During this time of year, our Father blesses us with the
bright sun, and the beautiful flowers. He surrounds us with
pleasant temperatures and lovely foliage. The Beauties of
nature! But sadly, many pay Him back by exposing their
nakedness for the world to see. I sometimes see folks in the
community that are so underdressed it makes Me blush!
Isnít it a shame that when the trees begin to clothe
themselves, the people begin to unclothe themselves? Sadder
still, is that there are many children of God who are
ďundressingĒ for the world to see. I have, in times past, seen
members of the church dressed so skimpily out in public that
I feel like walking up to them and saying, ďThe next time
you leave the house, DONíT FORGET YOUR
I believe there are passages in the Bible which
reveal to us Godís attitude toward a lack of proper clothing.
The eyes of Adam and Eve were opened when they ate of the
forbidden fruit (Gen. 3). They realized they were naked (Vs.
7). We are also told in this verse that they made for
themselves attire from fig leaves. But even with the fig leaf
clothing, Adam still acknowledged that he was naked (vs.
10). The Hebrew language used indicates that the fig leaf
aprons covered much more than some of our modern
swimsuits. God agreed that they were naked! He made for
them coats of skin with which to clothe them (Gen. 3:21).
We have here a glimpse of Godís attitude toward proper
clothing. He wants folks to be properly clothed!
According to Gesenius, a leading Hebrew scholar,
the word tunic denotes something down to the knees. Iím
not trying to bind the Old Testament, but I do believe we get
an idea here about what Godís attitude is toward what
constitutes proper, modest attire; and His ideas donít
change! So, if you go out into public, donít let your
standard of dress be based upon what the world is wearing
(Rom. 12:1,2). Be different from a sinful, lust crazed world.
DONíT FORGET YOUR CLOTHES!!!
There are many passages which deal with modest
apparel found within the doctrine of Christ, the New
Testament! 1 Timothy 2:9 states, ďThat the women adorn
themselves in modest apparel.Ē It seems apparent that there
are some things which are not modest apparel or else Paul
would never have made this statement. ďAre the present day
gym suits, bathing suits and shorts and halters modest
apparel? If so, just how much more can be left off and the
dress still be modest? Remember, God was not pleased with
the fig leaf aprons Adam and Eve wore.Ē (Keykendall).
Jesus said, as recorded in Matthew 5:28, that
whoever looks on a woman to lust for her has sinned.
Women, is your apparel making men lust? You canít just
say that itís their problem because you are commanded to
wear modest apparel, and it is a sin to cause another to
stumble (1 Cor. 8:12,13; Matt. 18:6). Men must be
properly clothed as well. God made tunics of skin for Adam
as well as for Eve. In Galatians 5:19, Lasciviousness is
classed as a work of the flesh which will keep men out of the
kingdom of God. Webster, as well as Greek scholars, define
this word as, ďTending to produce lewd emotions.Ē Iím
certain that the skimpy dresses and bathing suits worn today
by the women, and the lack of upper dress and bathing suits
worn by men, are producing lewd emotions in someone.
Donít chance it! It is a work of the flesh and those
who practice such shall not inherit the kingdom of heaven!
So, ladies, please put on your clothes when you leave the
house, regardless of where youíre going or what you are
planning to do. Men, please put on your clothes when you
work out in the yard, or when you are going anywhere at all
in the public eye. All Christians, DONíT FORGET