Scriptural Truth – Anti-Christian With Your Dress?
Warmer weather is here and so are the flip flops, shorts, and scantly dress that seems to tie into summer time. For a Christian this is probably one of the most difficult and challenging times of the year for them due to the immodesty surrounding them, especially to the male gender. To address the issue of modest dress seems like an ongoing, endless fight to which there is no end but it must be discussed with not only the ladies but also the men. It may sound liberating to say, “It’s my body. I can do with it what I please. If I want to let it all hang out, you can’t stop me.” Statements like this will get you plenty of applause from worldly people. Yet, this attitude is anti-Christian in that it pretends the spiritual state of those around you is inconsequential, the saving and preservation of their soul doesn’t matter. For all professing Christianity we need to care less about self and more about others (see Gal. 5:13; 1 Thess. 5:11; Rom. 12:10; Heb. 10:24; Eph. 5:21; Phil. 2:3). To look beautiful and be attractive is great, but there is a line between how one dresses to look attractive and that of a walking billboard advertising your body. The Greek word aselgeia, is found in passages like Romans 13:13-14, Galatians 5:19-21, and 2 Peter 2:2, 18. Aselgeia refers to activities that arouse sexual desire, movements that accentuate the body, and feelings of unrestraint. Sensuality, as the Bible uses it, is the opposite of being embarrassed by sin. In 1 Timothy 2:9 the word “shamefacedness” is used as recognition that there are parts of the body that should remain private – parts that should still cause us to blush when they are exposed (either because something is too short, too tight or too revealing). It’s not wrong to look nice, braid your hair, wear jewelry and so on but we should all want our appeal to be that of an uncanny likeness to Christ. The command of God to be modest can’t be minimized nor should we draw our own conclusions of what God calls modest. The root word of Christian is Christ and we were bought with the blood of Christ so we must glorify him in and with our bodies. Until next week this is the Scriptural Truth, Tommy O’Kelley Minister Subligna Rd. church of Christ (706) 638-1129 or (423) 413 – 5319, email firstname.lastname@example.org or Facebook