Thursday, November 17, 2011

A Modest Proposal...

So I went to Plant City tonight to get my hair done and laying on the table was a Plant City paper of some sort. I don't know what it's called but it has local stories, events, etc. in it. On the front cover is a picture of a 14 year old Plant City pagent girl. Beautiful girl...with the most revealing dress. The slit in the front literally went aaaaaall the way up. I almost swallowed my tongue. FOURTEEN! It looked like a dress Britney Spears would wear. And I'm sorry, I really am not judging....but why are we, as a society, teaching our young "ladies" that it's okay to dress like a $2 hooker? Now maybe that's harsh...and if you read my blog and you happen to know the girl on the front of that paper, I mean no ill will. I am sure she is just as beautiful on the inside, but I just have a proposal to make...

I see it the schools, in the mall, in the grocery store, and worst of all....in the church. Young girls and women wearing revealing tops, or short skirts/dresses, or jeans so tight they look like they've been painted on, or short and tight shorts. As Christ followers, we are supposed to set a higher standard and I will tell you right now, half the time, I think we dress just like the rest of the world. I learned several years ago just how my dress affects the male brain. Let me just say, I stopped wearing certain articles of clothing after I learned that information. And now that I'm older and I'm married, I check with my husband if I'm not sure about a certain top or dress/skirt. I can dress all sorts of revealing in the privacy of my own home in front of my own husband...because we are MARRIED... and he's allowed to have those thoughts about me. But why in the WORLD would I want to dress like that for anyone else's man? I don't and I wouldn't...but plenty of women do.

Now I'm not perfect but I've been a proponent for modesty since I was in high school. I never ever desired to draw attention to myself in THAT way and I guess I just don't understand that mindset. I mean, if you've got it, congratulations on having a nice body....but does my husband need to see what you've got? No ma'am...

I think all women, before going out in public in certain questionable clothing, should ask themselves what their motive is. Is it because you're just really comfortable in that clothing and that's the only article of clothing fit for that occasion/event or are you hoping to get attention from it? Be honest with yourself. And if you're married, then why do you want to show off what should only be for your husband? Do you want some other woman showing off her goods to YOUR man? Yea, I didn't think so. So I propose that Christian women start a movement of modesty. You can still be stylish and yes, even sexy, while dressing modestly and covering up. Trust me: men will respect you more.

In Proverbs 31:25, the Bible speaking about the virtuous woman states, "She is clothed with strength and dignity." I wonder...what would that look like in the physical sense? Do you see strength and dignity in a woman wearing a skirt or dress that is dangerously close to showing other treasures or a top that reveals more boobage than necessary?

I don't want to make my fellow brothers in Christ stumble. I want to clothe myself inwardly and outwardly with strength and dignity, and anything less is and should be unacceptable. I would hope that if something I wore caused another brother to stumble, that someone would be bold but loving enough to tell me.

So ladies, let's examine our dress and let's vow to be modest. If you're not sure what that looks like, ask a guy you trust to tell you what pops in his head immediately when he sees women dressed in certain things....trust me, you might get an education. And you might think twice about those super skinny jeans or that low cut top....