Nothing to Wear
Updated: Oct 8, 2019
Before the fall of man, Eve’s nudity wasn’t indecent, it was innocent and without guilt. Now, with sin running rampant in the world, a naked woman in public would be considered a harlot, not the glorious work of God’s hands. Centuries later women are told to cover their nakedness, their figures, and their womanhood under the submission of men. There has been a whispered war going on when it comes to women and modesty. John 7:24 “Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.” From burqas to bikinis, there is always harsh judgement lurking around the corner and the Word of God is the only guide we have that brings peace. Why is the modesty of women such a controversial issue?
Modesty can be defined by culture. Across the world the dress code for women changes
with respect to religion and society. In the Middle East women are to cover their bodies completely only showing their eyes and in the west there is freedom to emulate fashion designers and trends. The style of dress is navigated by social events and places. Even in the freedom of apparel there is a wisdom that guides a woman from wearing a bathing suit in church. 1 Timothy 2:9 “Likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control…” Outfits are appropriated given the social norms and are usually within context.
Men have had more to say about what women shouldn’t wear than women themselves. Women have been burdened with the task of becoming men’s wildest fantasies while publicly wearing clothes that cover their bodies from neck to toe. With dirty magazines under their beds and X-rated videos in their closets, women who are dressed less than modest remind men of their dark secret habits. Matthew 5:27-28 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” The beautifully formed body of a woman has become the ultimate temptation for men who struggle with lust and to place that responsibility on women instead of weighing their own hearts is dishonorable to God and women. A woman’s right to her
own modesty should not be a gateway to a man’s sinful behavior. It is unjust and unfair.
There are some women who feel it necessary to wear what they want whenever they want and that is where the war is. Immodesty takes the rebellion and brokenness of women and puts it on display in the form of low cut shirts and miniskirts. Immodest women lead their lives with their bodies instead of with the value of their worth. 1 Corinthians6:19-20” Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” When all you want people to see is how well you look while scantily clothed something is wrong with your heart. Something is missing in your identity when you’ve summed up your existence by how you look and what you can get out of others with your looks. Immodesty should be shown compassion not judgement; we should be looking at the woman behind the clothes not the clothes themselves.
There are billions of women at this very moment rifling through closets and dresser drawers to find something to wear. They will dress for what their jobs, social status, and culture calls for but, Kingdom Women add to that; they dress in honor of God. Can Kingdom women wear bathing suits? Yes. Can Kingdom Women confidently wear a cocktail dress while on a deserving date night with their husbands? Yes. God gets the final say in what we wear because we understand that the splendor of our bodies was first created to honor our Creator. More than sex symbols, or fashion models, and even mothers with a sensible wardrobe, we are first and foremost our Father’s daughters. So, when we ask ourselves “What should I wear?” we know that the Word of God is the ultimate mirror.