The world is full of stupid people, no doubts about it. Why else would a bunch of “educated” people justify the stripping of a young lady for dressing “inappropriately”? These idiots are the same ones who justify the raping of women who are “indecently” dressed. I was shocked and genuinely disturbed when one of my followers tweeted “Rape these women till they dress appropriately”.
I would forgive an uneducated village Elder from a conservative Islamic background for saying such, but for a university graduate, that’s utter bull.
I am mad, not because I am a victim but because women have been on the receiving end of men’s foolish rules on how they should live their lives for far too long. Who exactly decided what’s modest and immodest after all? And why do these modesty rules only apply to women?
Why should my mode of dressing bother you in any way? Scantily dressed women provoke you? They cause you to sin? Why don’t you gorge out your eyes so you don’t have to see them? Why not walk around town blindfolded if it bothers you so? Why must women be the ones to cover up and dress in a manner you deem modest just to please you?
Who exactly died and made all these men agitating for women to dress “decently” the protectors of morality? Why not go marry a submissive wife and sire daughters so that you can teach them what to wear or not wear?
If you really wanted to live in a country where women are modest, then migrate to Saudi Arabia or some isolated island in the middle of the Indian Ocean, but while we’re in Kenya keep your opinions on how women dress to yourself.
Besides, who said wearing short dresses in immodest in the first place? Women in the traditional African Culture have been known to wear close to nothing over the centuries. The white man brought this whole idea of clothing with colonialism so don’t come feed me crap on how showing my cleavage and legs is UnAfrican and indecent. I come from a community where women just wore beads and an animal skin across the shoulders yet there was no rape. How do you explain that?
If how a woman dresses bothers you so much such that the evil spirits in you tell you to go strip her, then you my friend are suffering from acute stupidity that even education nor exorcism can’t get rid of. Women will continue to wear what they want and there’s nothing you can do about it other than call them whores. What’s a little name-calling anyway? Never heard it kill anyone.
If I want to walk around naked, that’s my godamn business! Go dictate to your daughter, your wife and your sisters on how they should dress, not me.
Viva La Feminism!
CONTENDING FOR MODESTY & HOLINESS
We are living in a time of moral confusion
and our generation’s immorality is reflected
in many of today’s styles.
Today’s fashion industry has little regards for
modesty and its products often projects look
that are inappropriate for someone who wants
to mirror Christ.
The marvelous grace of God in our hearts
compels us to reflect His holiness in the part
of our being that other people see. When a
person becomes a Christian, his experience
changes every facet of his life- not just the
inward person but the outward person as well.
A BIBLICAL PRINCIPLE
The Bible instructs us to wear modest
clothing that is, clothing with godly
appearance. Of course, our outward
appearance cannot substitute for inward
holiness. Adam and Eve covered themselves
with fig leaves after they sinned, but God
found their efforts inadequate. By making
clothing of animals skins for them, He
confirmed that they indeed needed modest
clothing, but He also revealed that the holiness
in appearance must be associated with God’s
provision for our sins. Only by the death of
Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, do we obtain
the righteousness of God that we seek to
God instructed Israel’s high priest to wear
holy garments, “for he represented a holy
God” (Exodus 28:2). God also ordered the
priests to wear clothing that covered their
nakedness and forbad elevated altars upon
which priests would walk and thereby expose
their nakedness (Exodus 20:26; 28:42).
Deuteronomy 22:5 enunciates the moral
principle of a clear distinction between male
and female in outward appearance: one sex
must not wear styles of clothing associated
with the other. It states, “The woman shall
not wear that which pertaineth unto a
man, neither shall a man put on a
woman’s garment: for all that do so [are]
abomination unto the LORD thy God.”
Proverbs 7:10 speaks of a woman with “ the
attire of an harlot.” Clearly, certain garments
are associated with sin and are not suitable for
godly people to wear.
The principle that God wants His people to
reflect His holiness applies to the New
Testament Church (Peter 1:15-16). We are
called to be living epistles read of all
people, declaring to the world God’s holy
nature and His abiding presence (II Corinthians
Our outward appearance is one way in which
we are unspoken witness of the transforming
power of Christ.
I Timothy 2:9 admonishes “ that women
adorn themselves in modest apparel with
shamedfacedness and sobriety, not with
broided hair, gold, or pearls, or costly
array.” I Peter 3:3 gives similar instructions.
