Cover-Ups and Crimes
“All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything. (1 Corinthians 6:12 ESV)
There have been quite a few popular posts the past few weeks with regards to how Christian women ought to dress. As a woman and mother to two young ladies, I’ve read the various articles and the colorful comments that accompany them. It’s appears to be a very sensitive topic!
Funny how each side is presenting their cases filled with scripture. But we can do that, can’t we? We can pull verses from the Old and New Testaments to back up almost any debate! But, here’s where I stand on things.
I think we can easily uncover the truth by getting to the heart. The heart is where everything starts. Why would a godly person want to show off their sexuality to anyone other than his or her spouse? Why would a godly person make a point of staring at exposed parts of others? Married or singles, men or women, we all need to get our hearts right with God.
It’s not about do’s and don’ts. It’s about loving Jesus and those around us to the point that we crucify our own selfish desires. Because if we are true disciples of Christ, we will live our lives in a manner that protects our minds and bodies as well as those around us; we will be careful that the freedoms we enjoy in Christ do not become a stumbling block for others. It would be a crime to do any less.
Father, in Genesis, sin opened Adam and Eve’s eyes to their naked state. It was a natural shame that they desired to cover. Forgive us for being so self-centered and for cheapening the freedoms that we have through Your grace. Forgive us for justifying what we wear or where our eyes and minds roam. Help us to act and dress in ways that glorify you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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