On Project Inspired, we like to stress modesty and our style guides often discuss dressing appropriately. However, there are some people who believe that God doesn’t care about what we look like on the outside. While this is the case with our physical appearance, does it count when it comes to how we present ourselves–including our clothes?
It all began with Adam and Eve. After they disobeyed God by eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, they became aware of their nakedness, so they covered themselves with fig leaves. When God saw them, He redressed them before banishing them from Eden.
Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them (Genesis 3:21).
Why did God redress them?
That seems to be the first indication of how important both clothes and modesty are to God. If He didn’t care, wouldn’t He have left Adam and Eve sporting their immodest leafy attire? Why would He clothe them in skins if their fig leaves already covered them sufficiently? There are so many other instances in the Bible that speak of covering up nakedness–not just getting dressed, but covering up and being modest.
In Matthew, Jesus tells a parable about a king who arranged a wedding banquet for his son. When the king came to meet with the guests, he saw a man not dressed for the occasion and called for him to be tied up and thrown out into the darkness. The story basically explains that we should all prepare for our salvation,“For many are called, but few are chosen” (Matthew 22:14). Now, even though the parable is about salvation, why does Jesus use the example of a man dressing inappropriately if dressing suitably is not important?
Scripture also talks about not causing our brothers to stumble. In 1 Timothy 2:9, it reads, “In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel….” These references indicate that we are not to call attention to ourselves. We should not dress so extravagantly or sexily that we turn heads.
So with these examples mentioned, and so many more clearly present in scripture, it seems obvious that God expects that we all dress modestly and appropriately, doesn’t it?
Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31).
One thing is for sure, no matter what we do, we should glorify God, and this includes dressing ourselves.
Ladies, do you feel that scripture is clear about how we should dress? Do you believe that God expects us to be modest and appropriate in our attire?
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