I Corinthians 11: 16 teaches that a woman
should have a long hair, for it is her glory,
and that a man should not have a long
hair. A person’s hair serves as an important
visible symbol of his or her submission to
God’s plan of authority and as a distinguishing
mark between the sexes.
Revelation 16:15 uses clothing as a symbol to
instruct the church to stay close to God:
“Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth
his garments, lest he walk naked, and they
see his shame.”
Clearly, God puts emphasis on the outward
appearance of a person . To an extent,
clothing reflects the condition of the heart,
and it sends a message to others about a
A RESPONSE TO GOD’S GRACE
Advocating modesty of dress and outward
dedication does not mean advocation salvation
Wearing godly dress is not a meritorious work
to earn salvation rather it is a response to the
saving grace of God. The blood of Jesus is our
only righteousness. Our salvation comes from
God, never from our good works. To think that
we could earn His marvelous grace by adhering
to dress codes would be a terrible mistake.
But to accept the grace of God and then be
indifferent to Christ’s commandment for the
holy living would discredit His mercy. If the
church preaches Christ and His saving grace
without teaching biblical guidelines to live by,
it leaves people open to confusion and failure.
Deliberate and continous disobedience to God
Word will lead to the loss of saving faith.
Who can view the Cross without wanting to
comform to Christ? Who would want to
continue his or her old sinful patterns of living
when Jesus Christ died to bring deliverance
from those sins? When people comprehend His
holiness, they desire to become holy.
While it is true that the blood of Jesus cleanses
from all sins, it is also true that genuine love
for Him restrains a person from presuming
upon His marvelous grace.
In our success-oriented society no one
considers it odd if a company requires its
employees to comform to a dress code. Why
then should a church that teaches neatness
and modesty for the purpose of honoring the
holiness of God be considered narrow,
restrictive, or legalistic?
If we are to honor God in our hearts, it is
consistent to honor Him with an outward
dedication. I John 2:15 intructs us, “Love
not the world”: surely then, we would be
foolish to mirror wordly values in our
THE PROTECTION OF MODESTY
Adhering to a modest godly standard of dress
and conduct offers protection from the surge
of immorality that plagues our generation.
Clothes and appearance transmit nonverbal
signals. Christians who verbalize godliness but
at the same time nonverbally declare
sensuality and ungodliness destroy the
effectiveness of their gospel witness.
The primary purpose of many fashion
designs is to exalt the ego, attract undue
attention to the flesh, stir desires, and
ignite passion in others, thereby appealing
to the lust of flesh, the lust of eyes, and
the pride of life, which the Bible condemns
(I John2:16). If we are honor to the holiness of
God, we must not dress in such styles and with
We must not naively ignore the complex
causes of immorality and marital infidelity,
but neither should we ignore the influence
that sensual dress has on adultery and
fornication. If a man looks with lust upon a
woman he commits adultery in his heart
(Matthew 5:28). If a woman provokes a lustful
look by her appearance is she not partly
responsible for the man’s sin? If people would
dress in ways that do not provoke lust, the
moral fiber of our society would be
The danger of overemphasizing any discipline
in the Christian life is that some people allow
the discipline to become a legalistic code.
Some people who harbor unholy attitudes such
as hatred, bitterness, envy, and strife falsely
think they are spiritual because they wear
Such distortions are hypocritical and wrong.
But we cannot dismiss the need for modesty in
dress because some distort it. The biblical
alternative to legalism is not permissiveness or
license but self discipline motivated by grace,
faith, love, the Word of God, and the Holy
Spirit. (See John 14:15; I Corinthians 9:14-27;
II Timothy 2:24-27; John 2:3)
For the sake of our children, we must teach
them to respect the holiness of God in all
areas of life. Allowing or encouraging
preteens and teenagers to dress in many of
today’s fashion is invitation to social and
A dress code will not automatically remedy the
decaying moral fiber among youth, but it does
remind them of God’s commandments. We
must begin somewhere to teach children and
youth moral responsibilty, and standards of
modesty in dress offer us this opportunity.
When we honor God and His Word in our
hearts and in our outward appearance, He
places an umbrella of protection over our
families. While moral decay sweeps modern
society and many modern churches, we are
able to remain relatively untouched. The world
may scoff at our modesty, but we dare not
lay down our cloak of protection and our
obedience to the Word of God.
Clearly we subscribe to different Gods. How about we let each other be. To each their own
We clearly subscribe to different Gods. How about we let each other be