Modesty Perplexity

September 7, 2016

I just don’t get it.

In short—whatever happened to modesty among God’s people?

From what I see in the Bible, a Christian’s standard of dress is not up for discussion. We are to be modest people. We should not expose ourselves as is the custom of most of the world. We are to be decent and covered up. 

My great concern is for the many Christians I see letting down the standard in the area of modesty. My greater concern is for the many pastors, missionaries and evangelists who, apparently, are no longer preaching about modesty! Sheep will follow their shepherds – John 10:27, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:” 

I ask myself why this is and how can this be? The same brothers and sisters in Christ I have known for years are allover Facebook wearing low-cut tops, shorts, tank tops, short dresses; and I think to myself—what must the world think of us?

To tell you the truth, I dread opening some of the missions’ letters I get, fearing the newest family photos, wondering what the missionaries’ wives or daughters will be wearing (or not wearing) and wondering how I’m supposed to post that picture knowing what I preach and what our church believes and practices.
So I can hear the comebacks already: “The Bible doesn’t tell us exactly what to wear, we have liberty in Christ, times are changing, there’s nothing wrong with a modest amount of exposure and you’re legalistic…”
I rejoice that I can go to the Book of Books to defend my point of view on modesty. 

In Genesis 3, we read that after Adam and Eve sinned they knew they were naked, made aprons, and hid themselves. God confronts them and clothes them with coats. These coats covered their bodies. Strong’s tells us this coat was a long tunic, generally with sleeves. 

Another time God designs apparel is found in the book of Revelation. The dress code for heaven will be robes. Below the knee, covering up the body, glorifying to God.

I have always concluded that the way a person dresses is just a manifestation of what’s in their heart, for true modest is not merely external.

Dressing modestly in this day and age isn’t always easy—especially for the ladies. It can prove challenging; but a godly woman will not drop her standards because her resources are limited. Christians continue to follow the Lord and His Word. God doesn’t change—why should we?

John 8:31-32, “Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on Him, if ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.”

Romans 6:22, “But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.”

I Timothy 2:9-10 “In like manner also, that the women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.”

We are redeemed sinners living in a fallen world. But we bear the image of our Creator and we are to be a reflection of Him.

To those of you who truly want to do the right thing but are confused by all the mixed messages, double standards, and various interpretations: If in doubt, wear more clothes!

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