The truth about modesty is that the Bible teaches it to be about much more than the clothes we wear. It’s about the body and the heart of MASHIACH we are representing. Open your Bible to the second chapter of Timothy and find the ninth verse. Here, it says, “the women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing” (Timothy 2:9).
The Book of Peter echoes these sentiments, teaching, “Do not let your adornment be merely outward — arranging the hair, wearing gold or putting on fine apparel — rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of YAHUAH” (1 Peter 3:3-4).
While the heart is the primary issue, the Bible also teaches that we are to be conscious of the shamefulness of public nakedness (i.e. being improperly or insufficiently clothed). YAHUAH’s standards of proper attire are demonstrated throughout the Scriptures from Genesis chapter three to YAHUSHAS’ own clothing. They teach clearly that attire matters, and modesty, both inward and outward, are an essential aspect of the Christian life.
What Does Modesty Mean for Christians?
If you turn on the television, go to the mall, or look at billboards as you drive down the highway, then you know our country has a serious problem with the way we dress. We live in a world that is very confused about how we should clothe ourselves. Sexually provocative is the way of the day, and the dress issue has become so problematic that it has reached the point where people are not even embarrassed about showing off their bodies. In fact, it is encouraged.
You have probably seen many commercials about dieting. The theme often is to lose enough weight so the woman will be able to wear a tiny bikini at the beach. She is not at all embarrassed about it. The prophet Jeremiah said the people of his day had lost the ability to blush: “Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? No! They were not at all ashamed; nor did they know how to blush” (Jeremiah 6:15). We live in a world like that. Our people have lost the ability to blush over the exposure of their bodies.