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It seems like the topic of modesty has popped up several times recently in conversation. I also mentioned it in passing a couple weekend’s ago at Riv. Then, I stumbled onto this post on Pete Wilson’s blog referencing a “Modesty Survey” which interviewed a bunch of people about what is modest in women’s clothing. I suspect the author of the study (which is a tad weird to be honest) focused on women because this is typically more an issue for women than men. Men, however, can struggle with modesty as well.
Because of all of this, and because Halloween is this weekend (ahem), I figured I post a list of things to think about regarding the topic. First, a few verses:
…women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire, but with what is proper for women who profess godliness—with good works. (1 Timothy 2:9–10)
Now this verse is not saying women should never braid their hair or wear nice things. Rather, Paul is saying that appearance / clothing can become the things that cause us to stand out, rather than “godliness and good works.” We see this in a second passage:
Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious. (1 Peter 3:3–4)
With this said, here ‘s a great article with particular thoughts regarding Halloween: Dignity has place on Halloween
(Photo snipped from “Amish Paradise“)