Modesty and the Lack Thereof

Some time ago, I preached a topical sermon on the subject of pornography.  This was in connection with Lord’s Day 41 and the seventh commandment.  Some time afterward a teacher told me that this was something that they also tried to address in the high school.  He said that there was only one subject that made students more uncomfortable than pornography and that was modesty in dress and deportment.  The subject always provokes a reaction and I know because I certainly heard more about my sermon on Proverbs 31:30-31 than my sermon on Lord’s Day 41.  I mention this because I’ve been meaning to post this item from Pyromaniacs for quite a while.  It’s addressed particularly to those of the fairer gender:  a plea to show mercy to the less fair.  The summer’s not over yet, so I imagine it will still be relevant.  If the appendage on your gender circle points downward (i.e. ♀), please read it.

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Pastor of the Free Reformed Church, Launceston, Tasmania. View all posts by Wes Bredenhof

One response to “Modesty and the Lack Thereof

  • Laura HaHe

    I know this is a really old post so mind my belated response! When God speaks of dressing modestly in the bible He does it from the framework that we are temples of the Holy Spirit and therefore need to portray ourselves as such. Dressing modestly is not talked about in conjunction with sexuality in the bible. While the advice of Pyromaniac Post to dress modestly is fair, the philosophy behind it is dangerous. The idea that a man cannot help but lust after a women he finds visually stimulating can lead to a culture of victim-blaming in the case of sexual abuse. It is also demeaning to both men and women. Instead, men need to be taught, as per Job 31:1, to control themselves, and all Christ’s followers, men women and children, are to dress modestly because we are temples of the Holy Spirit.

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