“Allergy Season”

Allergy season is here! When that layer of green dust appears, then you know the plants are in business. But the appearance of green dust isn’t the only indicator of the beginning of allergy season – the disappearance of modest clothing seems to mark the start of the season too. It seems as if more people get allergic to their clothes than they do the pollen at this time of the year.

As Christians, whether it’s 30 or 100 outside, we represent God to the world. If we allow our public clothing to leave “little to the imagination” on purpose, then it’s not the cotton’s fault…it’s our conscience that has the problem! We should know better. As the temperature starts to rise, with or without the pollen count, please remember that modesty should matter for Christian men and women.

Ladies, short shorts and short skirts, tight pants and dresses, low-cut shirts and blouses, and bare all bikinis may be in touch with the latest fashions, but it’s out of touch with holiness. Men, mowing the yard can be done just as easily with a shirt on, and leave the “muscle tee’s and the gun show” for the guys at the gym. People don’t have to see your masculinity to know you’re a man.

Don’t compromise godly values for worldly wardrobes. Dressing immodestly isn’t a matter of economics – it’s a matter of self-worth. Dressing immodestly isn’t a matter of opinion – it’s a matter of distinction. Dressing immodestly isn’t a matter of control – it’s a matter of consideration.

Immodesty from a Christian is nothing to sneeze at, whatever season we’re living in. EA

If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.” (Colossians 3:1-5)

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8 comments

  1. I’ve never understood the Christian preoccupation with modesty as a defining attribute of the faithful. I don’t think people should neglect all decency when it comes to dress, but c’mon. I’ve heard preachers make a fuss over tank-tops and shorts. The fact that you posted this under “Ethics and Morality” sort of hints at how dress becomes almost a central issue for some Christian sects.

    Jesus spent his time preaching about matters of divine and (significant) interpersonal relationship, not style. I feel a lot of people, not necessarily you however, place undue importance on trivial issues (i.e., missing the forest for the trees, to be cliche).

    1. Thanks for taking the time to stop by and comment, Jay.

      One central thing that I would like to point out is that modesty meant a lot to the Jewish culture. It meant a lot to God’s people going all the way back to the time that Adam and Eve learned the difference between good and evil when they ate the fruit from the tree (Genesis 2:16,17; 3:1-6). They made “coverings” from fig leaves; but God gave them clothing Himself that covered the previously uncovered nakedness due to their loss of innocence (Genesis 3:7, 21,22).

      I believe that Jesus didn’t have to spend much time talking about modesty because His audience (the Jewish people) already understood the principle very clearly. God’s other inspired writers did deal with the issue from time to time due to the particular culture that the church was in.

      1. As a follower of Judaism, I agree that you are correct that in history we have been a modest people. However it wasn’t due to any religious proscription, it was from a genuine desire to be set apart from the surrounding culture.

        I feel most modern incarnations of western religion attempt to force their believers into compliance with what they perceive to be religious requirements with a slew of shoulds and should nots. I have no problem with people choosing to dress “modestly” if they feel that it will better their relationship with the almighty. In fact, I greatly prefer when men and women dress modestly. However, if they’re only doing it because the ol’ pastor said they should and then try to pick one or two verses out of the bible (particularly the “Old Testament,” which most pastors hardly understand [the word translated modesty has also been translated simply humility, for example]) to support their conclusions, it’s just worthless. It’s empty. It’s a superficial act that doesn’t reflect any change in character or belief.

        In short I guess I’m just saying it’s a matter of the direction of the causal relationship. If you work on matters of the spirit and that causes you to dress more appropriately, then that’s wonderful. But, if you’re dressing appropriately because you heard skirts are style advice from satan, then maybe the church is focusing on the wrong topics.

      2. Hello again Jay,

        Since you are familiar with Judaism then you should understand very clearly the point I am point about to make about modesty and it not being optional for God’s people.

        I don’t think you would disagree that the Levitical priests were required to dress according to God’s standards for multiple reasons, one of which was the distinction as you mentioned in your first paragraph. This is not to say that the rest of the children of Israel were allowed to dress immodestly, but because the Levitical priests were called represent God in a way that went beyond the tabernacle and temple services they were to remember who they were and where they were especially when they were before the presence of God.

        Now that being said, and easily understood, despite the fact that few in the Christian world even realize it, every Christian is a priest that represents God to the world (1 Peter 2:5, 9). That being true, modesty is something a lot more important than the casual person may realize.

        As you no doubt know, clothing designers make clothes a certain way because they know that clothing styles speak. They want to you wear their stuff on the outside to show “who you are on the inside.” In the same way, appropriate modesty in public is determined by God because the lack of it reveals more than just skin…it reveals the spiritual heart when it’s intentionally ignored.

        Again, you mentioned the desire of the Jews to be set apart from their surronding cultures. I would say this desire was because of their realtionship with God and His influence. The same principle exists for the church today – we are called to be set apart from, called out of, and to be in but not of the world. But many Christians neglect this important principle by dressing like the world when it comes to immodesty (Galatians 5:19-24; 1 Peter 1:15,16; 1 Corinthians 15:33; Matthew 5:27,28).

        Have a good day, Jay.

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