A Word About Modesty

God is a God of order. He likes putting everything in decency. When He commands something, it is because something needs to be in a proper state and must appear good and appropriate. God doesn’t like confusion in the things He creates, that’s why He always puts a distinction between things that may bring misunderstanding.

In the Bible, nakedness is stated to be a sin when beheld by other people aside from the spouse because malice is always present. E.g.: The condition of Ham when he saw the nakedness of his father and told his two brother of it. So, in solution to that, God invented clothing. Clothing is meant to cover the body, not to expose it. When a part of the body is revealed, it attracts sexual lust and results to sin. God hates sin. He doesn’t want it to grow in people, especially the believers. That’s why modesty in clothing is very necessary.

If you wander your pair of eyes around, you’ll notice that people, mostly women, are involved in following what’s trendy in the secular world. The terrible thing is that it’s not just trendy, but rather sexy. When something looks sexy-ish, that means it becomes a sex symbol. What’s worse is that even the people in churches today don’t seem to realize how dangerous wearing immodest apparel can get. The church must become a resting place for men to be in, but now, if you look closely, you’ll see that it is slowly becoming just an entertainment place wherein people try to impress others and dress the way celebrities do. By committing that, we are just trying to continue sinning and still be acceptable. That is not right.

God invented clothing so that Christians would know how to cover their bodies and bring glory to Him. Actually, a woman can be dressed and be fully covered, and yet still be immodest. How? When the curves of her body becomes very visible, for it causes others to be attracted and soon a lustful thought will be created within their minds.

Clothing must not send out a message to the world saying, “Look at me”, but “Look at God” instead. Clothing has only two purposes: 1) cover our nakedness and 2) bring glory to God. When your clothing does not present you to the world as God-honoring (by appearance), then maybe you’re missing the objective of being modest: to always bring glory to God. Our body must always be presented to Christ as a living sacrifice which is our reasonable service. Our body is one of the areas in Christianity wherein we must bring glory to God always.

The commandments of God towards modesty and nakedness (which are contained in the KJV Bible) must always be followed and kept. It does not expire when someone goes to the beach and is obliged to wear a bikini. It does not expire when someone attends a P.E. class and is required to wear jogging pants. The words of the Lord and His commandments in the Bible must always be followed and obeyed wherever we are, whatever the conditions are.

One thing most churches are being negligent of these days is the way women wear their skirts and men wear their shirts and pants/shorts (especially in playing sports). Compared to the generation that we have today and its way of fashion, the modesty that God expects from us doesn’t evolve and change manner along with it. It remains the same as before. Ladies must still wear blouses and skirts that do not reveal their cleavage and higher parts of the legs. We are becoming legalistic nowadays that whether our clothes are fitted and short, we think it’s already okay and that God is pleased, but we are wrong. We do not just wear the proper clothes God wants us to wear just for the sake of modesty. We follow the standard of the Bible because it all roots out to one thing: we love God.

When our relationship with God is right, our attitude towards modesty is right.
When the internal is right with God, the external will also be right and will manifest a positive result.

Modesty in clothing is not the problem for both men and women. It’s not a big deal. What makes all these hard to follow is the wrong attitude towards it. When we realize that we bring glory to God by wearing the right clothes He wants us to, it will not matter anymore what kind of clothing we wear (how old-fashioned it may appear) or what brand it is as long as He is portrayed properly to the world by us.

God is a God of order. He doesn’t want us to be mistaken for a hooker. He just simply wants us to look presentable to the world, just simple and decent, enough to beambassadors of Christ, that when others come to look at us, our Christianity would not be placed in a questionable situation.

Glory be to God in all things now and forever.

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