Wednesday, April 4, 2012

What if we were different?

The ladies in our church have been having some great discussions about modesty and how to dress to protect our brothers in the Lord. 

I have been so encouraged by the ways we are challenging each other to be living for the Lord, even in the way we dress.
Modesty discussions have always been a touchy subject for me.
I grew up being allowed to only wear very long dresses with "modesty" as the reason. Although that may be one person's way of displaying modesty, I don't believe that's the only way to be obedient to the Lord in this.

Now that I'm the one making the decisions about what I wear, my natural tendency is to want to wear exactly what every one else is wearing!
 I like to fit in and be like everyone else. 
There's a problem with that. I'm not just like everyone else. I'm a daughter of the Creator of this world, the King of everything, God Most High!
 What I wear makes a statement about who I am, whether I am aware of it or not. 

To be honest, I'm a little nervous to even write on this topic. I don't have it all figured out, and I know that not everyone will agree with me. But this is definitely a topic that keeps coming up around me, and one that I feel is important.

Why are we so careful as Christian women to make sure our houses are clean, the Christian music is playing on the radio, the books we read are Christian, and that the things we say reflect Christ. Do we forget that the way we dress also makes a statement? It's a huge statement. It's one that people we never even speak to will hear loudly.

No, I'm not going to tell you what I think you should wear, and what I think you shouldn't. It doesn't matter what I think. It's an issue of the heart.

Genesis 2:25 The man and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.

It seems clear that without sin, modesty would not be an issue.

Genesis 3:7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.
Genesis 3:21 The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.

After sin, God covered nakedness. Why then, is the world so adamantly trying to expose it?

 If it were not important that Adam and Eve's nakedness be covered properly, God would not have sacrificed an animal in order to make them garments of skin.
Is it possible then, that when we flaunt our bodies and "show too much skin" that we are implying we don't need what God offered to Adam and Eve?
I'm not saying we need to wear baggy unflattering clothes that completely cover the shape of our bodies, but ask yourself, 
would I be comfortable wearing this in the presence of Christ?
If not, it's not worth it to wear it. There are plenty of cute clothes that are modest as well. Yes, you may have to shop around a little more, or pay a higher price, but that's a small price to pay for being a testimony for Christ and an example to those around us. 

What if we stopped wearing things just because it's what everyone around us is wearing, and took the time to represent the Lord with the way we dress?
We aren't called to be like everyone else. 
We are daughters of the King! 
What if we dressed like it?

6 comments:

  1. I love the point you make about protecting our brothers with our choices in what we wear. That is so true and I never thought about it that way. We so often think we need to protect ourselves and demand respect with what we wear...but enticing the males in our life is something to be JUST as cognizant of. Great post!

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  2. I think this was well written considering it being a delicate topic. Very delicate. I spoke about this once, definitely regret my approach. You definitely spoke with more poise and reflection,

    My attitude on clothing has drastically changed over the years. It's about freedom, not just freedom from legalism, but freedom from bondage and brokeness. Freedom to be me. The victory cry, "It is for freedom that we were set free."

    Yeah there is a physical attraction when a woman flaunts her body, but I wonder if it sometimes that reinforces a fear or belief of "This is all I have to offer." And the more we act on our fears the more real they become.

    I'm a guy, i could be way off, I'm just sharing my thoughts as a guy.

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  3. That's SUCH A good point and this is a great post. The first time I ever really thought about modesty was during a Bible study and a man on the video we watched at the meeting said that women could keep him from being worshipful at church. Even if they were seated on the other side of the church, he knew they were there and couldn't focus on God. From then on, I made a point to dress modestly. I never want to be the REASON another person is UNABLE to worship.

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  4. This is a great post and you said it perfectly! Such great points!!
    Thank you for linking up with me!!
    Have a wonderful weekend and Easter!

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  5. This is a great post!! "would I be comfortable wearing this in the presence of Christ?" That is SUCH a great question!

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  6. I have been thinking about this a ton lately. I have seen girls while shopping and thought "If they can dress like that I can too, right?" And then I think "Am I dressing in a way that is not pleasing to my Lord and King?" Your idea of asking "would I be comfortable wearing this in the presence of Christ?" has inspired me to make it my wardrobe motto!! =) Thanks for posting about modesty, it's so hard to be modest when so many people around you are not encouraging it.

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