Why Is Modesty So Hard To Understand?


Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

Why Is Modesty So Hard To Understand?

We live in a world that worships the body. It is not a new attraction as body worship has always driven man to focus on the outward appearance to allure, attract, highlight and express deep physical satisfaction with the carnal nature of fleshly desire. The world of Noah was destroyed in part because of the insatiable thirst for licentiousness and the reckless pursuit of sowing seeds of unbridled lusts with the body. What God created as a beautiful relationship in marriage has been turned by Satan into a corrupt and vile addiction to sexual immorality, immodesty and evil thoughts. The first tragedy is the destruction it brings to the world as the moral compass of society is no longer pointing to true north but to the desires and needs of the flesh. Sexual immorality is so common there is hardly a blushing face that turns away. Pornography is accepted as part of the cultural norm, homosexuality is regulated by the whims of the minority, multiple partners in marriage is no longer shocking and the dress code has become so short, so tight and so revealing the imagination is no longer used to undress a woman because she is nearly undressed herself. The second tragedy is that while the world is rotting in the cesspool of its own moral depravity the people of God are found becoming like the nations around them.

The Bible is a simple book to read and understand. It would seem incredulous that anyone would think the God who created the world in all its splendor and intricate details of divine purpose could not write a book that everyone could read and understand. Viewing the word of God is often like trying to understand the atomic levels of quantum physics from a two-year old. Nothing is further from the truth. The Holy Spirit crafted a message that anyone can read and understand the will of God. What lies at the core of the problem is the refusal of the heart to listen to the word of God and obey its precepts, judgments and commandments. Great effort will be taken to defend what a person must do to be saved but when it comes to defining modesty (or social drinking for that matter) there seems to be a clouded understanding of what the Lord demands of His people. Christians will argue long and hard or refuse to discuss the matter of modesty. They want to be like the world around them. God is clear in His message. The body is the temple of the Holy Spirit and it matters what we do with it and how we dress it. A temple is a sanctified place that honors the one intended to receive worship. When a woman becomes a Christian she has dedicated her body to glorify God and Him alone. She no longer has a right to dress her body in any fashion she chooses. The body becomes sanctified to God. It is no longer under the purview of the individual to do with the body whatever they choose to do. The body BELONGS TO GOD! Paul writes about the impact of sexual immorality in the Corinthian church illustrating the sanctity of the body as a holy temple of the Holy Spirit belonging to God. This same application is made to how a woman dresses her body. Through the blood Jesus Christ the body is bought with a price to glorify God. It belongs to God and how we dress it matters to God.

Modesty is not a cultural view or opinion of a preacher. It is something that comes from the word of God. The Lord wants the body to be used for His glory so that when the world sees the body of the Christian they see holiness, purity, sanctity and a virtue that is guarded with the blood of Jesus Christ. When a woman wears a dress that is so short the thigh is exposed she is bringing attention to her body for others to look at. Sun dresses are popular with little small straps that reveal the top of the body falling short of revealing too much but again drawing attention from others to look at the body. It seems the fashion of the world wants to expose as much as the body as possible without somehow entering into a world of illegal dress. There are many undergarments that have more cloth to them than what is considered fashionable. Clothing is worn that bears the shoulders exposing everything just north of the breasts and this is worn to worship the Lord God. Young ladies are taught to wear short dresses, short-shorts that have little material left before they become undergarments. The problem is not that women of the world are wearing this type of clothing but women who profess godliness in the form of what the world wears. Fashion is more important than holiness. Drawing the attention of others to the body is more desired than showing the example of Christ in their apparel. Is the Bible that difficult to understand that women have trouble deciding what is modest and what is not? The mirror that is used to determine modesty is the shiny reflection on the back of the door instead of the word of God. Godly women will dress to please God and Him alone. That is not hard to understand.

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