Our Modest Matron for today is Alicia.
I am a Christian and attend an Assembly of God church.
I am married to a godly husband, Marty, and we have been blessed with 3 wonderful children. I am a home schooling mom that owns a small business.
How long have you been dressing modestly?
I have been wearing modest apparel since the year 2000. I grew up in a Christian home and my parents gave me a wonderful foundation in the Lord. My family did not dress this way in my youth. However, we all do since discovering the truth about God’s dress code.
Can you share a little about your journey to modest dress?
I have experienced the deeper things of God in my walk with Him in adulthood. Through prayer and a willingness to seek His will for my life, my eyes have been opened to many things including the way my family dresses. I threw out all mini skirts, tight skirts, tight dresses, pants, shorts, overalls, and pajamas because they did not meet God’s standards for a woman’s dress. Of course there are many that do not understand the way I live, but my life is about pleasing Him in all I say and do.
Deuteronomy 22:5 states, “That woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the Lord thy God.” Many people cast this scripture aside because it is in the Old Testament; however, we are still under the moral law of the Old Testament. How we dress and how it effects others is a moral issue. Abomination is a strong word that you will also read in the Bible in reference to certain sexual sins that you would never consider doing. I for one do not want to commit an abomination in the eyes of my Lord.
I came across this article while preparing for the interview:
“In Biblical days, women did not wear crotched garments. Pants have a crotch. Men in the Bible days wore crotched garments. Not only that, women in any society did not wear pants until close to the middle of this century. Pants are called britches in the Bible, and britches were worn exclusively by men for the first 5,950 years of human existence (which means up until about fifty years ago). Even the garments worn by men and women in the Bible days were different. The woman wore a long flowing robe, and men wore a shorter tighter robe. Underneath a woman’s robe would be nothing. Underneath the man’s robe would be a pair of short pants that would go down to the knees. Whenever a man would have to do some type of labor, such as to team up an ox, pull a trailer or dig a hole, he would pull up his skirt and tuck it in his pants that were under his skirt, and that was called in the Bible “girding up your loins.”” (The BIBLE’S DRESS CODE www.momof9splace.com/sermon.html) Want Biblical Proof? “In the Greek the word modest is the word katastolh or (katastole), and it means a long flowing garment. Remember I said that in the Bible days men wore a short tight skirt and women wore a long and flowing robe. That was a katastole. The Bible in I Timothy 2:9 tells women to adorn themselves in a long flowing garment, not a short tight garment.” (The BIBLE’S DRESS CODE www.momof9splace.com/sermon.html)
Even though pants can qualify as long, they are not flowing and draw attention to a woman’s figure; just like a tight skirt can. Only long, flowing garments such as dresses and skirts that are long and flowing qualify as katastoles. I am sure that you have heard it said many times that men are visual creatures. It is true. They are stimulated by sight. That is why that most pornography is purchased by men. Do we Christian woman want a man to fall due to the apparel we choose. Paul, through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, wrote about Christian attire: “that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with braided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; but (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works. My Full Life Study Bible goes on to explain this scripture in further detail:
2:9 WOMEN…IN MODEST APPAREL, WITH SHAMEFACEDNESS
It is God’s will that Christian women be committed to dressing modestly and discreetly. (1) The word “shamefacedness” (Gk. aidos) implies a certain shame in exposing the body. It involves a refusal to dress in such a way as to draw attention to the body and to pass the boundaries of proper reserve. The source of modesty is in a person’s heart or inner character. In other words, modesty is the outward manifestation of an inward chastity and purity.
(2) Dressing in an immodest manner that may excite impure desires in others is as wrong as the immoral desire it provokes. No activity or condition justifies the wearing of immodest apparel that exposes the body in such a way as to cause immoral desire or lust in someone else (cf. Gal. 5:13; Eph. 4:27; Tit. 2:11-12; Mat. 5:28)
(3) It is a sad commentary on any church when the Biblical standard for modest dress is ignored and the world’s customs are passively adopted. In a day of sexual permissiveness, the church should act and dress differently from a corrupt society that casts asides and ridicules the Holy Spirit’s desire for modesty and purity (cf. Rom. 12:1-2).
2:9 BRAIDED HAIR, OR GOLD.
This possibly means the braiding of hair with gold or other articles of luxury.” (KJV Full Life Study Bible, pg. 1905)
We need to ask ourselves: What does my dress tell others about me? Does it draw attention to me or does it bring glory to God. We should not be swayed by the things of this world and what has become accepted by man. We should keep in mind these 4 Biblical rules for the way in which we should dress:
1.) Does it pertain to man?
2.) Is it with modesty?
3.) Is it with shamefacedness?
4.) Is it with sobriety (moderation)?
*When in doubt, throw it out!
“What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (I Corinthians 6:19-20)