p class=”MsoNormal” style=”text-indent: 0.5in;”>Summer, summer, summer time! I don’t know about ya’ll, but down here in Jacksonville, I think the sun has a vendetta against us! It’s hot! What did we do to deserve this? Each year, summer time brings high temperatures, barbeques, family reunions, pool parties, and vacations. But as you know the hotter it gets the lesser clothes we wear. Ok, I hear you say ‘It’s too hot to wear all of those clothes!’ But girls decide to bring out the shortest shirts and skimpiest skirts they own and guys want to wear the tightest wife-beaters, if they even decide to wear a shirt at all. As a Christian young person, are there guidelines to being modest in the heat? Does God really expect us to be decent in 100+ temperatures?
Of course He does! “For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh, but they that are after the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.” Rom. 8:5 What are your motives for wearing (or not wearing) certain clothes? When you get dressed, what are your goals? What are you trying to do exactly? Rom. 14:13 reminds us to not be a stumbling block for our neighbor, whether our neighbor is a guy or girl, we are to be mindful to make sure we don’t appeal to their flesh.
Not only are we not to be distractions, we are called to not be distracted. 2 Cor. 10:5 says “bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” You control what your mind entertains! It’s up to you to allow your flesh to run rampant after you see someone that’s attractive to you or to remind yourself that you are not a slave to sin, and as a child of God, you don’t walk after the flesh anymore (Rom. 6:12; Gal. 5:16-18, 24).
Although we can’t control everyone’s thoughts, we can control how we influence them. Ask yourself, ‘If I saw myself passing in this outfit, what would be the first thing I saw?’ If what you are wearing is drawing more attention from your face, especially your eyes, you definitely shouldn’t be wearing it. Matthew 6:22 says “The light of the body is the eye.” How would you know if the person you are talking to has light in them if you are looking at everything except into their eyes?