Oh the good old days. We all like to talk about them. Back when things were simple. You know, horse drawn wagons, living off the land, making your own clothes time period.
And best of all? Everything and everyone was so pure and virtuous. We didn’t have things like Playboy magazines, affairs in marriages, immodest clothing to attract attention, or filthy language being used to describe how great a woman’s body looks.
Seriously? I jest.
It feels like the modesty standards are constantly being pulled backwards. If we could only dress like the ladies did in 1950’s, the world would be a better place.
But what about the ladies in the 1910’s? They would have considered the 1950’s clothing to be horribly immodest, and the ladies to be sinful. They were showing more legs and more arms in the 1950’s!
Scratch the 1900’s altogether, we need to dress like the pioneers did in the 1800’s! Admittedly, this was a more modest time period. But think back to the Regency time period of the 1700’s. If you have watched the classic Pride and Prejudice with Colin Firth, you know the dresses might have been maxi length, but plenty of cleavage is spilling out of those gowns!
We don’t need to go back in time to dress modestly. Decent clothing standards weaves in and out of time, going back to the garden of Eden, when Adam and Eve made garments from leaves. Is that the most godly way to dress still, since it was done in the Garden of Eden?
Cultures dictate clothing. Styles change, and sometimes it’s not always a sinful thing. They just change style. Don’t overthink it, and don’t over spiritualize it. Find what is modest in today’s world, and wear it. Don’t feel like you have to dress like the prairie days, or the 1950’s, or the victorian time period to be modest.
We live and breath and move in in our times. Some people were alive when they first used horse and buggy as a child, and then died with an automobile in their garage. The world changes, and we change around it. We need to seek the Lord, find out what our own modesty standards are going to be, and not base it on modesty standards of 200 years ago.
If you wore a victorian swimsuit of bloomers and a swimming hat to the beach today, you would draw so much more attention to yourself than if you wore a cute swim skirt and a top. Or board shorts and a shirt.
Don’t fool yourself into thinking that history is always best. What you will end up doing is attract a lot of attention as you walk around in your prairie dress, and people will think that’s what Christianity is all about.
Live in the world, but not of it. Live in the culture, but not immersed in it. Live in the present time, but always hoping for the future, the return of our blessed Lord and Savior. Don’t go backwards. Keep your feet firmly pressed on the straight and narrow path, and walk on in your Christian life!