Well.. you will not find uniforms in the New Testament Church, unless you count the Roman Soldiers. You will find uniforms in the Pharisees and Saduccees. They have uniforms that are based in the Old Testament though.
Here is a picture of a priest in uniform during Jesus day.
Then under Constantine differences between, bishop, priest, and deacon started. In AD 330, the clergy dress began to match the dress of their secular counterparts in the Roman government. But, as we know, fashion is never stable. It always changes with the whims of man. Later on, the flowing garments of the Romans gave way to the short tunics of the Goths, but the Romans refused to change their style! Kinda like how parachute pants of the 80's gave way to ripped jeans in the 90's!
The clergy continued to wear these outdated garments and began to believe this was the "holy" style. They believed this so much so that when laymen adopted a new style of dress the clergy said it was "worldly" and "barbarian."
In the protestant era, black became the color of clergy symbolizing his spiritual authority (Did they forget about the white?). I guess preachers can go goth! When this started black was the color of doctors, lawyers, and other professionals; just like the dark suit today is the choice of politicians and professionals. The clerical collar goes back to 1865. It is not a Catholic invention. The Anglicans started this fashion trend. It was invented so ministers could slip it on at anytime so that people could recognize them as "men of God."
With all this talk about style I can't help but think what Paul wrote in Colossians, "As God's chosen people, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience." (3:12 NIV)
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