Opinion | Sexuality

Modesty: Still Missing from the Church

If our motivation is to look attractive at any cost with no consideration for others, there is a heart issue to confront.

"Why does she have on those hooker shoes?" That's how one of my godmothers began our phone conversation Monday morning. She was disheartened by a woman's church attire, and that was just one of her examples. I shared my observations concerning the responsibility of modesty and its challenges for both men and women.

My cultural background advises me to put on my "Sunday Best" when I enter God's sanctuary, where my physical presentation to God speaks volumes about how I reverence him. If I don't say anything about my spiritual condition, few people can confidently speak about what's going on in my heart. Yet they can observe my emotional and physical condition, either through my smile, physique, or radiant skin (which can reveal proper hydration, rest, and minimal stress).

Whether I like it or not, people draw assumptions about me based on my physical presentation. As a Christian woman, I do not want people drawing the wrong conclusions about my focus. I believe that modesty is a major issue ...

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