We went to do a bit of grocery shopping few days ago as a family when I saw something that has become somewhat normal in today’s society. I saw a lady in the supermarket with no underwear. You might be wondering how I knew. That is exactly my point. It was so obvious that there was no second guessing. As I watched her walking about with her friend, my heart ached. It ached because at her age, there is some girl somewhere looking up to her. That little cousin, niece, neighbour, friend’s daughter, is seeing her as an example of how to dress as an adult.
Of late I have been thinking about this topic a lot. The spirit of lust is eating deep into our society. Nudity has become the new way of celebrating beauty. Pregnancy announcements, engagement photos, wedding photos, normal outfits, everything to be honest seems to be leaning towards this direction. Makeup shades are being named erotic. Cleavages are flying around every where we turn our eyes. Don’t even get me started with TV and billboards.
There is a spirit behind this. It’s a spirit that blinds the judgement of those under her influence. It’s a spirit that gives a false interpretation of beauty. This spirit is powerful and it can be difficult to get out of without the help of the Holy Spirit. This spirit tells people that their bodies are commodities. This spirit tells people that their bodies should be appetizing to others.
We often refer to pornography as something we have to go search for. Well it used to be. Not now. The world has gone crazy. I see kids going to school looking almost naked. My heart aches with pain. Beauty has been narrowed down to how much of your body parts you are bold enough to reveal. I have heard people say it’s OK to show a bit of skin. And when they say this, you know what they mean.
Don’t get me wrong, I am all for looking good. Yes, I am that mum who loves her jeans, high heels and red lip sticks. I love to look good. However looking good has nothing to do with looking naked. Of course people are free to do what they want to do. But those who know the right thing to do have to do better.
When growing up as a young boy or girl, you are taught to cover up your private parts. This is the general teaching regardless of your religion. Once puberty kicks in, as a girl, you are told and taught to put on a bra and cover up appropriately. There is a reason why these parts of our bodies are called private parts and not public parts. They are private because they are to be covered and protected.
Nature teaches us to hide these parts of our bodies and there is a level of shame that we feel even as a growing child when these parts of our bodies are revealed to outsiders. This is the fact of life. However the devil has blindfolded people to make them not realise the truth. Many I believe know the truth but because they have decided to no longer listen to their conscience, their hearts has gone cold.
Nakedness is associated with shame. Remember Adam and Eve in the garden? How they felt shame when they realised they were naked? Also see Revelation 3:17, Nahum 3:5, Job 22:6; 1 Corinthians 4:11, Isaiah 47:1-3
To be naked also means to be void of truth. Ezek. 16:7.
This isn’t just for girls only. I feel whenever the topic of modesty comes up, our attention quickly shifts to girls only. Just as females shouldn’t be walking around naked, so also males. Guys aren’t the only ones that have eyes. Girls do too. And our eyes has a huge part to play in how we feel. Don’t be an agent of seduction. Yes you go to the gym, but please put some clothes on. Don’t wear an extra small sized shirt if you are a medium.
God didn’t make a mistake by making us the way He did. We are to honour Him with our bodies.
Please let’s not allow the spirit of lust control us. Wearing a fabric that has a colour that gives an illusion of nakedness when worn isn’t right. Why would anyone want others to think he/she is naked when clothed?
The challenge with this is that even if we are able to control what we wear, we can’t control what others wear. So how do we avoid drifting?
Job said in Job 31:1, “I made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully at a young woman. We have to exercise self control. As Christians, we all have a mutual responsibility to guard our hearts. So also it is with our eyes. Don’t get comfortable with Delilah because you will soon find yourself lying on her laps. What do i mean by this? Don’t entertain lust and nudity. Look away. Control your thoughts. Stay accountable.
We are royalties (1 Peter 2:9). Royals don’t walk around naked because they don’t need that kind of attention. We are gods (Psalm 82:6). Let’s rise up to our position. Our identity isn’t in the amount of body parts we can reveal. Our identity is in Christ. Nakedness isn’t classy. It is trashy.