We live in a very sexualized culture; we hear advertisers say things like, “sex sells.” They’re right in saying sex sells but the consequences of advertising sex so freely can be detrimental to society. But why is that? Why shouldn’t we advertise sex? If it’s selling and it’s what people want to see, isn’t it a good thing? The answer is no. Sex is a great thing, our bodies are beautiful and we should treat both our bodies and sex with respect. Modesty is a really important part of life for both men and women.
Lust is one of the seven deadly sins. Unlike other sins, lust is a sin against ourselves. Scripture tells us that sexual sins are sins against our own bodies. How can we avoid this sin? By each of us taking responsibility for ourselves.
It is the duty of each individual to be modest for the sake of their brothers and sisters. Because of our fallen human nature, many of us lust at seeing an attractive person. Add immodest dress and sexualized behavior, and those feelings are magnified. Because Christ tells us to love our neighbor, we have a responsibility to one another to dress appropriately.
This sort of lifestyle choice isn’t just for women, men can dress immodestly as well. Guys who walk around with cut off shirts or run with no shirts on at all, could be turning the hearts of their sisters to lust. Modesty is about protecting the temple of the Holy Spirit. We have to know our bodies are beautiful and perfect. Sex is beautiful and perfect. But there is a proper time and a proper place to reveal the body. I would encourage all of us to strongly consider growing in modesty through faith.
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