24 October 2011

A study in Modesty

Here is a checklist for a girl or woman to run through when she gets dressed or goes shopping.

Women's Hedges: a worksheet to help define protective boundaries

The Modesty Survey: by the Harris brothers, authors of Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations

Following is a radio interview of Nancy Leigh DeMoss.
Nancy: So 1 Timothy 2 tell us that we should adorn ourselves with apparel or clothing that is respectable, and then it says with modesty.

We’ve talked a lot about modesty on this program before. I had a lot of listeners thank us for going where angels fear to tread because this really is counter-cultural, but help us think through what that word modesty really means.

Mary: Well, the Greek word is usually translated modesty, but it contains elements of modesty and humility in there as well. There’s an associated word that is really dressing with eyes downcast. So it really is the opposite of being the loud and wayward, brazen, “look at me; look at my flesh,” kind of appearances. It’s a humility.

Nancy: The old King James has in this context the word shamefacedness, which is an old-fashioned word you’d never hear today, but it does have to do with this appropriate humility, downcast eyes. Not as in being downtrodden, but being clothed with humility.

Mary: Dressing in a way that is respectful towards the Lord, and, really, that shamefacedness, again, that has negative connotations when we say it nowadays. But it really was picking up on that aspect of modesty and humility, the humble aspect, to recognize that we are fallen creatures, that we stand guilty before God, and we need the blood of Jesus Christ, that covering, to cover us in order that we may present ourselves before Him, and so to bear testimony to that story with our clothing.

I think that’s what modesty is all about. We want to cover our nakedness adequately, in a humble way, saying, “Yes, this really honors the story of the gospel, that I am clothed in Christ. Christ covers my nakedness and my shame in the spiritual realm, and therefore, I am going to cover my nakedness appropriately in the physical realm.” (source)

Nancy Leigh DeMoss draws a connection to the King Hezekiah in 2 Kings 25, "Your feminine charms, your feminine beauty, your body are treasures. They’re the gift of God. When a woman or a girl displays her treasures to people who don’t have a right to partake of them, she runs the risk that someone who has an evil intent will take away what she has revealed." (source)

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