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Whose Body Is It Anyway?

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Modest is Hottest: Part 2

Who knew the topic of modesty would stir up so much controversy!?  Just to clarify, it was God who said that women should dress modestly, not me. There seems to be a lack of understanding concerning what the bible says, so let’s start there.

Setting the Scene

1 Timothy 2:9-10 says, “I also want the women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, adorning themselves, not with elaborate hairstyles or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God.”

Why did the Apostle Paul care about how women dressed? Does God hate braided hair? Readers today might be wondering why gold and pearls are so scandalous. 1st Timothy was written to the church community in Ephesus which was also home to the temple of Aphrodite (the Greek goddess of love). At night, the temple prostitutes would go out into the city wearing…wait for it…elaborate hairstyles, gold, and pearls. This flashy style was the calling card of pagan prostitutes.

Satan will always try to corrupt what God has established. Because God made women to be honored, Satan will try to defile them. Because God desires that women be cherished, Satan wants women to be used and abused.

The fashion style of the culture in Ephesus was being affected by the style of prostitutes and Christian women were adapting their styles to match the culture’s style. Christian women were attending worship gatherings dressed like hookers!

In churches today, we welcome sinners, but we expect followers of Christ to hold to a higher standard. Imagine if your piano player, sister Suzy, came to church this Sunday wearing fishnet stockings and a see-through top. This would be extremely distracting for other church members, (although you might soon have the most popular church in town)!

Scripture isn’t saying that women should make themselves unattractive, but that beauty should originate from the inside. When going to worship, Christians should be especially careful not to dress in a way that draws attention away from God.

A Cultural Contradiction

Ironically, while our culture has been claiming to “advance women,” we’ve also been systematically objectifying them into sexual commodities. It’s sad that so many Christian gals go right along with the cultural shift, blindly following fashion trends, and voluntarily adorning themselves as commodities.

Do you say “respect me” with your mouth, and “use me” with your wardrobe?

Tips for Ladies

I’ve asked my wife, Amy, as the household expert, to offer some advice to the ladies:

Think about how your clothing will affect men. Most women dress, not to impress men, but to impress other women! Don’t just follow fashion trends without asking yourself if your outfit will cause men to stumble.

You can still dress cute while dressing modestly! It might take longer, and you might have to work harder, but you can do it! You have to be creative; you can take something that’s not modest and make it modest by adding undershirts or leggings.

If you’re single, ask yourself, “What kind of man does my outfit attract?” Will your outfit attract a Godly man who will view you as an image-bearer of God, or are you attracting predators who will see you as an available commodity? If you’re married, you shouldn’t be looking to receive attention from any man who isn’t your husband. This means married gals should not only avoid suggestive outfits, but also suggestive behavior.

Tips for Moms

What do you do when your daughter wants to wear something inappropriate? You say, “NO!” Repeat after me: “Nooooooooooooooo.” Doesn’t that feel good? You are the guardian of your daughter’s wardrobe! You don’t let bad articles of clothing in, and you don’t let her wear something inappropriate out! If it’s not modest, don’t buy it for her. I know this will shock some moms, but you have authority over your daughter. You’re in charge, so be in charge. As the first woman in the home, you set the standard of modesty with your example.

Tips for Dads

That’s right, dad. It’s not just mom’s job to protect your daughter. You play an important role in developing your daughter’s understanding of modesty. You must teach her that she has value because of who she is, and not because of how she looks. If you show her plenty of love and affection, she won’t crave it from other men. I recommend the book: Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: 10 Secrets Every Father Should Know.

Many dads disqualify themselves from being guardians of purity by routinely inviting impurity into their own homes…right through the internet connection! You won’t be able to guard your daughter’s purity if you’re defiling another man’s daughter on your computer screen while your family sleeps. You must avoid sexual immorality so that you can be the champion of sexual purity!

Ladies, you are God’s daughters. Your appearance should match your spiritual heritage!

Read Modest is Hottest: Part 1


Posted on by Ryan Visconti in lust, Marriage, Men, Uncategorized, wisdom, Women 12 Comments

12 Responses to Modest is Hottest: Part 2

  1. Dena

    Very well written . I agree totally . This is a subject that is not talked about enough . Good job !!!!!

     
    • Ryan Visconti

      Thanks, Dena! It should be talked about more!

