Responding to Immodest Pressure
Modest clothing is more than just some outward choices we make, like a longer dress over a miniskirt. Modesty flows from a heart that is humble before the Lord. Our culture has made many of us believe that being unfashionable is a high sin which can only be cleansed at the altar of low neck-lines and sheer fabric. We’re so afraid of being a faux pas, that we’ve thrown away all standard of what modest, feminine apparel ought to be.
God calls us to “walk in a manner worthy of the calling we have received” – and though there might be greater pressure for us to compromise in certain areas, the entirety of our lives should be held to the same standard of modesty and discretion. We seem to be excellent, and cunningly creative, at finding excuses for immodest apparel. Our figure, trends, other girls’ choices of clothing or the desire to “express yourself” all seem to have found their way into many young Christian women’s justification for clothing that is less than the standard that the Bible calls is to. Modesty is not optional, it is commanded, and not just when we feel like it, but in all areas of life, all the time (1Tim 2:9).
The flesh is always looking to find a voice and position in our lives and many young women give it place through their clothing choices. We are commanded by God to “put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.” Excusing away an immodest outfit is only making provision for the flesh to gratify its unhealthy desires in your life. Instead, let us, as blood-bought children of God, put on Christ allowing His purity, beauty and radiance to shine through us!