Modesty

The children are out of school, friends are hanging out, grills and ice cream freezers are once again in use, and the summer season is here. Summer is a great time of the year with all the good food and fun but for those wanting to live a Godly Christian Life it brings about new challenges.

For this article, I want to consider one of the greatest challenges to that Christians face today: Modesty. This challenge is especially prevalent to female Christians but certainly both genders are affected.

In Matthew 5:13 beginning, Christ makes the following statements “You are the salt of the earth” and “you are the light of the world” then he states that we are to “let our light shine in such manner as to bring glory to God.” As Christ talks to His disciples He stresses to them not to be as they once were. He wants them and us to be different in every aspect of our life, from our speech and actions to our dress. In the book of 1 Timothy 2:9 we read “In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array”.

Modesty is one of those areas which can be extremely tough but for the Christian it must be adhered to. I would like to briefly look at two words in the text of 1 Timothy, “modest” and “shamefacedness”. The word modest indicates an order of things or of good behavior. In consideration of meaning of the word the dress of a man or woman must be orderly and worn in good intentions. Those good intentions are as stated in Matthew, bringing glory to God. The second word used in Timothy is “shamefacedness” which means bashfulness, reverence, respectful. This word carries the weightiness of the text.

If someone were to knock on your door at your house would you go to it in your underwear? What about your panties or bra? Husbands, dads, wives and mothers would you want your wife, daughter, husband or son to go out in public in such a manner? I believe I can say with confidence the answer would be “no!” Why would the answer of no be given to these questions and yet we see during summer months, the nakedness of so many day in and day out of those professing to be Godly Christians?

Here are some questions I would challenge all of us to answer when considering our dress especially during the summer months. “Is what I have on allowing me to let my light shine bringing glory to God?” “Is my attire of such nature that I’m trying to prevent others from looking at me with lustful thoughts?” Last question, “Would I allow Christ to be around me with what I have on and know he would be pleased?” It is very upsetting to see people who wear Christ’s name come out in support of today’s worldly, provocative fashions. Jesus Christ and His New Testament are just as relevant today as they were 2000 years ago. In the book of Genesis after Adam and Eve ate of the forbidden fruit they knew they were naked. They made for themselves coverings of fig leaves, but God saw it was not enough so tunics of skin prepared by God were placed on them. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:18). The Bible is God’s word (2 Timothy 3:16-17:2, 2 Peter 1:21). How can our almighty creator take a back seat to our petty human culture and our own selfish ways? We are not called to be like the world but to be different. To approve of such acts, trends and fashions is to be guilty of the sin itself (Romans 1:32; cf 2:1-5). How can one say I love God while telling people it is okay to disregard His Word? If you have comments or questions contact me at tmdok4@windstream.net or 423-413-5319.

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