"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." 1 Timothy 2:9
I heard someone once say that one of the signs that demonic influence is present is nudity. Specifically this person was talking about a nation as a whole. As you see nudity increase, it is a sign that the nation is going the way of ungodliness. I never thought about it before, but I can see it. This nation is getting further and further away from God and as it does I have noticed an increase in people wearing less and less.
People from all walks of life are scantily dressed-- mostly women. The shorts are getting shorter, the tops are getting lower, the shoulders are bared, the skirts are split higher. Even our little girls are being taught to wear "less". Less seems to be better. There is a mindset that has influenced our society. That mindset wants to be "sexy/hot". It wants to be noticed. It wants to be attractive and attract attention.
I have even noticed this same "trend" among Christian women. I see women who profess Christianity dressed like what I have described above all the time. I see them in stores, at various events and even in church. I felt strongly impressed to address this today and call out to my sisters in Christ to please put some clothes on. As women of God we should do everything in a way that is becoming to our profession of godliness. This includes the way we dress. We should dress appropriately to the faith we profess.
I am not talking about legalism, I am talking about modesty. I like to wear some bling. I like to be stylish. I like to look fashionable, but we can do that and still be modest. We can look like "a million dollars" and still be covered. You don't have to expose yourself to look "good". On the contrary, if you want the truth, that just distracts from your beauty.
Please, ladies, don't get on the defensive. Take these things into consideration as you think about your dress. We should not only dress modestly because of our relationship with Jesus but we are our "brother's keeper". When we dress inappropriately, we are placing a stumbling block before others- namely our brothers. Men are sight driven and have a greater temptation with the lust of the eyes. Are you going to place this temptation before them-- even in church where they are trying to get empowered to serve the Lord? When we dress in a revealing way, we are giving place to certain spirits-- seduction, immorality, adultery, fornication, pornography and perversion. While you are not under legalistic bondage, and you might argue that you are free in Christ and have the right to wear what you want to wear, remember the words of Jesus who called us to "deny ourselves" and "love our brothers". Deny yourself and don't wear it just because you want to wear it, but think about those who have to "see" all that skin and what it may do to them-- put your wants aside and do what is in their best interest. Love them with more than just words by not wearing something that will cause them to sin or be tempted.
Have a great day. Please dress modestly.
For further reading:
1 Timothy 2:9,10
1 Corinthians 8:12,13
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