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kardozo (Guest) (05/29/2009 14:48)
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Pastor Solomon - UK (Guest) (07/05/2009 23:12)
I have read the comments made so far and I can't help but notice that the main objective of this article is to awaken us to our committment to Christ in our appearance. And our representation of him in our world.
There are therefore two things I would therefore have us think on.
What we are or appear to be on the outside is a reflection of what is in our hearts.
And clothing is nothing to glory in or fuss about because it should be to us as christians, a reminder of what we lost.
We never needed them till the fall.
God Bless You all.
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kathy (Guest) (11/03/2009 07:38)
Should women whom are in a church worship team dress modesty?
If they don't dress in modesty,I often wonder how many men in the pews
are being distracted by the womens clothing.Are not able to concentrate
on the message being preached.
Jodi (Guest) (06/28/2010 20:00)
Although I agree that there is definitely clothing that is totally inappropriate, I have been told by men that it doesn't matter what I wear that it looks good. Sometimes men are just perverts, but sometimes it is the confidence you display that makes you appear sexy to a man, not a low cut top. Men are going to look at you no matter what. But does that mean I dress like a frump and walk with my shoulders hunched. No. But what I think this article helps with is to really focus on the motives for how we dress. We should not dress in a vain attempt to try to turn heads and attract attention. In that sense we need to take responsibility for our part in causing men to stumble. We need to do our best to honor God in all we do including how we dress and present ourselves, and be sure to do it with a right heart. The men gotta deal with their lustful glances in their own hearts.
Anna (Guest) (07/02/2010 22:32)
I recently led a similar discussion with some girls in our High School youth group at church. I have to say that Melody is right on in the scriptures that she uses and her interpretation of it. I agree with the comments that were made stating that our outward appearance is a reflection of our inward hearts and great care needs to be taken to be sure we are reflecting a life lived for Jesus. Another comment was made that some men will find a woman attractive (and thus lust after her) regardless of what she wears. I have found this to be true with some men but certainly not all, and for me the conclusion I came up with is this. I would be so grieved to know that I had caused a brother to sin simply by what I was wearing, so I am going to do my part to be blameless by dressing appropriately and pray/trust that the Lord does His part to work on the hearts of those men that have difficulties with lust. As Christians we have a responsibility, a command really, to love one another (Matthew 22:36-40). Paul later told the Corinthians that as followers of Christ, they were no longer in bondage to the law for free from it, further stating that they were "free" to do as they pleased (1 Cor. 6:12). But, and this is a huge point that often gets overlooked, Paul later states in his letter to the Corinthians, that their love for each other needs to be stronger than their desire for their own liberty and that if something they are doing is causing someone else to stumble that it needs not to be done (1 Cor. 8:9). Referring back to Jesus' command to us that we love one another, it can't be argued with these scriptures that we do in fact have responsibility as Christian women to rightly represent Christ to others as well as do our part to guard our brothers. This is not to say that men don't also have responsibility as well. But as a woman, my concern is in what I can do and not what I think others should be doing so I don't have to. In closing, I love that Melody used Romans 12:1,2 in this article. So often, without even realizing it, Christians look too much like the world. We are called to be sanctified, which literally means to be set apart. We need to be able to make a bold declaration for the Lord by being set apart from those who don't know Him; to be transformed by the Lord, not conformed to the world. I am so thankful to the Lord that sanctification is a process (Philippians 1:1-8). That we are daily learning and growing in the Lord. Every year I look back amazed at how much I have grown in the Lord and excited to see what new areas He will work on in me in the years to come. I encourage all women to be in prayer over this topic (James 1:5-8). He will reveal different things to different people but He has one common purpose for us all and that is to bring glory to His name through us. Be blessed and may the Lord work mighty things through you all.
Julie O (Guest) (11/17/2010 14:59)
I personally started wearing makeup in 7th grade and quickly became a makeup queen by 9th grade and still am one... I'm 43. I have never worn makeup because I wanted to, infact I hate wearing it. But... I was born with the not so pretty face and from the time I was small, everyone including my mother let me know I was no very pretty. Kids were horrible at school, the rejection was enormous. So my face became my daily canvas, and still is. It was so much easier to have kids make fun of a mask than the real thing and as a adult, I still get "are you feeling ok?" when I don't have any makeup on so I think I will always be a slave to this horribly, man-made substance that I feel I must put on to be accepted ESPECIALLY at church were women tend to be more prideful than even the grocery store! No changing churches has not been the answer to that one, every church suffers from this same sickness that Melody is describing. We have bought the lie from the enemy that we as women need makeup to be truly beautiful. Please Lord, either strike me beautiful or make my fellow man blind to my bland features that scream ugly at me in the mirror every day.
