Distinguishing Uniforms by David Dunn
Karate, Judo, Taekwondo, and Kung Fu styles all wear distinguishing types of uniforms. In some schools, the instructor uniforms are different than the student uniforms. For example, in Taekwondo, only black belts can wear a black collar. Colored belt students cannot. Also, the various black trim on the instructors uniform also has significant meaning for the instructors level of training. In traditional Aikido, only blacks are allowed to wear the Hakama.
If we take this a step further, when you see a policeman in uniform you respect the uniform. The uniform represents that he is to protect and serve the citizens of your city. Often when a policeman is not in uniform, they often don’t receive the same respect. Their uniform and badge is what distinguishes them as law enforcement.
As a Christian, the discipline, respect, and courtesy we learn in martial arts for distinguishing uniforms goes far beyond the training hall. We are called to put on the Christian’s uniform. This means that we are to put on Christ. I have no power on my own, but I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13). When you put on the Christian’s uniform, you are a distinguished representative of Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour.
Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.
15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.