Modesty – It Matters: Immodesty
Posted by Pastor Szekely on May 6, 2008
[This is post #2 of 3 – please click here to begin at post #1 on “Modesty – It Matters”]
Before the fall, man and woman were both naked and they lived that way without any shame: Gen 2:25, “And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.” But after their fall into sin, it was a different story: Gen 3:21, “Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.” God “clothed them” with “coats of skin”. Coat – means to cover, and God covered up their nakedness! Right here, at the fall of mankind into sin, God gives to us a good pattern for modesty!
What’s the reason for modesty? When mankind fell into sin, the heart became darkened and wicked. The prophet Jeremiah wrote, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” And God replied, “I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.” God knows better than we of how wicked our heart can be! And so because of sin, man knew that he was naked, he then knew what it was like to know shame, and he became immodest. This means that he became unchaste, lewd, impure, and obscene.
Before the fall = innocence and purity, but after the fall = obscenity and impurity!
So a real reason for modesty is that it curbs immodest behavior that increases sin! Immodesty increases sin [see Prov 23:27-28], but modesty curbs lewdness, impure and obscene thoughts, and an unchastely behavior.
We need to be modest:
–In the way we act – not boastful and excessive, but restrained by remembering “Who owns us” [Phil 4:5, “Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.”]
–In the way we think – immodesty and the filthiness of sin ought to make us blush, and it ought to be embarrassing.
—in the way we look – “What in the world do we wear, and how do we wear what we wear”?
Now the Bible gives to us a clear contrast between modesty and immodesty, or modesty and “the strange woman” / the immodest woman. Proverbs 7:1-21 gives us a good description of immodesty.
Briefly through this text, the Bible says that this ‘strange woman’ / this immoral and immodest woman is different in attire, or in the way she looks – vs10: “And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot…” She has the “attire of an harlot”: skimpy, tight, suggestive…clothing that would draw attention to herself in an intimate way! But a modest woman would be clothed in such a way so as to NOT draw undue attention to herself in an intimate way.
She is also different in attitude, or in the way she thinks – vs10b-11: “…and subtil of heart. She is loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house”. She’s sly, and her loudness and stubbornness reveal her attitude, or the way she thinks – disobediently and rebelliously! Her face shows an attitude of being shameless – vs13: “So she caught him, and kissed him, and with an impudent face said unto him”. A modest woman is adorned with a “meek and quiet spirit”: her temper is calm; she’s content; she has a heart free from lust, pride, envy, and irritability.
She is also different in approach, or in the way she acts – [read through Prov 7:11-21]. She has a strategy (vs12-13) and a speech (vs14-21) to cause the soul to sin. This IS NOT a modest woman! (Remember: Immodesty means unchaste, lewd, impure, obscene)
*So then MODESTY means: orderly and decorous; well-mannered and respectable; of good behavior.
Seeing the contrast of immodesty and modesty in Proverbs 7, and knowing this, is very important when we ask “how to be” modest and when we set out to be modest! God introduced modesty in the Garden. Adam and Eve weren’t ashamed before the fall: they were orderly; decorous. But because of their fall into sin, immodesty was also introduced, and God had to make provision for their modesty. That’s the way He wanted them to be – modest!
Again, it’s more important to know why we wear what we wear…Because if we know why, then we’ll know what to wear!
Next and final post on Modesty: The NEED for Modesty…coming soon!