“…they shall make holy garments for Aaron thy brother, and his sons, that he may minister unto me in the priest’s office. And they shall take gold, and blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine linen.” Exodus 28:4-5
As a young minister, I wanted to appear professional, so I made up my mind to have black clothes in my wardrobe for all ministerial engagements. However, I had a personal encounter with God that perished the thought.
When I graduated from Bible College I got a beautiful black dress with a royal blue hat and shawl to wear for the thanksgiving service the next day.
That night as I slept, I heard the sound of Christ weeping. In that dream, when I asked why He was crying, He said to me, ‘of everything I did for you that you never appreciated I could bear. But your rejection after I have honored you with a call to ministry, hurts.’
You can imagine my consternation!
Why would He say such a thing to me?
I was happy that finally, I had my ministerial credentials. I have invited family and friends to come celebrate and thank God with me for reaching that milestone. I was not rejecting Him. I was shocked to hear Him say such unkind words to me.
I was sad and felt God was being unfair to me. I asked Him why He said such unkind words to me seeing that I was happy and zealous for the work.
So He pointed to my beautiful black dress that I was so proud of, and asked if the dress pointed to happiness. He explained that on the contrary, the black dress pointed to sadness -mourning.
I was flabbergasted! I never saw that coming. It never entered my tunnel vision that God was particular about colors. Furthermore, He asked me whether black was among the priestly colors.
In addition, He pointed me to the scripture I shared as opening verse-Exodus twenty eight.
He explained that black was the symbol of the Kingdom of darkness. Since I was not a satanic priest, or magician, I should not look like one.
He also said I should carefully observe those who have made black their official ministry-wardrobe, and consider it a manifestation of their ministry’s bent.
People of God, that encounter changed my outlook towards colors, especially for ministry.
From that time till now, I outlawed the color black from our ministry-wardrobe. Even our choirs are only allowed navy blue as their favorite dark color.
This personal lesson from God came back to me today, when I saw a post that needed my approval in one of our numerous groups. Both ministers were dressed in black flowing robes, reminiscent of magicians. I kept staring at their post because something was off.
Outwardly, it was a good post , but I had a check in my Spirit and could not approve it. It was when the Holy Spirit reminded me of the just shared encounter, that I understood the restraint.
People of God, can I have your testimonies or Biblical inputs in this topic-should Christian ministers wear black to minister?
From Hephzibah Christly #theSpiritualWarrior