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Modest Is Not About Gender

Webster defines modesty as propriety in dress, speech and conduct.

Modesty is about Christian character and how it affects the conduct of every Christian. In laymen's terms, modesty is about drawing undue attention to one's self by dress, speech or conduct.

Several decades ago, a man came to Eastside to "try out," as was the custom in those days. He was NOT hired because of his immodesty. He was completely clothed; however, he could not preach because of his almost continual attention to every detail of his appearance. After making a point, it seemed necessary reposition the gold cuff-linked sleeves. He completely distracted the audience and failed to edify the listeners. (Philippians 1:27)

This week I was leaving a local store when I saw a very immodest woman coming in as I was leaving. She was completely clothed, however her hair was "burnt orange," as big as a laundry basket, and she was attracting a great deal of notice. There were a number of guys and gals inside Walmart that day who were immodest because of their failure dress properly. (2 Peter 2:7)

Christians, before you leave home—Stop—Consider—Look in the mirror—are those who
see me going to see me as an Ambassador of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20)?

Think—about your conduct (2 Peter 3:11). Remember that every Christian "represents" Christ, as Paul illustrated in 2 Cor. 5:20. Look carefully at the passage—Christ is making an appeal through us.

If you begin to look through your photos, (prints or Facebook), do the images you see make an appeal as an "Ambassador of Christ".

I have recently heard about "planking"&mdlaying out prone, very straight, stiff and motionless—in a public place like on a sidewalk. You can decide if this is suitable behavior for an "Ambassador of Christ."

It is very difficult to see how any of these examples would be what Paul is speaking about in 2 Corinthians 5:20—"Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God." We are to make the same appeal as Christ did, using the same "good news" that he used, and He never held back although most rejected Him. The appeal we must make is to be "reconciled to God" on behalf of Christ.

We must all use God's word as our guide to assure that we are living a life of Modesty. Speech, dress, and conduct all go together to demonstrate our proper lifestyle. "Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity." (Colossians 4:5)