God versus Culture: Modesty (2)

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Modesty is when we adhere carefully to a higher calling in all aspects of our lives. We are careful to be godly in our speech, behavior, attire and attitude. We are more than just reserved, we are respectful of God’s blessings and oversight.

Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19). Moreover, we carry Christ’s name wherever we go. We are in his body and walk according to his will (Acts 2:47; Ephesians 1:22-23). We are not our own anymore because we have been purchased by Christ (1 Corinthians 6:20; Acts 20:28).

When we work with a company and wear their uniform, we must always be mindful of what we are representing. We would have to watch our language, clothing and behavior. Why would this be any less true of our actions while we wear Christ’s name?

Romans 12:1-2 says, in part, that we are to “present our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that [we] may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (NKJV).

Several points in reference to modesty can be made.

First, our bodies are not our own. If we are married, our spouses “have authority over [our] bod[ies]” (1 Corinthians 7:4). So, when we are immodest, we are showing off that which belongs first to God and second to our spouses.

Second, our bodies are to be sacrifices to God. Do our clothes tell the world we are living sacrifices for Christ? Or, do they just say we are sexually available?

Third, we are not to be conformed to the standards of the world. In Western culture the standard of dress is that most of the “sexual parts” must be covered. But, is what we can get away with good enough for God? Do we not live in his kingdom under his guidance (Acts 2:47; Ephesians 1:22-23)? Should we not rise above the ways of the world?
The world’s standards of modesty and fashion in Western culture are degenerating at an alarming rate. Even in worship, immodesty is everywhere. Some men won’t serve the Lord’s Supper because of the cleavage and thighs that are on display! Is baring our body during worship respectful of God?

Knowing men are visually stimulated, why would sisters in Christ flaunt their bodies? Do they want men to lust after them? If so, why?

A Christian woman wears barely any clothes and uses the excuse that men aren’t supposed to be lusting anyway. This is a pathetic excuse. Women are not supposed to be provoking men to lust. What he does with his eyes and her responsibility to be modest are two separate issues.

Christian men must realize that women are also stimulated by men’s bodies. They can be caused to lust, also. Christian men should not be seen without their shirts on or wearing tight, revealing clothing.

Fourth, we are to be transformed and prove that which is good. We are to be glorifying Christ with our bodies and drawing people to his Church. If we are modest in our language, behavior and actions, then our dress will take care of itself. And we will show that inner beauty far transcends man’s shallow definition of “good looks.”

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Richard lives in Florence, Alabama and is married to Deirdre. They have three daughters. He is an avid reader, devoted writer and lover of history and research. He is the author of "The Most Important Question" and is working on more books.

3 thoughts on “God versus Culture: Modesty (2)

  1. Great article! I agree completely.
    Have you also researched the word for apparel, katastole’?
    It refers to “a garment let down.” Whereas “himation” (the more common Grk. word refers to “a garment of any kind.”
    The point is… God commands Christian women to wear modest garments that are let down. There is no Scriptural precedent for a Christian woman to wear pants. To do so is to step into the realm of masculine apparel.
    Deut.22:5 forbids this… and 1Tim.2:9-10 proves that God still binds this distinction on Christians. So why do so many women in the Lord’s church want to look and act like men?
    Thanks, Reggie Kinser

  2. Thank you, Reggie. Your arguments on women wearing pants confuses me, somewhat. The word “pants” are mentioned nowhere in the Bible. Men didn’t wear pants, either, as we know them today. They both wore free-flowing garments, like we would call dresses today.
    Women can wear pants suits and look completely different from men.
    I certainly agree that God wants men to be men and women to be women and He condemns the gender confusion prevalent in our day. But, I’m not sure this extends to pants.

  3. Actually, Dan. 3:16 does depict godly men wearing pants/breeches. Men also girded themselves up; see Hastings Bible Dict. Women did not gird themselves up in the literal sense. The NT instructs women to adorn themselves in garments that are let down. Pants are not a garment let down, are they?

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