Clothes and Missionary Life
But clothes don’t make the man! It is the heart that matters.
Missionaries must avoid legalism and imposing western traditions on others. Remember the old joke? "How can you tell who is the indigenous peoples first native born preacher? answer: "He is the one wearing the 3-piece polyester suit and neck tie in 110 degree weather!" Missionaries must understand the rationale for clothes as taught in Genesis.
The Bible warns of man’s tendency to teach human standards,
“If you have died with Christ to the elementary principles
(which all refer to things destined to perish with use) -- in accordance with the commandments and teachings of men?
These are matters which have, to be sure,