In today’s video, Missy and I discuss a topic that never fails to be controversial: Modesty in dress. The Bible, in 1st Timothy 2:9-10, commands it. Paul wrote, “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; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.”
With seven daughters, we take this matter seriously. That’s why, in an effort to lead by example, I have vowed to never wear miniskirts, strapless evening gowns, or gownless evening straps.
I’m not talking legalism here – I’m addressing this from the perspective of a red-blooded American male: What passes for young women’s fashion today is looking increasingly like the employee uniforms at a whorehouse. The current trends of skin-tight and/or skin-baring styles serve only to objectify women and titillate men. Even more disturbing is the fact that this type of clothing is being aimed at younger and younger girls. For example, a few years ago Abercrombie & Fitch released a line of thong underwear marketed toward girls as young as 10 years old.
Do you not find this sick?
The exploitative commodification of women and the sexualization of children are symptoms of a culture that has not only coarsened but has become downright gangrenous.
We have always tried to communicate these truths to our daughters, but as Missy explains in today’s video, one of them surprised us by taking a bold personal stand on the issue.
Of course, the mainstream media/fashion industry/Hollywood entertainment complex foments these trends without compunction. Sex, as we all know, sells.
Any Christian husband and/or dad with a daughter needs to know that he is not loving the ladies in his family if he permits, or is passive about, provocative apparel. It’s time to man up, gents. Your wife and daughter are precious in the eyes of God – let’s never allow them to be cheapened in the eyes of men.