If you have been following my blog for a while, you will realise that i sometimes like to write on topics we often trend on carefully in the church. To be honest, this is one of the reasons why i blog. I was tired of reading and hearing believers not for or against anything. The spirit of political correctness has indeed invaded the body of Christ and it’s almost like it’s difficult to comment on anything without including a ‘safety’ caveat. I often tell people that we can’t be believers of Christ without studying His word. And personally i am not one to take what i hear. I take what the bible says. So this post like my other posts is going to be based on the word of God.
Should a christian wear a bikini?
Every time i have thought about this question (even before i was saved), my answer has never changed. But before i delve into this topic i would like us to see these scriptures.
Proverbs 11:22 “Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion.”
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”
Romans 12:1 “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.”
Romans 13:14-15 “Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.”
1 Corinthians 8:9 “Be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights does not become a stumbling block to the weak.”
In my post The Power of Nudity | The Spirit of Lust, i spoke about what it means to be naked and the spiritual implications of nudity. The argument many have with regards to wearing of bikinis is that it is in a different environment and as such is acceptable. However i have searched my bible to see if there is any place where it says we are allowed to ignore the concept of modesty. But i couldn’t find any bible verse. I have seen people who are so keen on the message of modesty but are very comfortable with putting pics of them wearing bikinis on holiday on social media.
“What is wrong with wearing bikinis?” You may ask.
I would like to begin answering this by asking “what made you buy that particular bikini?” Why didn’t you pick a different swim wear?
I Corinthians 8:9 talks about us not being stumbling blocks. This scripture is often used in church and it is correct. We shouldn’t be stumbling blocks to people in church. But if we look at this scripture and the others cited above carefully, we will realise that they don’t apply only in church meetings or just within the four walls of a church building. If showing a little bit of cleavage in church is deemed as being a stumbling block, what makes it then acceptable to do it in a public swimming pool or beach?
Is God only to be honoured in church buildings?
If we agree He is everywhere, then of course He sees us everywhere. Why do we care so much about not being stumbling blocks to those within the church but we don’t care about those outside? Does holiness not apply outside the church? We are the light of the world. Right? Isn’t our light supposed to shine in these locations too? Aren’t we supposed to be representatives of Christ in these places? Or have we forgotten that Jesus Christ cares about those souls the same way He does care about the once we see on Sundays?
“Your conviction is not my conviction”. “God looks at the heart”.
Two true statements i hear often but often used in wrong ways. Of course our convictions are different. However i struggle to understand how a believer (i don’t mean a new believer. I mean someone who claims to have known Jesus for a while and claims to be His true follower) is not convicted when exposing body parts. It beats my imagination. Or could it be that the convictions are no longer there because it’s been ignored for so long? Is like living in a very noisy environment. The longer you live there, the more you become desensitised to the noise. But visitors will notice the noise easily. Could it be that the Holy Spirit has been speaking and His voice has been silenced due to disobedience? Why are we comfortable in making someone who isn’t our husband see the most intimate parts of our bodies?
God looks at the heart. But our actions reflect the state of our heart; hence the bible tells us to guard our hearts.
I understand that guys can also be stumbling blocks but as they don’t wear bikinis, this post is for sisters. I also understand that we all need to guard our hearts and have self control. I am not in anyway blaming the lust on females alone. However we need to play our part. If we are for Christ, and we are disciples of Christ, we CANNOT behave exactly like the world. There is a reason why the early Christians were called Christians. It was because they acted like Christ.
During the London Olympics, there was a Muslim girl who refused to wear the conventional bikini to compete as a swimmer because it was against her faith. That news shock me to my core! Waooo! How many believers would do that. We find ways to justify gratification of the flesh. We twist scriptures to suit our fleshy desires. We are bent on not doing it the godly way because it isn’t cool anymore to be sold out to Christ. We dilute biblical standards of holiness so we can be accepted by the world. Have we not read it several times in the bible that we are not of the world? That we have been called out of darkness into God’s marvelous light? Don’t we know that we are not ours? That body we are displaying for people to see is supposed to be used to worship God?
I have realised that if we really want to honour God this way, we will find ways to go about this issue. There are modest swim wears sold everywhere. There are scarves you can tie around your waist instead of walking miles in the beach half naked.
Daniel proposed in his heart not to defile himself with the kings meal. As a result, he found a way to go about his decision. Decide you will be the few who honour God this way and find a way to go about your decision. If a mini skirt can be a source of distraction outside the beach, a bikini can do just that at the beach. God cares about everyone including the guys at the pool.
What are your take?