Importance of Christian modesty

A great deal of the student body went crazy when Oklahoma Christian University banned wearing leggings as pants. However,  this isn’t just another yoga pants rant; this is a deeper look into why I think this is a great rule on campus.

Christians struggle with sin like everyone else, whether it’s with greed, hate and in this case, lust. The Bible is very clear about lust, labeling it as adultery.

“But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart,” Matthew 5:28.

Many of us have read this verse at some point, but we always point at the men and tell them not to look at women lustfully. I agree with this, however there is something in this for women as well. The verse says “adultery with her,” not “to her,” implying that the woman is involved in the act of lust. Why do women wear clothes that cause their brothers in Christ to stumble? Women might not think about it, but lust is the hardest sin to shake for many men. Every time women wear clothes that reveal curves or too much skin, they should consider how difficult it is for men to not look.

Women should dress in a way that is a reflection of their character. Why would a woman want men to look at her in a way that belittles her? It is degrading to the woman and causes men to think of her as an object instead of a person. Ladies, have respect for yourselves and for your future husbands.

Men, we’re not off the hook either. It’s easy to think about lust as a dominantly male struggle, but many women struggle with it as well. If anyone hears that what they’re wearing is causing someone to stumble, then it shouldn’t be worn again. It’s easy for me to point out what women are doing that causes me to stumble, but it is not a one -way street.

I appreciate those of you who respect yourselves enough to dress in a way that doesn’t cause me, or your other brothers, to stumble. Keep living your life for Christ and building others up. Strive to be Proverbs 31 women.

 

Caleb Henry is a junior at Oklahoma Christian University

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