Wednesday, July 9, 2014

What Does God See?

I think it's time for girls to start dressing more modestly. Or, rather, that time has come and gone. To borrow the old phrase, then, it's high time girls start dressing more modestly!

I am quite remarkably fed up with tiny shorts, skimpy tops, bikinis and the like. I'm just sick of it. And most of all, I'm sick of seeing "decent godly" girls dressing this way. And I have to wonder, if I'm sick of it... isn't God?

Have we forgotten, ladies, that we are to be a reflection of Christ's virtue? When did it become okay for us to look just like the world? Is it okay for us to act just like the world? Maybe the problem is that the world is becoming more and more absurd in the way it dresses and behaves, so we as Christians decide that we're okay taking a few steps closer to promiscuity as long as we are always a few steps behind the world. This should not be okay.

"And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." Romans 12:2
There is an idea out there, embraced by feminist culture, that a woman should be able to dress how she wants simply because it's her body, and what men think about her is their problem. Be careful, as a Christian, not to find yourself lost in the current of this feminist, liberalist, reprobate society. Remember that your body is not just yours, but God's. That being said, yes, men are responsible for their own thoughts, and godly men should be able to control their mind by "bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ", but we are not innocent if we are placing a stumbling block before our brothers. Maybe to you, it's just a cute outfit that might draw male admiration, but in reality, it might be a huge obstacle along the path of righteousness to your Christian brother. And what about the men of the world who see you dressed like all the other women out there? What will they see in you that sets you apart? Is it the light of Christ they see when they look at you, or short hemlines and tight seams?

"In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;
But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works." 1 Tim. 2:9-10
A woman of God should be a treasure in soul and body. Treasure is valuable because it is rare, it is precious, it is not easily obtained, and it usually is not in plain sight. How can your body be a treasure to your future husband if it is not carefully guarded?

"Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil." Prov. 31:10-11

I want to make it clear that I'm not attacking any specific article of clothing (though I have a really hard time supporting bikinis among godly girls, unless they are worn only in private), and I'm not saying you have to start wearing a nunly frock whenever you go out in public. All I want to do is remind you that you are to be set apart! If you dress like the loose women men of this world are used to, then that is what they will and do see you as. Take heed to yourselves, and parents-- don't be afraid to speak up if your daughter is dressing in a way that could solicit ungodly male attention, she may not realize what she's doing, or maybe she does and needs a loving reprimand.

"Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God." Romans 6:13

The bottom line is, when it comes to the modesty issue, parents need to start being parents, and children of God need to start being children of God.

Stop imitating the world. Last I checked, God wasn't okay with that.
"Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price." 1 Pet. 3:3-4
I ask: What does God see when he looks at you?


P.S. One more thing I just have to say, really quickly, stop putting your cell phone and other personal articles in your bra!!! Your bra is not your pocketbook, handbag, or satchel-- it's a bra, girls, and should not be used to hold things that are going to be handled by others on a daily basis-- get my meaning? Not only is this gross, but the soft breast tissue is vulnerable and carrying your cell phone in your bra can cause cancer.