RESPECT YOURSELF TO BE RESPECTED BY OTHERS
In modern times, women have become used to present themselves through social media in a provocative manner, in order to attract attention. And among them, even professing Christian women
Photos in tight and short dresses, revealing the contour of their bodies or even part of their flesh, mostly breast and tights, or even just their faces; but done in a provocative manner, is seen everyday from women that are supposed to be followers of Jesus.
It is hard to describe “provocative manner” from a man to a woman, the same as it could be to describe that term from a woman to a man. People’s perceptions vary according to culture and sex, and what it may seem suggestive to some, it may be normal by others. But nevertheless, there are certain aspects of decency that are still universal in most of the planet.
In our Western culture, breast and naked tights are erogenous zones. Men discuss about the size of breasts, legs and backsides of women, as well as other parts of their bodies, according to preference. Some like them big, some small, but all enjoy a bared view of them, which awakes in them sexual desire.
Fashion designers are aware of this, and they design female clothing to “suggests” their view, and some even revealing part of them, to entice interest; but always keeping within sociable accepted standards within what is considered “decent” at the time. But the more depraved is a society, more nakedness is exposed.
Following this tendency, modern professing “Christian” women, guided either by deliberate malice or by natural instinct; have started to display pictures of them with really short cuts on their chest and their skirts; so that a significant part of their bodies are clearly visible. Others walk around with tight clothes that show the shape of their bodies in an almost totally naked fashion. And others, just wear short clothes, where most of their bodies are clearly exposed.
Even though women do all these things with an obvious intention of attracting male attention, which is naturally inbuilt in their womanhood, it is done beyond of what is expected.
Women see men showing signs of approval to their immorality, since it causes sexual arousal, even when they may not be aware of it; and guided by these reactions, they keep doing it.
What they ignore, is that men may approve their behaviour, but they consider them immoral and approve them as “sexual objects”, and not as human beings.
Thousand of men assists daily to adult houses, and strip parlours, and do it in a happy manner, spending thousand of dollars propelling the industry of Satan, without paying attention to the personal reality of each women they visit, and without realizing it, the money they spend helps to finance this evil industry.
They may speak nicely to their favourite courtesan, and flood her with presents and cash; and indeed, these women may feel appreciated, but that is a fallacy. In reality, no man wants to see their mother, wife or daughter as a courtesan or stripper. And certainly, they would not marry one. They only clap and give cheers of approval, to the sexual arousal each woman gives them, but they do not want to seal their lives with any of them. Only men who have lost all sensitivity to sin, and therefore all sense of honour and decency, a ready to settle with these courtesans, without worrying about the immorality of their actions.
Christian women who follow the path of flirting with this kind of behaviour in everyday life, they may not work as strippers or sex workers, but certainly are using the same method to attract male attention to a different degree, sexual arousal. They disgrace their Christian name and lead other human beings to sinfulness with this conduct; and will have to answer for it before God in this life and the next.
Women who follow this path, not only present themselves to the condemnation of society in general, but have destroyed their Christian testimony; and are shameful to decent men and women, and also are condemned by their own children, because even their offspring will feel ashamed of them when they arrive to age of sexual knowledge.
Some have argued in the past, saying that no one has the authority to determine what is “immoral”, since morality changes with the times. That is correct, but in Christianity, we do not judge morality according to social standards, but according to the Scripture. And the Bible gives clear guidance on perfect morality.
The Apostles, after calling men and women to practice modesty and simplicity, recalls the women of the Old Testament as examples of proper behaviour (1Peter 3:3-5). This was done by Peter, quoting Sarah, Abraham’s wife as example, who exited around 2500 years before his time, as an example to women of his day.
Many will argue this point, but one thing is certain, in our culture, exposing breasts, legs and backsides, it is considered NOT an act of modesty, but an act proper of lose women.
Christian women, you were redeemed by the Holy Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, and you were sealed with the Holy Spirit as God property. Act like it. Honour Christ with modest behaviour. You can still be feminine, and attract the opposite sex within proper modest conduct, because modesty does not cancel femineity.
The beauty of a woman is noted in her clean behaviour, her modest but attractive clothes that let a man imagine the beautiful shape inside them. And the security that gives by letting them know that she belongs only to one partner. This provokes respect and appreciation of men of good conduct. Men that are good to partner with.
But if you dishonour your person by exhibiting your body as meat in the market place, you will attract the attention of immoral men, men who are not good to be partnered with; and fall into the disapproval and disrespect of men of good standing, who will keep you away from the women that he truly love.
Christian woman remember that the Name of Jesus is worn around your shoulders. Do not be the cause of sinfulness for anyone. Do not be a destroyer of families. Do not make the Name of Jesus be blasphemed by your behaviour.
Because we all will be judged according to our actions, sooner than later.
“Likewise, I want the women to adorn themselves with respectable apparel, with modesty, and with self-control, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, but with good deeds, as is proper for women who profess to worship God.”