Summer is around the corner again and it is time to take a look into our closets and find something modest to wear for the occassion! The presence of hot and sticky weather is also evidenced by the lack of clothing we are exposed to and the ever present amount of skin surrounding us. It is interesting to think that some women today who would never think twice about strolling around town or church in their underwear are not embarassed to wear a bikini in a public venue such as a beach, waterpark or the like.
For the Christian women this should not be. The standards for modesty are clear in the Bible. We should be an example of purity and modesty and not wearing clothing that might cause our brothers to stumble. What sorts of clothing fall under this category? Several things indeed, in fact, if you try to shop at your local mall you could be hard pressed at times to find something decent, but it IS possible and you CAN find something. The types of clothing we should invest in should cover our bosoms. Cleavage should not be shown on a Christian. Many honest articles by Christian men have pleaded with women and letting them know that even a little exposure of skin in the wrong places can tempt them to think sinful thoughts. This temptation is real and affects not just men that are not saved but your husband, your sons, brothers and Christian men as well. Sadly, this occurs just as much in churches than more people think. How would you feel if you were a guy trying to worship the Lord and a women sits in front of you with cleavage showing, middriff bare and miniskirt on? Surely it would be hard to focus since we know that men are made to be strongly attracted to women visually. It also does not represent Christ well since we are to commanded to be an example of purity. The message it sends is not one of beauty although the woman may possess beauty. Rather it is one that cheapens a women by exposing too much of themselves. A true lady will give thought to how she dresses, first always to please her Lord, then to please her husband and also to train her daughters and son what the standard should be for them.
Skirts that are too short and slits that are too high are other things to be weary of as they become 'eyetraps' for others. Clothes that are too tight sends the wrong message as well. We should not choose clothing with writing across the front of the chest or on the bottom which draws attention to these areas. Not for ourselves or our daughters. Sometimes I see a mother dressing very modestly but then she allows her daughters to dress in a very wordly, immodest way. Mothers, we must be careful in this area to set a high standard. How our daughters dress will also attract the wrong kind of boy/men to her. Remember that our clothing speak volumes about us whether we like it or not. What is your clothing saying about you?
Choosing modest clothing does not have to be hard at this time if we put a bit of thought and prayer to it. Modesty is given as a protection for both women and men alike. Being modest is also an outward reflection of our hearts. If we are vain, it will show in our clothing. Christian women should always be the example to the world of feminine loveliness, modeling priceless purity with the true adornmenent of a gentle, meek spirit which is true beauty in the sight of our Lord.
"Likewise, I want women to adorn themselves with proper clothing, modestly and discreetly, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly garments, but rather by means of good works, as it proper for women making a claim to godliness. 1 Timothy 2:9