With the popularity of low riders, belly shirts, navel piercings and other such fashion trends, we have to ask ourselves: Can Christians Be Sexy?
First, we have to consider what 'sexy' is and the implications of being considered 'sexy' in today's world. The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language defines it as follows:
|sex·y ( P ) Pronunciation Key (sks)
adj. sex·i·er, sex·i·est
Arousing or tending to arouse sexual desire – hmm, is this how we want to present ourselves? Maybe not. (And ladies, I apologize – but most of this posting will be for you. I know there is a double standard for men and women, but after we acknowledge that fact, we just have to figure out a way to deal with it.)
Here's the thing – so many sins can be traced back to the sexual – fornication, adultery, some forms of covetousness, lust – not to mention the potential addictive and destructive nature of sex. So do we want to dress or act in a way that appeals solely to the sexual desires of the members of the opposite sex? If only to help out our Christian brothers, I'd have to say – probably not.
I know it's tempting to want to be fashionable – as a recent news report revealed, it's harder to find shirts of normal length sometimes than belly shirts. And, yes, while you might be able to wear it, the question is not can you, but should you.
The Bible admonishes that women "…..adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefastness and sobriety; not with braided hair, and gold or pearls or costly raiment; but (which becometh women professing godliness) through good works. 1 Titus 2:9-10)" Clearly the emphasis here is for a women to be more modest than flashy and to 'display' her value through the good works with which she occupies herself. In other words, that it's not necessarily about what's on the outside, but what's on the inside.
I like my low riders as well as the next person, but I also realize that, as a Christian, I have to be a model for what is appropriate as a follower of Christ. And that is your duty as well – to model being a Christian – particularly for non-Christians. In this respect, you are a leader – however you dress, whatever you say and whatever you do will be interpreted in light of your professed Christianity. Fair? No. Realistic? Yes.
So – think about it the next time you pull out that color-coordinated, hot outfit that you plan to wear on that next outing with your girlfriends. Get dressed and take a good long look in the mirror. And think to yourself – what are my clothes saying about me? What will people think when they see me? Is this how I see myself?
The choice is up to you, but I humbly suggest that you seriously consider the above questions and make the best decision possible about what you are about to wear. And that's all any of us can do….