With Memorial Day behind us, school wrapped up, and June finally being upon us, it means that summer is finally here. Yesterday during the Dam to Dam we had our hottest day of the year, and today is supposed to be even warmer. After spending the morning with hardcore runners, newbies and guys like me that just want to say we finished another, I couldn’t help but to be reminded of what it is like to be around those that don’t whole the same standard of modesty that I do. It wasn’t long after we started that shirts were being cast aside. It wasn’t just the guys stripping their shirts off either. There were a few woman that stripped down to their sports bra alone. Due to this and the fact that the temperatures will continue to climb, I think it is prudent to remind ourselves of God’s expectations concerning summer apparel.
Before we get into the specifics I want to remind you about what Christianity is. Too often we think of Christianity as a list of “do’s” and “do not’s.” This is what the Jews essentially made the Law to be. It was law written upon stone that punished them when the failed to heed the rules and regulations. This is not what God was wanting. The Hebrew author pointed this out in Heb. 10:16 “This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.” This does not mean that God wants us to memorize the law. I think this is what we have practiced. While I am not saying it is wrong to memorize bible verses, if this is all that we have done we have done something wrong. When we are quoting I Cor. 6:9-11 to point out that we are not to be homosexuals, drunkards, etc we have missed the point of the new covenant God has established. The law written upon our hearts was written to change us at our very core. As a Christian we don’t live as a homosexual because we don’t want to be unpleasing to our father. As a Christian, I don’t get drunk, not because God said don’t do it, but rather because I desire to make something more of my life so that God might be honored in all that I do. The new covenant is not about giving us a list of dos and do nots, but it is about changing who I am from a man lost in sins, dead to spirituality, to a person that finally lives, finally sees and finally thrives in God’s blessings.
This summer, when you start to choose what you are going to where each morning, I don’t just want you thinking about whether or not this shirt is too low cut or if these shorts expose too much of your legs. (And boys these rules apply for you too). What I want us to be aware of is what message are you sharing when we dress the way we do. I know our society doesn’t really care about what message is being shared, but I do what you to be aware of it anyways. Does your clothing choice honor God? God is not just there when two or more are gathered in his name. God is always there. God is always watching. So, if God saw what you were wearing, would he be proud to call you his child? Would he be ashamed to introduce you to his “friends.” Adam and Eve so respected God that when they knew they were naked they hid themselves (remember they had some form of clothing on). Peter did something similar when he say Jesus. Rather than stripping before jumping into the sea, he put clothes on before swimming to see Jesus. He knew Jesus was the son of God and approaching him without his shirt on was disrespectful.
Does your clothing choice honor others? I know this is not a popular statement in modern culture but we all need to be mindful of how others might react to our clothing choices. According to common blogs posted on yahoo’s feed, men that look at women dressed immodestly are pigs. They shouldn’t view women as sex objects (which they shouldn’t). However, they claim that it doesn’t matter how a woman dresses. Friends, it does matter. If you seek to honor your neighbor, honor your friends, you are going to be aware of how they see you. Don’t dress in such a way that you know it is likely that men will think impure thoughts. In other words, don’t be the stumbling block for their hearts.
Does your clothing choices honor yourself? Remember, that you do not need clothing to sell people on the type of person you are. Your clothing (or lack thereof) is not needed to get people to pay attention to you. If the person (boy or girl) will only pay attention to you if you dress a certain way then that is a person who doesn’t deserve your attention. While dressing like a harlot doesn’t make you a harlot, it shows that you value yourself in the same manner. Don’t do that to yourself. You are worth so much more!
Grinnell church of Christ
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