Monday, September 25, 2006

The Girl, Her Lord & Her Wardrobe

I've just finished reading Girl Talk: Mother-Daughter Conversations on Biblical Womanhood by Carolyn Mahaney & Nicole Mahaney Whitacre. It's been a real interesting read since the aim of the book is to encourage mums and daughters to really talk about what it means to be a godly woman. It's written by a mother and daughter and provides insights, tips and even study questions. One of the areas which they discuss is the issue of modesty. As one who is not the most fashionable when it comes to clothes I did find the whole discussion interesting and it did make me think. Nicole Whitacre (the daughter) writes:

"Immodest dress is more than simply wearing a short skirt or low-cut blouse. Immodesty is an expression of pride and self-importance, the opposite of humility. Revealing, seductive clothes are the costume of a woman seeking to draw attention to herself rather than bring glory to God. So modesty, then, is humility expressed in dress. It is the attire of the godly woman."

Here are a couple of questions and thoughts to ponder:

1. Modesty is of the utmost importance. It honours God and protects our Christian brothers from sin.
2. Our modest clothing can attest to the fact that the Gospel has indeed changed our lives.
3. What do godly guys look for in a girl? What don't they like to see?
4. What is the most eye-catching thing about you? Your clothing or your character?

One of the helpful things in the book is a "Modesty Heart Check" which I found here. Some of you may well grimace at some of the questions but the intent behind them reflects God's Word on this topic:

"I want women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God." 1 Timothy 2:9-10

1 comment:

Claire said...

I'm all for women putting energies into developing godly character rather than focussing on what we look like... so who's going to tell the Christian guys that's what they should be looking for?!