Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Comprehensive view of modesty in the church

Douglas Wilson has written an exceptionally comprehensive and well-reasoned appeal for femine modesty in the church (HT: SmartChristian). The essay goes beyond clothing to the heart of the matter of modesty and immodesty. Here's a sample:
We clearly have a need for reformation—doctrinal and practical infidelity on the part of God’s people is described throughout Scripture as adultery. And immodesty in Scripture is characterized as an invitation to adultery. So whenever a woman dresses in an immodest fashion, she is making a statement (although perhaps unintended) about the condition of the evangelical church today. Her statement is a public one—and not measured by what she says her intentions are—and that statement is I am easy. So the reason we have so much immodesty in Christian women today is that they are the Church in miniature. Too many women look cheap and easy because the Christian Church looks cheap and easy.

But we have to be careful not to fight with infidelity. Whenever a true problem appears in the Church, a natural response is for some to fight that problem "on God’s behalf," but the fight is offered according to the dictates of carnal wisdom. In other words, we fight with traditional values instead of with holy Scripture. And the reason we do not use Scripture is that God’s Word condemns more than just immodesty—it also condemns many of "our little virtues." But pietism always drags impiety after it. In short, we have to fight immodesty in a scriptural way, and not by means of Victorianism.
The essay, "An Apology for Christian Essay," reflects astute observation and clear thinking on a subject the church needs to be addressing.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, great article. I was just visiting a church the other day, thinking, "I wonder if they ever talk about modest dress here? It doesn't look like it." Sadly, this is the case with most of the places I've been recently. We have accepted the standards of the world.

11:14 AM, July 06, 2006  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Too true, anon. Thanks for your input.

12:28 PM, July 10, 2006  

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