The question is: Is it ok for us as Christian women to dress outside of modesty? Meaning, does God give us the ok for short skirts, shorts, leggings, shirts that may show cleavage, and even crop tops that reveal our stomachs? And are bikini bathing suits approved by God also?
question has brought a bit of confusion on a ton of us for some years now, even I myself was once deceived and confused. I was once a supporter of dressing how you want, because I thought, why should it matter? This is my style, and this is the way I want to dress. Mind you that this was before I became a Christian with this mindset, but even after, I still struggled somewhat with fully engaging and understanding the whole concept of (Modesty) in its entirety. But of course, God’s word alone has brought me to my answer. God wants us as women in Christ to respect ourselves and our bodies. Because we are his, we are apart of the body of Christ. He makes it very clear to us in Timothy that he wants us to dress in modest clothing:
“In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;”
– 1 Timothy 2:9 KJV
So, what exactly is dressing in modest apparel you ask? And how exactly do we know how we’re supposed to dress? Where did the whole just “dresses and skirts” scenario come from? Well, the good news is that I’ve found another verse to also answer that question:
“The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the Lord thy God.”
– Deuteronomy 22:5 KJV
This verse is basically telling us that men should wear men clothing, such as jeans. And women should wear women’s clothing, dresses, skirts, etc. It actually didn’t become a norm for a woman to start wearing jeans until about the early 1970’s when it was nearly but legally accepted in stores, schools, and more. Now as you can see, it’s more than normal for a woman to wear jeans, even separating the two, because there are jeans for men and women now. But we must remember, jeans were originally made for the man, and dresses/skirts for the woman.
Moving on, is it ok for us to wear bikini’s to the beach in the summer uncovered? Now of course the bible doesn’t speak on bikinis, but I’m more than positive that when God says he wants us to be modest, he meant it in all ways. God means business. A bikini is showing more than enough of cleavage, stomach, and all of the above. I would consider wearing a covering over your bathing suit, or even looking into a modest swimwear apparel line or find some swimwear with more covering at a local retail store.
Back in the day, women would change in small changing rooms connected to trucks and be dropped off inside the water, just so that no one could see them in their swimwear. That’s why the woman in the picture is looking around, because she doesn’t want anyone to see her. It’s fascinating how much things have changed since then. Have you ever heard of the “itsy bitsy teeny weeny, yellow polka dot bikini” song? Well the reason behind that song, is because the woman in the song is afraid for anyone to see her in her bikini, which is why it says “that she wore for the first time today” and other parts like “her cheeks were red” she was afraid, because it wasn’t normal then the way it is now.
God wants you to know that you don’t need to expose your body to be beautiful. YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL, Regardless of what the world tells you. In a world full of half naked, self praising women, YOU can be the change. Modesty isn’t about hiding ourselves, it’s about revealing our dignity. Modesty is so much more than conservative fashion, it shows God that you’re honoring not only him, but the body of Christ, and everyone else apart of it. (“For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”- 1 Corinthians 6:20 KJV)
So my dear sisters in Christ, I pray that this answers all of your questions. Thank you for taking your time out to read. God bless.