Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion. – Proverbs 11:22
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I am a former marathoner and currently maintain a healthy activity schedule. I follow fitness boards. I prepare real food for my family. I exercise along with instruction videos. I value wellness and applaud those who desire to be fit and truly healthy. I’m finding it increasingly difficult to condone the allowances made for the sake of “fitness.”
There seems to be an emerging trend of “selfies” taken mostly of body parts that commonly remain clothed in public. What is disheartening is the sheer number of women who voluntarily stand in front of the mirror to disrobe, contort and expose themselves for the viewing of complete strangers. These images do not need to be sought out or specifically searched for. They saturate all of social media. It is impossible to escape these essentially pornographic images on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, etc. It has become normal, even encouraged, for fitness-focused women to offer up their body as a vessel of self-obsession and idolatry. In this category, many Christian women seem to have conformed to the patterns of this world.
I have come across many women in person and online who visibly advocate the sexualization of the body for general consumption. I find out down the road some of these women are “Christians.” My spirit cannot reconcile the two. Christian women are called to honor God with our bodies (1 Cor. 6:19), to be sanctified and blameless (1 Thes. 5:23), to be upright and Godly (2 Titus 2). We are instructed to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, in clothing appropriate for women who profess to worship God (1 Tim. 2). We are taught that charm is deceptive and beauty if fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised (Prov. 31). We know that our true and proper worship is to be holy and pleasing to God (Romans 12).
We have perverted an essential part of being a Godly woman, having “strength and dignity,” by replacing virtue with vanity, discretion with depravity. We have found a loophole in modesty for Christian women. We’ve provided a seemingly innocent avenue for women to act provocatively and for men to lust (I came across a man’s Pinterest fitness board titled “Screw Playboy”). We promote impurity for girls, infidelity for wives, indecency for mothers. We have forgotten that God’s grace teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions and to be eager to do what is good (2 Titus 2).
How do we encourage women to promote modesty and discretion? How do we embolden women to advocate vitality through purity and holiness? How do we bring the church back to a people “holy in all our behavior” (1 Peter 1:15), perfecting holiness out of reverence for God (2 Cor. 7)? Have you felt the same convictions?
If Christians are to be known by our fruits (Matt. 7:16) we must remember always that “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other” Galatians 5.
If anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.
2 Timothy 2:21
And put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
What do you think?
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