1.having or showing a moderate or humble estimate of one’s merits, importance, etc.; free from vanity,egotism, boastfulness, or great pretensions.
2.free from ostentation or showy extravagance: a modest house.
3.having or showing regard for the decencies of behavior, speech, dress, etc.; decent: a modest neckline on a dress.
4.limited or moderate in amount, extent, etc.: a modest increase in salary.
The term modesty is often used in relation with clothing, but I see modesty must permeate the fabric of our lives, such as in our daily actions. Nonetheless, I will discuss my views for why modest apparel and appearance needs to resurrect. I can only speak from the female perspective and based upon my experiences, but modesty applies to both males and females. However, before I continue, I must stress that outwardly, we can dress modestly, but if our hearts are not perfect before the Lord, then it is in vain. Therefore, I believe we have to start with seeking God, fall in love with him, and allow him to change us from the inside out.
The six following reasons are why I believe we need to bring modesty back:
- Break the chains of low self-esteem– We are bombarded with famous people who show their bodies and encourage their followers to do the same. Through observation we see and hear men gawk over females that show their assets and it may make us feel like we are not pretty or special if we are not doing the same. It is a common belief that dangling the bait (showing skin) is how to catch a man, but what kind of man is he? We need modesty to restore our levels of self-esteem and beliefs that we are valuable and beautiful without being revealing.
- Keep people from selling out– Some girls, such as church girls have seen “godly” men date or marry women who show what the Lord gave them while they remain single. The first thought is, “What’s wrong with me?” We may consider maybe I should do the same in the name of love. We need modesty to maintain our values and hold to the foundations that were laid for us as daughters of royalty.
- Restore our identity as children of God– We need to bring modesty back because we represent Jesus Christ. Our bodies is his dwelling place, therefore our appearance should bring glory to him. The opposite of modesty is vanity (pride). The Lord resists the proud and gives grace to the humble.
- Restore our original value– We are of a high value in the sight of God. I do not believe he made us to give our bodies away and to show them to the world. Nakedness was no big deal until Adam and Eve sinned. The Lord had to make coats of skin for them so they could be covered. I guess the fig leaves were not enough.
- Restore the view of modesty-Modesty has received a bad rep. When you hear modesty most people associate terms such as boring, dull, homely, or ugly with it. However, modesty does not mean you cannot be fashionable or rock color. Modesty is beautiful, tactful, poised, and graceful. People need to see that you can be gorgeous without going overboard in clothing, make-up, hair, or accessories.
- Keep our brothers from falling into temptation– I have heard people say that it does not matter what one wears because men can look at women lustfully covered. Although that may be true, I will not accept it as an excuse to dress immodestly. We have no control over others actions, but we can control our own. Regardless of how saved our brothers in Christ are they are still in a fleshly body and if we are dressing purposely to catch their eye to desire us, then God cannot be glorified in that.
Source: Modest. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/modest