I often write to moms, but today I write to moms who have graduated to grandmas. This, of course, is not a normal topic for me…
Summer is basically upon us. Which means, sweaters and scarves are long gone, and shorts, tank tops, and bathing suits are back in. And can I just say, as a mom of girls, clothing is a lot more complicated in the Summer! Culturally speaking, our girls are told to flaunt whatever they feel like flaunting. The problem is, that’s simply not okay, biblically speaking.
The Bible doesn’t spell out how short shorts can be, or how low shirts should go, or how much skin is too much, or how tight is too tight —So the lines of modesty are gray. But the need for modesty is black and white.
1 Timothy 2:9-10 says,
…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.
There’s no way around it, God expects us to dress modestly. While the Apostle Paul was writing about a specific audience and was giving specific examples of inappropriate attire, the principles still apply today. Basically, Paul was speaking against an outward appearance that was showy, provocative, or purposefully drawing attention to one’s self. And with that, he clarifies it’s our godliness that should beautify us most (1 Timothy 2:10).
If there ever was a day and age in which it would be hard to teach our kids modesty, it would have to be today! Showy, provocative, attention-drawing bodies are everywhere. Movies, social media, the internet, ads, and certainly peers, all display anything but God’s standard (and godliness sure isn’t the focus!). And yet, that is exactly what we want our girls to do— We want them to gladly embrace and display obedience to God, all the way down to the clothing they put on each morning….
If you’d like to read about 5 ways to help your daughter embrace modesty, you can read the rest of the article at The Better Mom Blog.