Modest Attire

These days you can’t watch television, surf the Internet, or just walk around your local town very long before you see women showing off their bodies. There’s cleavage and curves on display everywhere! While I don’t think we should wear flour sacks from head to toe, the vulgar dress of today’s women in the western world is appalling! Many professing Christians dress just like the rest of society. They have many excuses, such as: it’s just the current style, it’s not like I’m running around naked, so-and-so dresses worse than me, I’ve worked hard for this body and I won’t cover it up, it’s not my problem if people are jealous or lustful, etc.

While I don’t recall the title, I read a book some years ago on fashion and dressing well for your body type. The author was a consultant who helped others with their wardrobe. In one example given, she was hired to help a woman who wanted to be considered for a promotion at her workplace. The author couldn’t convince her that she was not taken seriously and was denigrated by others because she dressed “trashy”. So, they went to the local shopping mall for an experiment. She had the woman wear her favorite work outfit and walk around the mall. The author stopped people, men and women, to ask them what they thought of this woman walking around, just by looking at her. All the responses were negative, with many being very degrading of her, calling her a “whore”, etc. When she brought these comments to her client, she was shocked. She didn’t think it was fair for someone to judge her simply by her clothes. Next, the author had her client dress in a tailored professional outfit that the author chose and they went to a club. Her client was amazed that no one asked for her phone number or tried to “pick her up” but rather men opened the door for her and treated her respectfully, like a lady. She had never been treated that way before.

For those of us who worship the Creator and Sustainer of the Universe, we should take our wardrobe very seriously. What is our motivation for what we wear? Why do we like certain clothes over others? YHWH should not be dishonored in our choice of attire.

Likewise, the women, when they pray, should be dressed modestly and sensibly in respectable attire, not with elaborate hairstyles and gold jewelry, or pearls, or expensive clothes. Rather, they should adorn themselves with what is appropriate for women who claim to be worshipping God, namely, good deeds. ~~ I Timothy 2: 9-10

Your beauty should not consist in externals such as fancy hairstyles, gold jewelry or what you wear; rather, let it be the inner character of your heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit. In God’s sight this is of great value. This is how the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to adorn themselves and submit to their husbands, the way Sarah obeyed Avraham, honoring him as her lord. You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not succumb to fear.  ~~ I Peter 3: 3-6

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