Hey guys! I received a guest post from Amie of Crazy A. I’m planning to hop back on here with a post soon, but for now, here’s Amie!
My family has a pretty strict modesty standard. Some people balk at what we consider to be “modest”, while others might say we’re immodest. What truly is modesty?
The Bible tell us not to be immodest. (Timothy 2:9) It also tells us that women’s clothes and men’s clothes should be different. (Deuteronomy 22:5).
But what does the Bible mean by being modest? What does it mean by not wearing men’s clothes?
We all have our own views of “modest” and “immodest”. When we see someone who is to us an “extreme” modest, we begin to feel uncomfortable. Why should they dress any differently than us? Does it make them feel better to be more modest?
Sometimes when I see someone who is “immodest,” my first reaction is to be prideful.
“See how much better I am than they? That poor girl. She doesn’t realize what she’s doing to herself.”
Or, I silently judge what kind of person they are. There’s a really good saying that goes something like this, “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover.” Should we judge a girl by her dress?
That doesn’t mean dressing immodestly is okay—No! It’s far from okay, but having a pharisaical attitude is just as far from okay. We are called to share the gospel, not judge a person’s dress, attitude, or language. Once a person has found the love of Christ, then it is up to God to work in their heart.
Christian liberty is a hard thing to learn. It’s easy to be legalistic, but the Bible says,
“Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.” (Galatians 2:16)
Our unity is not in the way we dress, or what we eat. As Christians, our unity is in the fact that by grace alone we are the children of God. This should be our constant refrain, and our joyful song. We’re brothers and sisters in Christ, not because of anything we have done, but because of what Christ has done. Praise the Lord!