Saturday, October 13, 2012

God Loves Beauty

As Christian women, what we wear must flow from an understanding that we are creatures who bear the image of our Creator who created beauty; that we are redeemed sinners living in a fallen world; and that we are servants who need to be ready to do the good works that God has prepared in advance for us to do. Modesty is an attitude of the heart that seeks to give glory to God, serve others, and put self to death. Its most visible expression is what we wear.

To wear inadequate clothing is to deny that you are a sinner and that you need a Saviour. Immodesty is actually a denial of the gospel, and it has no place in the life of a believer. Wearing inadequate clothing says that you don’t need God’s covering, that you don’t think you’re sinful, or that you are content in your sin. Calvin said that immodesty was an expression of despising the Master, “who intended clothing to be a sign of shame.”

Modest clothing is beautiful. While we each have slightly different perspectives on what is ugly, as Christian women we should try and dress in a way that is beautiful. Not elaborate or decadent or seductive, as I said, but beautiful.
Carolyn Mahaney says, “[B]ecause we are created in the image of our Creator, each of us has this propensity to make things beautiful. That means, when we decorate our homes, or plant a lovely flower garden, or seek to add some form of beauty to our surroundings, even when we attempt to enhance our personal appearance—we are actually imitating and delighting in the works of our Great Creator.”
God loves beauty. He created beauty. Christ is the One who is most beautiful, and dressing in ugly clothing denies this truth and dishonours the One who gave us the gift of beauty and creativity. As Christ’s children, we should be delighting in the beauty He gave us by enjoying colour, texture, creativity, skill, and even the beauty of figure and form that are all gifts from a benevolent Creator to His creatures. We should be an adornment to creation. We are the crown of creation but we can look like the dregs without trying.

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