It's an issue in our world and it's an issue in our church.
It's a subject that we can't ignore within the church because our calling as the sons and daughters of God in Christ is to reflect the holiness of Jesus in every aspect of our lives. That means out from our hearts, in which Christ takes residency, should flow holiness and godliness in our thinking, our speech, our actions, and all the way down the line to how we dress.
1 Corinthians 10:31
"whatever we do, whether eating or drinking, do it all to the glory of God."
WHATEVER WE DO… DO IT ALL FOR THE GLORY OF GOD.
I think, scripturally, we find that what we do outwardly is a huge window for people to see what we are inwardly.
In other words: the way we view ourselves inwardly will be reflected outwardly into the world through our actions (i.e. our modesty).
If I see myself of high worth, I will be protective of myself and my body. For example, my first car was an older, used SUV. It didn’t cost much money. It wasn’t the nicest car on the block. Therefore, I wasn’t extremely careful with it. I would speed. I would swerve in and out of traffic. I would go off road. (Advice: don’t ride with me.) But then, I traded that car in and got a new car. All of a sudden, I began to take such good care of it. I was driving safely. I kept it covered. I kept it clean. Why? Because it was of high worth.
Son or daughter of Christ, you are of high worth! Before Jesus, we were dead. We were dirty and used. But then Jesus came and gave us life. We became a new creation. We became a home to the Holy Spirit that dwells within us and works through us. Jesus is of highest worth, since He lives in us, do we not also become of high worth??? Of course! We have to protect ourselves and show outwardly what has happened inwardly. We are called to reflect the inward holiness through our outward actions.
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, they are a new creation: The old has gone, the new is here!”
2 Corinthians 5:17
As if that isn’t enough for us, there’s one more thing we need to think about. What we display is the same thing we will attract. If we display holiness and godliness, I’m going to attract holiness and godliness.
Is this to say that we need to be uncomfortably and obnoxiously covered? No. My only suggestion is to be prayerfully mindful. Think and pray. Is what I’m displaying going to reflect the inward change and holiness that Jesus has made happen in me? Is what I’m displaying going to attract what Jesus has called me to attract, not only in the opposite sex, but in friends and acquaintances as well?
As we are more mindful and more prayerful, the Holy Spirit will begin to convict us for our current display and construct within us a new blueprint for how we should begin to display ourselves.
The fact of the matter is that we cannot hold the world in one hand and Jesus in the other. Jesus doesn’t come to change us from bad to good. He comes to change us from dead to alive and make us like Himself; holy, godly, and pure. If we have no desire for the holy, godly, and pure… I think we need to ask ourselves if we have Jesus in the first place. Because most certainly, going from death to life in Christ brings with it a desire for holiness, godliness, and purity… Inside and out.
1 Peter 1:14-16 says, "So you must live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then. But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.”
Scripture does not say “become better than world, then you’re good.” It says, “become like Jesus.” With that in mind, the closing question we must ask ourselves is this: are my thoughts, my words, and my actions “holy as He is holy”?