This is a topic that has been getting me more and more fired up. Modesty. Mostly modesty in women. Who cares about men being modest, because after all, especially in Christian bubbles, modesty is solely a woman's issue. In a world where MAN has made WOMAN a sex symbol for thousands of years, women are the ones who are condemned and shamed for what they wear and how they wear it... even if MAN tells them it is ok at first.. then turns around and calls that woman a whore.
In our little modern Christian bubbles today, why is this topic still left at women being at fault? 'Woman, cover yourselves because you will cause man to stumble.' 'Don't wear yoga pants, because you will cause my mind to falter.' 'Woman, don't wear those heels so high, because I feel like they are too sexy.'
What about the men walking around topless because they felt too hot? What about the wanna be hipster youth pastor who is wearing his jeans sooo tight that his junk is screaming: LOOK AT ME!! Or how about the senior pastor who decides to wear a white button up top, with no undershirt to church that Sunday and you can clearly see his nipples when he stands on stage because of the lights shining behind him?
The bible clearly states that each person is responsible for his or her own thoughts and actions. GUARD your hearts and your minds brother and sisters. It also states that Gods peace is here to help you (Philippians 4:7)! Do not rely on women or men to keep themselves covered from head to toe to keep yourself mentally clean. At the same time... brothers and sisters, the bible also states that we should help each other out and don't cause each other to stumble (1 Corinthians 8:9). That goes for BOTH sexes. Women, help a brother out and cover up your boobs and keep your girly bits covered. MEN quit wearing your pants so tight that you are cutting off your chances for having children in the future. You too are a sex symbol when you think its ok to take off your top anytime you feel like it, if the weather permits. MEN, you also cause a weaker women to stumble when you are not dressing or behaving modestly.
Men and women, BE MODEST. This is not a topic that men can berate women about, men, you are responsible for yourself, and how you dress as well. If you feel an individual is dressing inappropriately, personally speak with them. If some one is a new believer, guide them with LOVE and wisdom until Christ speaks to their hearts, and through Christ they will change. I beg you fellow Christians to drop the double standards and practice LOVE when you need to correct someone in their modesty. Show them biblical references in LOVE, do not just use your own words. Modesty is relative in the since that each person is in a different place of their journey. Our God is a big God and will speak to each individual with love when it is time for them to change their outside appearance to match their heart inside.
Let me end with this:
1 Corinthians 13:1-3
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I
have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.