The girl in the bikini.
The teller at the bank with an enormous amount of cleavage falling out of her shirt.
The woman sitting in the chair next to you in her mini skirt that is 2 inches long, legs dangling with high heels on. You see men walking by her, giving admiring looks at those legs.
You feel frustrated, perhaps irritated and you want nothing more then to get back home and away from these terribly immodest ladies.
My mother was once a person who dressed immodestly. She was far from perfect during her late teen/early twenties.
She didn’t know the Lord.
She needed a Savior to come and lead her along the path. To lift her up out the miserable pit she was in and show her a sweeter path that led to eternal life with Him. Three years ago today she found true rest and peace when she entered Heaven, and now is basking in the joys of eternity that we can only dream of.
Those ladies who might be dressed as prostitutes. They need a savior. A reason to forsake the life they are on and walk a different path.
We are the ones to show these people a better way.
You might think “well, my long skirt and modest blouse and long hair is my witness. I will lead people to Christ just by being a light to the world by how I dress.”
I know because I have been guilty of thinking that same thing. Justifying in my mind that I don’t have to get dirty with their sin, because I have my headcovering and conservative jumper on, and they know I’m a Christian, so I’m being a good witness.
It’s not enough. Looking like a Christian woman, feminine, meek and modest will yes, encourage some. But we have to be willing to go to the cross with those who are on a different path.
There are challenges that arise with the duty we have. We want to shelter our young children as we should, and they do not need to be thrown into the midst of a beach full of bikini clad ladies, or a bar full of prostitutes. Our responsibility is to protect them.
But we teach them to sorrow, and have concern for these people. Not mock, laugh, and wrinkle their nose in disgust.
Because if Mama is doing it, they will do it.
As we continue our swimsuit series, and future discussions on modesty, please understand that I’m not saying we need to don a long skirt on and run to the hills. We need to be a bright light to the dismal world around us. But just because we need to love the lost does not mean we need to dress like the lost. Don’t allow yourself to fall into the trap of saying we are not supposed to create a standard.
We already have a standard. Jesus Christ. The one and only way to come out of the dark world and find a new life of redemption. He gave us permission to create standards, because his whole life was a standard of truth. Jesus spoke words that were difficult to bear, to some might have sounded cruel and unfeeling. He chased the money hungry people out of the temple. But he also had compassion on the woman at the well who was a prostitute. He talked to her, and did not pass her by because of her sin.
His life was not flawed by the sin of others though. He did not stoop to going to their level, as so many churches try to do these days. Instead he sought to bring people up his level, which was to God.
Create your family standards. Teach your children why they should not wear immodest clothing. Instruct them in purity, and in keeping their hearts and minds free of lust. At the exact same time though, when they criticize that person who is different then them, remind them to pray for them. Always keep telling them that there are those who know not God, and so act accordingly.
One of the worst things that can happen is when a group of people separate themselves from the world, and forget that they were once just like those lost people out there.
We all have been lost and without a shepherd, yet Christ sought for us. Let us go after the lost sheep in love and compassion, calling them to come unto the shepherd of their souls and find redemption in him.