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It is quite common for a person to be immodestly dressed. However, Christians are to shun this practice in keeping with the Scriptures in 1 Timothy 2:9,10 -- "In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works." Compare also 1 Peter 3:3,4.

The word of God censures the wearing of gaudy or sensually appealing clothes. A person may be guilty of this by "overdressing" through pride or vanity.

It seems to be equally possible for people to be immodestly undressed. At the season when little boys are thinking of going barefooted, their older brothers and sisters frequently "out-strip" them by baring considerably more than a foot.

Some pretend that this virtual undressing is to make the summer heat more bearable. Whom do they fool? They are not fooling those who have been in tropical climates and have seen demonstrated the fact that the surest way to parch to a crisp is by ignoring the need for a protective layer of light clothing.

Then, too, this disrobing always begins in the spring long before the weather becomes unbearably warm.

The psychologist understands that the wearing of scant clothing is an expression of the yearning which so many have to be bold, daring and risqué. It is a sensual form of exhibitionism. There is no shred of modesty in it.

Time was when such talk pointed to the public swimming places. Now it includes the front lawn, sidewalks, and streets of every city and town.

About all that remains to be done by those who want to be more bold than the rest is complete nudity. How long will our laws against even that be enforced?

Chastity involves more than abstinence from adultery. It includes a modest avoidance of that which encourages adulterous thought.