       
  2. Judy Rosenboom/AKA

    You’re wise beyond your years!

     
    • Ryan Visconti

      Well, thank you! I love my grandparents!

       
  3. Someone

    You are still limiting “modesty” simply to clothing that avoids unnecessary sex appeal, when it is truly something greater than that. Dressing in any way that is intended to gain attention, affection, or to glorify your SELF (rather than God) is immodest! Based on that, some of the outfits found in “modest fashion” blogs like this (http://jenclydestylist.com/) and this (http://www.brassyapple.com/2012/06/downeast-home-and-modest-fashion.html) could be LESS modest than, say, a tank top– depending on the wearer’s motivations, of course.

    I understand that a Christian woman should not try to dress in a way that is too revealing, and I think that most Christian women in the US would agree. However, the bigger issue for us is dressing in a way that is too flashy, or becoming overly concerned with our appearances in general. Is it “modest” to spend $100 on getting highlights in your hair? Is it “modest” to own 30+ pairs of shoes? These are the questions we as women should be asking about modesty, at least here in the US context.

    Most of us who have been discipled in the church understand “modesty” as not showing too much skin… but I think it’s time for us WOMEN to go beyond that limited view, and take it a step further. How can we simplify, rather than glorify ourselves & our fashion sense?

     
  4. Ryan Visconti

    “Someone,” thanks for commenting. I feel like you are over-emphasizing the concept of simplicity as it applies to modesty. There is an element of simplicity in the concept of modesty, but as I wrote in the post, flashy dressing was so distracting because women were mirroring the style of the pagan temple prostitutes of Aphrodite.

    You are inciting women to simplify. Let me ask, where does that stop? If it’s inappropriate for a woman to have 30 pairs of shoes, how many shoes can she have? Would two pairs of shoes be excessive? You are promoting monasticism which has been around for about 1600-1700 years. The issue of immodesty is most directly tied to sexually suggestive clothing and behavior.

    I also stated that, in worship gatherings, women should be especially careful to not dress in any way that distracts other worshipers from God. That will vary from culture to culture.

     
    • Someone

      “You are inciting women to simplify. Let me ask, where does that stop?”

      You could ask the same question about covering up– where does it stop? Leggings and undershirts? Long skirts only? Head coverings, burkahs, a potato sack?

       
      • Ryan Visconti

        Except I never said that modesty was only about covering skin. You said that I said that. I feel like you didn’t read the post.

         
        • Someone

          “Christian women were attending worship gatherings dressed like hookers!”

          “Imagine if your piano player, sister Suzy, came to church this Sunday wearing fishnet stockings and a see-through top.”

          “Do you say “respect me” with your mouth, and “use me” with your wardrobe?”

          “Think about how your clothing will affect men.”

          “make it modest by adding undershirts or leggings.”

          “This means married gals should not only avoid suggestive outfits, but also suggestive behavior.”

          “What do you do when your daughter wants to wear something inappropriate?”

          “If it’s not modest, don’t buy it for her.”

          “You must avoid sexual immorality so that you can be the champion of sexual purity!”

          ^^All of these indicate, either directly or indirectly, an overwhelming focus on the sexuality-related aspects of modesty… and we typically address this by covering skin– whether it’s covering cleavage, backs, midriffs, or wearing looser clothing. The focus, though, is covering the body to avoid overtly sexual and revealing outfits.

          Only one part really addressed a larger picture of modesty: “When going to worship, Christians should be especially careful not to dress in a way that draws attention away from God.” You made a great point there, but then you didn’t really follow up! You continued on in the vein of modesty as equivalent to following skin, and then even changed the topic at the end to sexual purity– which is also very important, but somewhat of a different topic.

           
  5. Nathan Ishmael

    Good job Ryan! You could follow this up with an article aimed at Christian singles with tips on how to attract the RIGHT kind of attention from the right kind of guy/girl. For instance, a God-fearing man will greatly appreciate a young lady who displays inner AND outer modesty because he will be able to relax more when he is around her (Ruth chapter 3)

     
    • Ryan Visconti

      Thank you! Thanks for your comment about dads; that really sparked my thoughts on that issue as well.

       
  6. Michelle

    You hit the nail right on the head. Excellent article :) Way to stand up Ryan (and Amy!).

     

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