Blessings to you all and Melody for being brave enough to tackle this subject!
Naomi M (Guest) (01/14/2011 14:39)
I really like Melody's article. I lost my job and I found that I wasnt the person I thought I was. I didnt have the kudos and respect from a good job. The choices I used to make in what I bought with money I couldnt make any more. But the L-rd showed me that what I still had was morality in the way I lived my life on a day to day basis. I found inspiration in a jewish approach to the scriptures. I make sure my skirts are at least 4 inches below my knees, I dont wear slits in my skirts and I dont wear tops that show any part of my breasts. If I wear trousers, I make sure my bottom is covered and I look like a woman. I scoured charity shops and I found skirts that were acceptable for very little money. I have felt totally empowered in choosing to cover my body in a way that proclaims my life choice to follow G-d and glorify him. Amidst the humiliation of losing my job and my life style I felt as if I had become a princess! Now I have my old job back again and I have been given a lovely fiance who values me for the woman I became during that period. I thank
G-d for opening my eyes to the freedom that lies in him.
patricia (Guest) (07/27/2011 14:41)
I am in wholehearted support of this article. I just have to comment on the posting by Krissy that is so obviously influenced by feminism. Nowhere did Melody say or imply that men are free to rape and blame it on a woman if she is immodestly dressed. I do agree with Krissy's point about the men and Melody addresses that. I had a pastor once who came to church dressed in the sexist GQ clothing and smelling of the most aphrodisac aftershave; another fellow wore tight pants and an open collar the revealed his chest hiar. This behaviour was coming from their wounded sense of masculinity, shame and a surface understanding of what true manhood is about; they thought it was about being a stud muffin. However, the ladies who did not know what the real roots of the problem were, were wrongly drawn to these men. They were evrery bit a stumbling block to the women who had unhealed wounds and weaeknesses in thier lives as any immodestly dressed woman was to the men.
The focus of this article is on our responsiblity to act in considerate grace and merciful responsiblty by being aware of the struggles we all share with the flesh. Feminists want to pretend there is no differences other than plumbing between genders. A woman who is dressing in such a way as to display her sexual parts, ie, plunging neckline showing her breasts or tight pants and tops that accentuate the contours of her bust, crotch and buttucks is dressing in a way that creates sexual arousal, which is the whole point of tight jeans and low neckliines, is it not? We are instructed in scripture not to defraud one another, which includes drawing someone to want something they cannot righteously pursue. The husband whose wife wore a barely there summer dress liked the dress precisely because it created sexual arousal when he was able to view her exposed curves; a man who wants his wife to appear in public this way is putting his wife on display in an unrighteous way and failing to protect her purity and honor. Hardly an honor! If he wanted her to wear it in the privacy of their boudoir as part of their lovemaking that's fine but inviting other men to view her almost nakedness in a way meant only for him is inviting them to lust after another man's wife and exposing her to scrutiny. The argument about being hit on even when dressed in the husband's baggy track clothing is no argument for such wordly silliness. The fact is, if you are out from under cover, ie, not submitted to Gods order, or there are any other spiritual boundary breaches in your life, ie, unhealed sexual abuse, you could dress in a paper sack and still have trouble with improper advances. I've seen women with the demeeanor of an uptight librarian and similar dress, who seem to attract every perv on the block and in each case, the woman in question had some undealt with sexual abuse issues that created wounds and reactions in her life that cause her to be unwittingly in agreement with a wrong spirit! Spiritual ignorance doesn't justify sin and worldiness. Scripture says that the enemy goes about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he MAY devoour; in other words he is looking for openings that will give him an inroad. Women, guard your honor and your purity! Even if up til now, you have been engaging in this sort of sin and self destruction, you can choose to close the door on such dangerous worldliess and choose the rewards of godliness instead.
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