” On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it…” 1 Corinthians 12:22-24 NIV
Short shorts. Mini skirts. Low cut shirts… and those new super-tight spandex pants that women and men are wearing to the gym, supermarket, and even at school. You know the ones I’m talking about. With the really cool patterns. You’re tempted to wear them, but you just know they leave nothing to the imagination. Just walk through the mall, open your email, or pick up a Sunday ad, and you might think lingerie is the new lounge-wear. At the pool, somehow speedos and thongs became acceptable. At the gym, I’m exposed to parts of people’s bodies I never want to see. Butt cheeks, cleavage, midriffs, and the bare bodies of men in a “tank top” that could substitute for a loose thread.
Where did we go wrong? In 1 Corinthians, Paul talks about unpresentable parts of our bodies being treated with special modesty. I think that speaks for itself. Important to note again, our bodies are God’s Temple.
I also want the women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, adorning themselves, not with elaborate hairstyles or gold or pearls or expensive clothes,but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God. –1 Timothy 2:9-10 NIV
From my perspective, The Bible is not speaking against jewelry and fashion here, but rather saying don’t be obsessed with outward appearance. Dress modestly, and appropriately for worship to God. When you get dressed in the morning, I think a question we could ask ourselves is, “If I meet Jesus today, will I be embarrassed in this outfit?”
When I was younger, my mom always taught me to dress modestly. If you wore leggings, you wore a baggy shirt to cover your bum. If you were going to the pool, you wore a cover-up on the way there. Your shorts/skirts were fingertip length. Your shirts didn’t show any chesticles. Mom would say, “Make sure they like you for what’s on the inside.” Similar to saving your virginity for marriage, there are parts of your body that only your spouse and your doctor should see. Dad would comment on some suggestive attire and say, “They wouldn’t dress that way if they didn’t want everyone looking at them.” So is that what its about? Self-Confidence? Wanting to feel attractive? Or have we bought into society’s “sex appeal?”
One person no longer buying into that sex appeal is Supermodel Kylie Bisutti. According to Christian Post, Bisutti quit Victoria’s Secret several years ago because it clashed with her Christian beliefs. Bisutti said that her husband was supportive of her, but she found out later that he had prayed for God to lead her to the right decision. Bisutti stated that she left due to a deeper walk with the Lord, and to protect her marriage. Bisutti added that her body is sacred, and should only be for her husband. She was quoted as saying, “I didn’t really want to be that kind of role model for younger girls because I had a lot of younger Christian girls that were looking up to me and then thinking that it was OK for them to walk around and show their bodies in lingerie to guys.” (goodmenproject.com)
Which brings me to the next hotly-debated point.
“It is good not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything that causes your brother to stumble.” Romans 14:21 ESV (Emphasis added)
Don’t get mad at me. Paul said it. It’s in the Bible. We know that if someone lusts after another woman or man, they are guilty of sin. But did you ever think that maybe you could help your brother out? Maybe the way you are dressing makes them uncomfortable? It’s hard for their eyes not to wander when you’ve got all “your goods” out on display. So let’s take some responsibility. I’m not suggesting that we go to extremes- no jewelry, no makeup, cover our hair and faces, wear a moo-moo… but let’s do our part. Be conscientious of what you wear, and how it could possibly cause someone to stumble. Be a modesty witness to young girls, other women, and our brothers and sisters in Christ. You’re not responsible for their sin, but you are responsible for your own behavior. And now that we are aware, we are responsible.
Thank you for joining us for Day 20 ‘in the life’ of our fast here at RISENfitness. We are learning how to be a ‘Modesty Witness’ right beside you.
Here’s to your Health and 21 Day Fast!