I know, I know. How lame of me to bring up something controversial when I’m not even around to take any heat for it.
I’ve been wanting to discuss a certain topic for quite a very long time. And I keep putting it off. Not because I’m afraid to offend people. I’m not. People in general that is. But discussing this topic and sharing my feelings on it means I’d be stepping on some very special toes. Because there are some people I love dearly (very, very dearly!) who don’t share my opinion/convictions in this area, and I can just imagine all the potential for hurt feelings and bruised relationships.
Modesty. What does it mean? How does it look? I know there are different kinds of modesty. Modesty in your speech, your actions, the way you dress. I’m thinking specifically about physical modesty–the clothes you wear and the body parts you cover (or don’t) and how tightly. And so on.
I stumbled across a book this weekend that intrigued me and then found this post on modesty tonight. Some other stuff has also come up on the topic, and I’m wondering if this is God nudging me, saying, “Yeah, time to talk about this. No more putting it off.”
I’m fighting Him a little, asking for more time, wondering how to approach this crazy subject and how to speak my gut-feelings in love. And finding Scripture to back it up (which is not as simple as finding a verse that says, “Thou must not show thy stomach in public at any time, even at the beach.”)
I’d love to do a survey (like the one referenced in the post above), but I’m not sure that will happen. I do want to talk about this though. However. HOWEVER, I’d like it to be a friendly, edifying dialogue. Not just conservative little me, writing up a list of Do Wears and Don’t Wears. As you can see, if you read through the comments on Anne’s post, people have some very, very strong ideas both ways.
So, I’d like to open up the floor. To you. We can dive in a little deeper later–let’s just get our feet wet. And since I’m not around to moderate, please promise me you’ll keep it sweet.
Here are some conversation starters: What questions do you have about modesty? Is it something you’ve been hearing about since you were knee high to a frog, or is this a new topic for you? Is it something you and your friends discuss, or is it a non-issue? Do you have friends that have decidedly different views on modesty than you do? Do you think God has some hard and fast rules about it–or do you think there’s a lot of wiggle room (neutral zone)? Do you think guys and girls see it way differently? Do you think Christians should have a “stricter dress code” than non-believers? What am I missing?
Thanks in advance for sharing your thoughts and remembering that Kindness Rules.
Have a great weekend, friends!