Skewed Ideas of Modesty?


This little gem popped into my Facebook news feed awhile back. It got my mind working a little bit, turned back to a topic I’ve written about before, in more length.

Here’s a thought… because, to today’s standards, this really would be considered a modest (and pretty, I think) outfit.
But… would it be, in Biblical times? I have been thinking how odd it is that we promote modesty with an envisioned, outward goal to attain and pin-point immodesty in others, when many of the commands that Believers use to advocate for modesty… were written at a time when heels didn’t plump a woman’s tush up, tops had long sleeves (that probably got rolled up for hard work!), and a woman’s head was veiled – all for modesty.

I also think it’s ironic that in Scripture, where nursing women and children were called into fellowship with great welcome (“Gather the people. Consecrate the congregation; assemble the elders; gather the children, even nursing infants. Let the bridegroom leave his room, and the bride her chamber.” ~Joel 2:16) and nursing in fellowship was never once called immodest – we now whisper about mother’s nursing without a cover even though you can’t see any breast (and even if you could… so what, it’s not a sexual organ… not any more than the ankle in this picture is), or outright confront her for doing what God called her to do- nurse her baby in the fellowship of others.

I wonder now if what we say is this mystical standard of modesty… is quite far from what the sages from Scripture were referring to. I wonder if our American church culture is quite backwards from what Scripture intends.

Not really poking at anyone, but rambling thoughts that have been floating around for awhile.

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