Day Three - To Guard and Keep
Day Four - What Is The Greater Purpose For Modesty?
Day Five - Interview With Modest Fashion Designer Christa Taylor
Day Six - Gettin' Real With Our Modesty Excuses
Day Seven - Help Me Dress Modestly
Day Eight - Blog Fashion Show
Day Nine - Closet Clean-out Challenge
Day Ten - 20 Great Modesty Resources
"Likewise, I want women to adorn themselves with proper clothing, modestly and discreetly..." 1 Timothy 2:9
I must not begin this series on modesty without first addressing two very key aspects -my intended audience and legalism.
This series is for believers only. I do not and cannot expect unbelievers to act like believers.
First, I offer this definition of legalism (yes, it's long, but worth reading):
"Legalism is the damning lie that says God’s pleasure and joy in me is dependent upon my obedience. It is legalism that causes the Pharisee to look proudly into the sky in the presence of a tax collector. It is legalism that causes a missionary in Africa to think God is more pleased with him than the Christian businessman in America. And it is legalism that causes the preacher behind the pulpit to think God is more pleased with him than the tattooed Christian teenager sitting in the back row. Legalism is the lie that God will find more pleasure in me because my obedience is greater than others or that God looks at me with disgust because I am not growing in grace as quickly as my friends. It is the failure to remember that God’s pleasure in us comes outside of us (in Christ). Legalism causes the heart to forget that God sings over us because of the work He has done, not because of what we have done (Zeph. 3:15-17)." Tony Reinke, Understanding Legalism
It is so easy to fall into a false security by having a list of rules and regulations about dress (I struggle with this, do you?). While there are general guidelines, we must be careful in how we evaluate others (always first looking at ourselves). For example, I try and dress modestly, but I wear pants, sandals, and sleeveless shirts. To someone who is Mennonite I am probably dressing in an extremely immodest fashion. However, to an Amish person, a Mennonite is probably immodest in their dress. It can go on and on. We should not stray from truth, but at the same time we need to be careful and prayerful about approaching it. We should also be open to receiving truth.
My goal with this series is to help all of us to put God first when it comes to how we choose to dress, which is an offset of where our hearts are before the Lord. I offer my perspective (with a biblical perspective) of modesty in a humble but truthful manner.
Get ready, because tomorrow we dig in (you all have been so patient)! Oh yea, and you'll also get a little glimpse into my history.
"There is “not a square inch” of our lives—including our closets—with which God is not concerned. Even more, he cares about the heart behind what you wear, about whether your wardrobe reveals the presence of worldliness or godliness." C.J. Mahaney
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