Modesty Honors Beauty
Are we really so surface? Is there not more to us than an insatiable sex drive?
In todayís media--commercials, music videos, movies, and television
programs--the bottom line is that sex sells. Always. Why? Because, at some
point, we actually started to believe that sex was a measure of success. Women
think they have to be sexy, meaning constantly willing to have sex, just to be
beautiful. And men think that they have to have sex, a lot of sex, to be worth
something. And when you take those two ideas, and throw them into fashion and
pop culture, you inevitably come up with styles and trends that depend upon the
targeting of our sexuality. That which God created for mystery becomes a
commodity, and something glorious becomes commonplace.
This is where modesty comes in. Modesty is the decision to reclaim our bodies
and tell this society that we do not need to sell ourselves to one another just
to feel worthy. Modesty is a girlís decision to encourage a guy in purity by
accentuating her love for Christ, not the curve of her hip. Modesty is a guyís
decision to prove himself a man by running after God, not by making himself
physically available to every girl. Modesty is choosing to let your beauty speak
of Love, not lust.
Choosing to be modest is not sentencing yourself to a life of baggy clothes and
long dresses. Thatís not what this is about. Modesty, quite simply, is daring to
live a life submitted to God. It is choosing to live outside of the norm.
Are you daring enough to be modest?
Sarah Howell -