The Monday feature of the Worldly Saints blog focuses on a story from the sports world – current or historic. The goal is one of the following: (1) either to recognize athletes who are using their sports and athletic abilities to further the kingdom of God or (2) to show how some athletes or teams are wasting their days by not giving God the glory or (3) to simply reflect on a story from the sports world from a Christian perspective.
Last week, Ayesha Curry, the wife of NBA Champion Stephen Curry, tweeted the following – “Everyone’s into barely wearing clothes these days huh? Not my style. I like to keep the good stuff covered up for the one who matters.”
Ayesha is a professing believer, who, as Kim C. Tate of Desiring God, wrote, “injected modesty — and salt and light — into the social stream.”
I understand that Ayesha is not an athlete, but she is certainly a member of the professional sports industry – being married to one of the premiere basketball players on the planet. And her comments are well worthy of attention for two reasons:
- She has a broad influence due to her spouse’s athletic accomplishments
- She is speaking truth.
Modesty is becoming more and more concerning issue and, yet, the church seems to be speaking less and less about it.
In the above referenced article entitled “Modesty Lets Your Light Shine” (dated December 11, 2015), Tate reminds all of us that modesty is a witness. It is a means by which we show Christ to people. Tate writes,
“Hardly anything shocks the conscience, except maybe a woman who holds to a godly standard of modesty.”
“That’s the nature of being salt and light. We show ourselves to be set apart — distinct. We are a walking testimony of a holy God who has also called us to be holy (1 Peter 1:15–16). Our clothing plays no small part. It’s often the first thing people notice, and it sends a message, just like our conversation and our attitude. Our clothing tells people what is important to us.
“Immodest clothing says, ‘Look at me. Focus on my body.’ But as believers, we live to point people to something more. We are witnesses to a lost and dying world in need of a magnificent, all-satisfying Savior. We want them to know of the saving power of Christ, and his ability to transform from the core. Clothing may seem a small matter, but if we name the name of Christ, the world around us is watching. When we embrace a standard that is not of this world — or tweet about it — it shines.”
One of the ways we help make disciples is in our modesty. In I Peter 3:1-2, we read, “1 Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, 2 when they see your respectful and pure conduct.” The context (I Pet 3:1-6) is about wives winning their husbands through their outward behavior (e.g., submission). Here, Peter reminds all woman that your husband can be “won without a word by the conduct of their wives” and one example of such conduct is modesty (vs. 3-4).
This, I understand, is just one reason to practice modesty, but let’s just chew on this one for now.
It begs some very questions, “How do I know if I am modest? How can I test my motivations for dressing each day?”
Let me give you four questions from a sermon manuscript of my brother-in-law, David Gundersen, that will enable you to better navigate through the question of modesty. And I would encourage you to read the full article and the “sub questions” that come under each of these four”
- Why do I want to purchase or wear this?
- How will my appearance affect others?
- What does my appearance say about me?
- What kind of example am I setting for others?
Further Reading on the Subject of Modesty
David Gundersen, “A Heart-Driven Modesty” (Raw Christianity blog) https://rawchristianity.wordpress.com/2009/07/26/a-heart-driven-modesty-god-and-clothing-sermon-manuscript/
Carolyn Mahaney & Nicole Whitacre & Kristin Chesemore & Janelle Bradshaw (Sovereign Grace Ministries), “Modesty Heart Check” http://www.sovereigngracestore.com/Product/A1170-06-59/Modesty_Heart_Check_-_Checklist.aspx