Pathway to Modesty: A Letter to My Daughter
by sandra snider
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You have been at a crossroads, dear one. A path was chosen and I am proud of you.
As a teenager you have had decisions to make as to how you will dress as a young woman. You have not chosen the path that’s broad and wide and easy for the multitudes of shoppers. I have seen you reject the option of carelessly selecting trendy and sleazy fashion items that hang and beckon on the racks in most department stores. You have carefully and wisely chosen the skirts, shorts, pants, tops and bathing suits you place in your shopping cart. You have not pushed your clothes cart down the crooked and destructive path of the world.
Instead, you have chosen the straight pathway of modesty, and as a Christian, modesty is obviously the right path to choose. Unfortunately, there are few today in our culture who choose this path because narrow and difficult is the pathway to modesty. But you have discovered that God’s Word has much to say on the subject of clothing for females and you have chosen the path of obedience.
We discovered together Isaiah 3:16-24. These verses describe how some Jewish women dressed a few thousand years ago, and God was not pleased with their appearance. Unfortunately, things haven’t changed much and if God were writing those same words and sentiments today, this is how God’s letter to America’s young ladies might read:
“God will judge the prideful American females who walk around with the haughty attitude, ‘I can dress however I want.’ Their bodies are pierced and studded with jewelry of all kinds: nose rings, tongue rings, navel rings. They wear skimpy tops, no bigger than doilies, really, to reveal cleavage and bare midriffs as they try to allure and catch the attention and glances of men and boys. They walk the streets in clothing better suited for bedrooms than for sidewalks! They are self-assured now but the Lord will strip away their pride someday. Gone will be their heavy perfumes, short-shorts, visible bra straps, bosom-hugging tight T-shirts, low-rise jeans, mini skirts and bikinis. Someday, all this will be gone and all that will be left to them is shame and disgrace.”
Ezekiel 16:10 gives a dramatic visual contrast. “I clothed you in embroidered cloth…I clothed you with fine linen and covered you with silk…your clothing was of fine linen, silk, and embroidered cloth.” God clothes his daughters in beautiful fabrics fit for royalty! The clothing of the Proverbs 31 woman is fine linen as well, which sanctifies her, sets her apart, and makes her special. It’s certainly not about sackcloth and ashes!
Ezekiel 16:14 says, “Your fame went out among the nations because of your beauty, for it was perfect through My splendor, which I had bestowed on you,” says the Lord God. You have discovered that when you clothe yourself in a God-honoring way you have His splendor, not the world’s inferior standard of beauty. This fallen world shouts at you to show more skin in order to be considered beautiful, but you know that Satan is the father of all lies, don’t you?
You know that God’s pathway is this: dress modestly and the Lord bestows upon you a special beauty that makes you even more attractive to your brothers in the Lord. Modesty enhances your beauty, dear daughter, and you now are confident that dressing modestly and sensibly will actually be one of the reasons your future husband is attracted to you. You also know that the way you dress determines your reputation. A good name and a good reputation are to be chosen, says Proverbs 22:1. Eccl. 7:1 says, “A good reputation is more valuable than the most expensive perfume.”
Hannah, you’ve learned that God wants your body covered. Revelation 19:14 describes the Saints as being clothed. The tormented man who lived among the tombs in Mark 5 is described as being “clothed and in his right mind” in verse 15. He became perfectly sane after he encountered the Truth in the Person of Jesus Christ.
When a young woman is not dressed properly she is not even in her right mind. Surely and sadly this describes most females today. What are they thinking! Well, according to Scripture their thoughts are disordered and they’re not thinking clearly.
You are thinking clearly, dearest Hannah. You have chosen the pathway to modesty!
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