When I look at the New Testament model for woman I see that it says I am to adorn myself in modest apparel (I Timothy 2:9). This is not an option nor is it left to cultural interpretation. Modesty envelops the characteristics of a godly woman. Since the word modesty is specifically used to describe the apparel of a godly woman, it is necessary that we have a clear understanding of the definition of this word.
In the Noah Webster dictionary the word modest is defined in relation to dress as decent. Decent is defined as appropriate free from immodesty or obscenity.
(Emphasis – mine)
It is sad that the further our society moves away from moral absolutes the more we have to define terms that were understood by the common population 60 years ago. Modesty means I do not act or dress in a way that brings attention to me. One of the best ways to be modesty is to take careful heed to covering of the body. It seems that the further our society gets away from moral truth and absolutes the more scant clothing is tolerated.
Another passage in Exodus 28:42 shows that God was careful that the priest’s clothing to cover the nakedness. “And thou shalt make them lines breeches to cover their nakedness; from the loins even unto the thighs they shall reach.” One thing caught my eye when reading this passage; their nakedness was to be covered. A study of this passage shows that the leg was to be covered from the knee up. (Clearly illustrating that, to God, the thigh being uncovered is considered nakedness.)
A modest lady’s desire is that the spirit of Christ shows through when she comes in contact with others. She is keenly aware that God cannot be glorified when her clothing points to specific body parts, causing her to the be focus of other's attention. Her desire, rather, is that her attitude and spirit will cause others to see Christ. When a Christian woman dresses in a way that brings attention to her body, her focus is not Christ; nor is heart’s desire to point a lost and dying world to the Savior.
Modesty also encompasses the spirit of the lady. Just as her clothing does not draw attention to her body; her actions and attitudes do not cause others to focus of her. She is not void of opinions and ideas; but understands that it is not always in the best interest to always have to "voice her opinion". When the times arise for her to speak it is with grace and done sweetly - again, pointing others to Christ. The modesty of her spirit goes hand in hand with her femininity.
Our society is moving away from moral principles at a faster pace than ever before. Thus, living as a Christian in this era allows me awesome opportunities to show Christ and name the name of Christ in the way that I dress as a woman. It has become obvious to me that the farther our society moves away from moral principles the brighter my light shines when I apply biblical principles to my everyday life ( Matthew 5:14-16). I think that is what has saddened me the most when I see Christians choosing to lay aside this issue and deem it non important – they are forfeiting a divinely appointed opportunity to show Christ to a lost and dying world.
One of the prettiest pictures I have seen was that of a Mother and her daughter across a lake. Her husband had taken the picture from the other side of the lake – their backs turned from him. In the picture, you could make out the silhouette of mother and child – and you knew the child was with her mother because you could see her dress blowing in the wind. Although the image was a mere silhouette she was distinctively feminine.
My husband has told me to post on this subject matter for some time now. I have not. Not because of a fear of the subject; but because it is a vast subject. I have started the post several times only to hit the delete button - felling too overwhelmed to even broach the vast chasm that encompass this topic.
However, I must say that my heart has been burdened as I see so many are walking away from this issue. There are those who still hold to this truths behind this issue but choose not to vocalize their convictions; and with this silence many are stepping up and leading many to think that this subject is, and always has been a non- essential issue.
*To challenge your thinking – future generations are depending on us to evaluate why we do what we do
*To hold the banner high – not because of an infatuation with the past – but because I believe by conviction that these principles are biblical and necessary for the furtherance of God’s work here on earth.