What You Wear Matters

And I want women to be modest in their appearance. They should wear decent and appropriate clothing and not draw attention to themselves by the way they fix their hair or by wearing gold or pearls or expensive clothes.  For women who claim to be devoted to God should make themselves attractive by the good things they do.”  1 Timothy 2:9-10

Face it!  Humans are drawn to the revealing of skin.  The more skin we show, the more people are drawn to look.  You only have to look at the media and advertisements to realize this.  As a woman, do you want men to see you as an object for their sexual glances?   How would you feel if they were looking at your daughter that way?  Is this what God would want?  One day, your outward appearance will fade, and wouldn’t you want to be remembered for the inner beauty of your soul which does not fade?  As a man, do you want another man looking lustfully at your wife, girlfriend, or daughter?

  • “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” Proverbs 31:30

Don’t cause men to stumble.  Showing cleavage and extra skin will cause them to stray.  Do you want a married man to sin because of you?

  • “But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Matthew 5:28

In God’s Word, we learn that by causing men to stumble by the way we dress is a serious offense to God…

  • But you have turned from the way and by your teaching have caused many to stumble; you have violated the covenant with Levi,” says the Lord Almighty.” Malachi 2:8
  • “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them if a large millstone were hung around their neck and they were thrown into the sea.” Mark 9:42
  • “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.” Matthew 18:6
  • “Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God—” 1 Cor 10:32

Practice modesty in dress and focus you attention to what truly makes you beautiful… your relationship with God.

  • “when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.”  1 Peter 3:2-4

The Evolution of the Swimsuit Video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJVHRJbgLz8 

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4 thoughts on “What You Wear Matters

  1. I am all for supporting inner beauty, and focusing on a relationship with God, as I myself am a Christian, but are you sure that you are taking these verses in the historical and literary context??

    1. Hi. Thanks for your comment. I’m not sure about the historical and literary context. I’m not a Bible scholar, just a person looking through scripture and asking God what He wants to tell people and hoping I’m getting what He wants right. 🙂 What verses are you questioning? Do you have a different opinion? Thanks, again. God bless.

  2. You should read the book How to read the bible for all its worth, by Gordon D. Fee and Douglas Stuart, I’m taking a Bible class right now and we have to read this book.
    Moving on, the verse in Matthew about causing children to stumble is not talking about the way women dress. And a man cannot control his thoughts?? You made some really good points, but as a woman’s advocate I do not think that women should bear the burden of modesty, we should not have to bear the weight of moral responsibility. God bless you too, and thanks for responding 🙂

  3. Thanks for your reply. I may look into that book. I don’t think Jesus was talking specifically about children in Matthew, but was using it as a picture to show us that we are not to cause any of God’s children (children as well as adults) to stumble in any way, which would include any type of action that could cause someone to sin – the way we dress, drinking alcohol (some will take it to extremes and become intoxicated which is a sin), being prideful, etc. I believe that men and women can control their thoughts to a point, but Satan has his way of putting in thoughts at times that we know aren’t originated from us. Men are easily tempted in the way of sexual sin, way more than women, because their minds are visually activated. That is proven scientifically. So, my only point is that as a woman, knowing that, we should not expose our bodies (first because the Lord tells us to dress modestly) and second because we are conscientious about how we might be perceived by men and would not want to do anything in our power that could cause them to sin. The other issue that I didn’t address was that there are many non-Christian men who have admitted that women showing skin causes them to actively seek them for sexual pleasure and/or crimes of violence… just all in all, not a good idea. I appreciate your comments very much. God bless you!

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