Cool and Not Cool

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This appeared in my Facebook feed this morning and it brings one of my pet issues to mind: modesty.

Correct me if I am wrong but the woman’s attire has little, if anything, to do with rape. Rape is about power and control. Rape is what sin-sick men do in an attempt to satisfy a perverted need which is not primarily related to testosterone.  

Similarly, immodesty is an attempt to satisfy a valid need that has been perverted; the need to be appreciated and noticed; to be valued. When I see a woman dressed immodestly my first reaction is grief and sadness. Sad that whether she is conscious of it or not she is saying my body is all I have to offer you; it’s all I have to be proud of. 

I shall now brave the flack: The showing of cleavage, thighs and more is common in this culture and in summer months the excuse it is hot is as good as any other; but it is still an excuse. Not only is it an excuse it is a fallacy that wearing little more than bra and panties in the heat of the sun will make one cooler. Give me a calf length full flowing cotton skirt and a white cute kicky blouse/shirt (no cleavage showing) and I guarantee you I will be cooler than the one in a tank top and shorts. Sun beating down on bare skin is not cool – in more ways than one.

So why do women dress with cleavage, thighs and more exposed? You tell me.

I am not advocating that it takes head to toe garb to be modest. Modesty does not start with clothing, it starts with the heart. It starts with a woman or girl determining that JESUS is the one I am to please. HE gets to decide what I walk out the door wearing.  I wonder how many Christian women look in a full length mirror before they leave the house and ask HIM is this modest, LORD? Does this speak well of You and me?

I tell you from experience, you ask Him honestly and sincerely for clothing guidelines – He will give them to you.

There are some women at First Baptist Church of Satsuma, the local congregation of which I am a part, who carefully dress and some who don’t. One in particular who is younger than me even, every Sunday she is dressed modestly and attractively – she sings in the Praise Band. I have not told her; perhaps I should. She blesses me greatly!

Want a public figure as an example? Beth Moore. I have yet to see her dressed in anything but modest and flat-out cute clothes. And no she does not shop at high $ stores. 

So there’s my soapbox for today. 

1 Timothy 2:8-10 The Message (MSG)

8-10 Since prayer is at the bottom of all this, what I want mostly is for men to pray—not shaking angry fists at enemies but raising holy hands to God. And I want women to get in there with the men in humility before God, not primping before a mirror or chasing the latest fashions but doing something beautiful for God and becoming beautiful doing it.

via 1 Timothy 2:8-10 MSG – Since prayer is at the bottom of all – Bible Gateway.

Day 119 of 2014, praying for revival in the Body of CHRIST.

Kathie

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ABBA, You know my heart; You know where I have come from; You know the hot pants and heels I once wore; and in Your Grace, You redeemed me; I can never say thank You enough and I pray for others to be redeemed too in Yeshua’s Mighty Name. 

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