Questions On Dressing Modest…Does It Differ Based On Culture Or Activity
Hi, I have a question about dressing. I know Christians are supposed to be modest but there are some times you arenât so sure about the boundaries. Say in swimming,gymnastics or even belly dancing or dancing of that sort. Is it okay for a christian to wear something exposing, like even a one piece swim wear for sports or gymnastics or show the tummy like in belly dancing. I know some of this is cultural, in west indies festivals, caribana, people usually wear costumes that look like bikinis. I was just wondering how do we balance this with being modest, does different stuff work for different people depending on the culture or does the activity differ? Iâm not sure
His Precious Gift writes…
I donât think you know how important your question is and I am glad you decided to share your concerns with us. Let me begin by saying that when we trust in Jesus as our Lord and Savior, a transfer takes place. We are adopted into the family of God and we are given a glorious new identity- a new nature reflective of Jesus Christ himself! 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, âTherefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! Our identity involves both inner character and outer conduct, which distinguishes us from everyone else.
You talk about different cultures, belly dancing, sports and gymnastics, it all comes down to what Gods Word says, âDo not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.â( Romans 12:2 )
The way we dress is a indication of our character and spiritual maturity, we have a responsibility not to expose areas of the body that normally draw attention from the opposite sex. We must realize that our behavior sets the tone for how others see us and our faith. Being modest in our appearance is just as great a witness to those around us as our actions and words. Our attire is an important part of our testimony. Sometimes we let people pressure us in doing what we believe is not the right thing to do, so we need to ask our self, are we being people pressured or Spirit-led?
In the book of Galatians 1:10 the apostle Paul says âAm I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.â
We must seek to please the Lord in all areas of our lifeâs. Always remember that you have God-given values; God has changed you on the inside and has given you new characteristics. You are a new creation (2 Cor 5:17), You have a new nature ( Colossians 2:11), You have a new heart (Ezekiel 36:26 ),and You have a new Spirit (Ezekiel 36:27).
I hope I have been able to help you with your concerns, always remember that Godâs word is powerful and it will answer all your questions. I will be praying for you as we continue in this wonderful adventure together. God bless you.
Much love always,