Bikinis! You're probably tired of hearing about them. Believe me, I am too. It's an important subject though, and we need to be aware of it. Have you ever asked someone who was okay with bikinis, “Why can you wear bikinis to the beach but not anywhere else? Well, I did this once, a long time ago, and the answer I got was, “Well, if you're at the church building wearing a bikini, you'd draw a LOT of attention to yourself, whereas at the beach, you wouldn't because everyone is wearing one.” Well, in theory with no deeper thinking involved, this sounds like an acceptable answer. Well, I thought about it, and I realized something. Okay, modesty aside, the reason you couldn't wear a bikini to a worship service is because it's not appropriate. Also, dressing modestly and dressing appropriately are two completely different things. That is what I will be talking about in this article.
Another thing about dressing appropriately is that it's a form of modesty. Wait, didn't I just say that dressing appropriately and dressing modestly are two different things? Yes, but dressing appropriately is a kind of modesty. In 1 Timothy 2:9 at the end of the verse it talks about not braiding your hair, or wearing gold or pearls or costly garments. This is not talking about not dressing up nicely. This is talking about not over dressing, or dressing to attract attention to yourself. Not showing off how much money you have in your dress, basically. Like, you wouldn't go to a football game in a ball gown, would you? Probably not. Why? It's not appropriate, and it will attract a lot of attention. Dressing modestly isn't just about not drawing attention to certain parts of the body, it's about not drawing attention to yourself, either. We are to give glory to God in everything we do, and it's kind of difficult to do that when we're always giving glory to ourselves. 1 Timothy 2:10 talks about how we need to dress appropriate for women who profess godliness. This is exactly what I have been talking about. How can we claim to be Christians, if we don't even dress like we are? It's very important to remember this.
Today, I would like to encourage all of you to not fall under pier pressure, and to remain whole and pure in everything you do, because it is very important.