Immodest Christians: Lipstick on a Pig

forever-21 clothingDid you know that Forever 21 is a Christian clothing company? I didn’t. This company is owned by Christians from Korea. They stamp John 3:16 on their shopping bags as a “demonstration of … faith.” [Source: CNN.] Yet Forever 21 sells immodest clothing to teens: short shorts and dresses, tank tops, mini-skirts, and other worldly items. The ‘Christian’ label and Bible verse are like lipstick on a pig!

God told the Jews that pigs are unclean and unfit for human consumption (Leviticus 11:7, Deuteronomy 14:8). The lowest the prodigal son could stoop was feeding slop to pigs and wanting their food (Luke 15:15-16). Backsliders are compared to pigs (2 Peter 2:22). And when the demons fled a Gadarene demoniac, they asked Jesus if they could enter a herd of swine (Matthew 8:30-31). How appropriate!

Girls and women are not merchandise or meat for male consumption. They are human beings. Yet many Christian women today dress like pigs. The ‘Christian’ label they give themselves in public is really just lipstick on a pig. They had better check their salvation and repent.

Every time I attend church on Sunday, a Southern Baptist one, all I notice are what people are wearing. Summer is always the worst time of year. The girls and women usually wear mini-skirts or dresses that come above the knee. On top, they usually wear no sleeves. I often see cleavage. The clothing is tight too. Some also wear lots of makeup and jewelry. Female choir members aren’t much better! Usually only the older women are modest.

Okay, so I’m preaching to the choir. Somebody has to.

However, the boys and men usually wear short-sleeved shirts and knee-length shorts or slacks. Some wear long-sleeved shirts, regardless of the weather. Their clothes aren’t tight and close-fitting. I rarely see too much skin on men. They don’t wear makeup (they don’t need it) or lots of jewelry either. If men dressed like most women on Sunday morning, I am confident there would be an outcry. I wish men would, just once, to get the congregation’s attention! I thought the Southern Baptist Convention was better than this. I guess I was wrong.

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Jackson’s Run

Summer Christian premieres and award shows are just as bad. The men cover up. The women display everything – cleavage, tight-fitting clothes, and bare arms, legs, and thighs. Click here to see images from the “Jackson’s Run” (2013) premiere. This event took place three days ago in southern Indiana, part of the ‘Christian’ Midwest. I can’t look at most images. They’re too ugly.

I’m a single young woman, not a piece of meat. On summer days I shop and dress like a person, not a pig. Sometimes I wear short-sleeved shirts and slacks. Other times, I wear ankle-length dresses or skirts. I wear light makeup and no jewelry. I never show cleavage. However, I am not a prude or a member of a cult. I just don’t want to give men impure ‘ideas’ about me.

Of course, pure men would never notice anyway. This is where I part ways with many Christians. Women are told that men are designed by God to ‘look.’ It’s a lie! Aren’t women also designed to look? Why else would companies like Abercrombie and Fitch display bare-chested male models in their storefronts? Besides, when people ask a typical man what a woman is wearing, the men usually don’t remember. It’s the women who remember.

Men are constantly reminded of passages in Job and Matthew about not lusting over women.

“I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?”  (Job 31:1)
“Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.” (Matthew 5:27-28)

adam eve edenWhat about women? Eve saw that the tree of the knowledge of good and evil was “pleasant to the eyes” (Genesis 3:6). Satan appealed to her gaze. He knew that the heart follows the eyes.

God tells men and women to guard their eyes and avoid lust. He tells us to gaze, with the “eyes” of our minds and hearts, on what is pure and lovely, not what is evil (Philippians 4:8). “The lust of the eyes … is not of the Father but is of the world” (1 John 2:17, NKJV). Purity of the eyes is possible in men, just as in women! Those men who claim they’re Christians but often look at other women are really carnal. They should check their salvation and repent.

Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in his wonderful face
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of his glory and grace – Helen Lemmel (1922)

Conclusion

The first catalyst for change is Christian conversion – a new heart and spirit. The second is Christian holiness – full submission to the Holy Spirit. Authentic spiritual transformation requires seeing oneself as a human being made in the image of God (imago dei). Those who dress like pigs must see themselves that way spiritually. In their hearts, sinners are like beasts (Ecclesiastes 3:18). If people want to change, they must learn to see themselves as humans and dress accordingly.

We must offer our bodies to Jesus Christ as living sacrifices (Romans 12:1). This is our spiritual act of worship. But we can’t worship God if we still feel like beasts spiritually. We can’t worship God if we’re immodest, dressed like pigs rather than humans.

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