Today, I violate the code and open the door on something Christian men have tried to keep quiet. Why? Because women need to know what Christian men REALLY think about modesty and immodesty in women so they can have more empathy and compassion. I hope you will read the article and share your thoughts on what I consider an important issue.
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Many preachers find strength is reading the words of the prophet Jeremiah. I certainly do. For me, there is something about that with which he was continually struggling that I find very helpful in that which I do. For instance, when the people of the land were crying out that all would be well, Jeremiah cried out that all would not be well. In fact, so deluded were the people in their thinking about what was going on that they could no longer blush (8:12).
In our day many surely follow the same philosophy that the people of Judah adhered to in Jeremiah’s day, don’t they? Women wear clothing that is so short that it would not take much more cutting off before the clothing item would become underwear! What about the dresses and the skirts? How about the tops that are worn, and should we mention anything about the bathing suits? In order to meet what some call modesty the clothing that covers the body is tight fitting and every crevice of the body is seen. Pitiful! Men are just as guilty, though the sheer number of items worn might be smaller to lament. When is it ever right for a male to go about shirtless, exposing that portion of the body that should only be seen by his wife (or, only within his home)? Some of the males exhibit their wisdom in the pants they wear when they have to walk in such a way that their knees are wider than their shoulders, and that’s only to prevent the pants from sliding down to the ground and really exposing their “wisdom”!
In our society this is a norm, and we don’t blush.
The world has no concept of modesty. They wear as little as the law will allow. After an hour in Wal-Mart today, I was exhausted from seeing so much immodesty that I posted on Facebook, “Just say no to cleavage! Stop assaulting the public!” I thought my followers on Twitter needed to hear this, as well. I lost six followers on Twitter, as a result. That is not surprising. People do not want to hear such things.
Women or men who walk around barely dressed, could ostensibly be accused of a small measure of sexual harassment on the public. They have a responsibility to be modest and to not be a s tumbling-block to the men around her (1 Timothy 2:8-9; Romans 14:13). Instead, they want to do anything they want without consequence.
This is even a serious problem in the church and it is getting worse. We need to be courageous and teach on this important subject.
Funny thing is, almost everyone will admit that immodesty is out of control in our society. Yet, things keep getting worse. There is a lot to consider about that from a psychological perspective.
Thouartmine42, Carnival of Modesty for June 25th 2011 : Is This Modest?, and Mike Riley are discussing. Toggle Comments
The brotherhood website, For Christian Girls, is accumulating articles for women and girls to learn more about modesty, morality and marriage. I hope you will link to the site and share it with young women/girls.
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Some Things Are Not Worth "Wrestling" About
February 19, 2011
Wrestling is to the state of Iowa what basketball is to the state of Kentucky. For whatever reason, Iowa has excelled in the sport of wrestling. Since 1970, schools from the state of Iowa have won the NCAA National Championship in wrestling a total of 28 times! So wrestling is a big deal to them.
Enter Joel Northrup, a home-schooled sophomore who was 35-4 during the regular season, but this past week defaulted out of his opening Iowa State Tournament match at 112 pounds. Why would he refuse to wrestle and throw away his chance at such a huge event? The answer is because his opponent was a girl. Joel thinks that the physical contact involved in wrestling is inappropriate between a boy and a girl. So rather than violate his conscience, he defaulted in the match, the victory was given to the girl, and his chances of being a state champion passed him by.
Since this young man’s decision, some have accused him of just being a coward; being afraid to lose to a girl. Others have ridiculed his decision as being puritan, but with respect to me, he’s gained a fan!
The cost of conviction can sometimes be great, but the rewards of integrity are always substantially greater!
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