm not saying that all involved are destined for eternity without Christ, but largely, as I observe their actions, it's pretty easy to see whether or not they're showing fruits of the Christian walk. Overwhelmingly, I see vanity, lust, greed, idolatry, and pride as the pinnacles to the fashion god's temple.
These souls need Jesus! So how can we slander and become angry? Our hearts should break for them. No, we shouldn't follow them, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't interact with them. We should follow Christ and lead them to Him. My heart mourns to see so much creativity and striving for beauty in so many people, yet they don't even recognize the God who gave them the ability to create!
Take some time in your prayer life for these souls. Think of a creative way to spread Christ's love to them! Write prayers and periodically send them to a famous designer or celebrity, or encourage them through their instagrams or twitter feeds. Or if the Lord calls you to become a fashion designer, design for HIS glory and lead hearts to HIM!
"And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them."