“Women should dress themselves modestly and decently in suitable clothing, not with their hair braided, or with gold, pearls, or expensive clothes, but with good works, as is proper for women who profess reverence for God,” 1 Timothy asserts (2:9-10).
I grew up hearing at youth group that modesty was important because immodesty would cause men to stumble. But where the church fails here, is by turning a male problem into a female one. True, we should not want to cause our brothers in Christ to falter because of the way we dress. But when we’re told over and over to cover our bodies, we begin to feel there is something wrong with them. Our naked bodies are beautiful as God created them.
This message is from “Balancing faith in a secular world” by Laura Johnson, in the October 2014 issue of Café.
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