Please Dress Modestly (especially at church.)
Warning: This post may (probably will) offend those who have an affinity for fashion, peeling off layers of clothing when the sun comes out, sun worshipping, lulu-lemon, yoga pants, shorts, miniskirts and low cut shirts and dresses, and the like.
Have you noticed? The sun is staying out longer. And as the temperatures rise, we also see a directly proportional increase in bare skin. The higher the temperature gets, the more the clothing comes off.
During the week it is not at all uncommon to see a lady in bum hugging short shorts, super low cut V necks with super cleavage boosting bras – or no bra at all. None of it leaving much to the imagination. I am not talking of people I don’t know either… some of these ladies are my sisters in Christ. Can I just say that if my wife or daughters ever dressed like some of the young Christian ladies I have seen, I would remove myself from the eligibility list for office bearers because I obviously do not manage my own household very well.
“Many of the current fashions for young women appear to be apparel in standard use down at the local Hooker Training Academy. As my wife recently put it, “It must be difficult for men these days trying to figure out which ones they have to pay for and which ones are free.”…the sin starts when Mom gives up in frustration and allows her daughter to dress this way, and Dad then ratifies the decision by letting her go out of the house.”…Too tight” is the most popular mode of disobedience among modern evangelicals. The whole world is invited to gawk at the topographical evidence concerning exactly where her underwear starts and stops, along with the exact condition, location, and size of her breasts. Many Christian women go to worship today dressed in a manner that would have gotten them thrown out of a bar fifty years ago. Ah, Christian liberty.” ~ Modest Daughters
Ok let’s be honest with each other here; that may sound harsh, but if modesty didn’t matter, God wouldn’t talk about it in the Bible:
I also want the women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, adorning themselves, not with elaborate hairstyles or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God.1 Timothy 2:9
When the Bible calls for modest clothing, it says the clothing should be appropriate for those “who profess to worship God. “ That means clothing should cover what it should cover. Now, it is not only miniskirts and daisy-dukes that are immodest, so are low-cut or see-through or too-short sundresses and those thigh-hugging lulu- lemon yoga pants that clearly show the world where your underwear begins and where it ends. My point here is that clothing should cover our nakedness – not draw attention to it.
Now, to clarify, I am not trying to doubt anyone’s sincerity of faith. I am sure that those young Christian ladies I mentioned at the beginning of this post do really love the Lord and desire to serve Him, but their clothing sends all the wrong signals. If they love Jesus, and I am sure they do, they are proving themselves to be spiritually immature and unwise in how they dress. Perhaps they just want to feel good about themselves or maybe they simply want to be in style, or perhaps they don’t know better. But being ignorant is no excuse. Ladies trust me, you do not want a guy who would rather you look like a recent graduate of the “Hooker Training Academy” than a godly woman.
What kind of clothing do you wear? This goes for both guys and girls. What effect does your appearance have on others? When people look at you, does your clothing and appearance protect them from sinful thoughts and help them to take you seriously as a fellow believer? I am not only speaking of lust, I am also talking about the sin of haughty eyes or gossip, or any other sin that might be triggered by wearing too tight, or too little, clothing.
Now can I just throw this in? I do not like to have to avert my eyes from a sister in Christ who walks past me on a sunny day, nor do I want to worry about accidentally looking “down” when I am talking to her…
Especially at church!
And neither do any of the other Christian guys!
They just won’t say it – I will.
Please dress modestly at church. And no I am not saying wear a burka or a parka, simply cover what should be covered. You can look attractive and feminine and be modest at the same time. For example, I don’t know many guys who would say this look (on the left) is unattractive, it covers what needs covering ( and appears to be summer appropriate).
As parents, it is important for these things to be discussed in the home. A father and mother should take care to instruct their children on modesty and living a godly life, which includes our choice of clothing.
Nakedness is beautiful in the context of a marriage between a man and a woman, nakedness is not beautiful as a public display – intentional or not. On a personal note, my wife is my standard of beauty, no one else. So I would appreciate it if you would all dress modestly.
I received a number of responses to this post so I continued my thoughts with this post: How Should A Christian Dress?