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Modesty in apparel has been an issue of controversy in the religious field. To answer the question “Does God Really Care What I Wear?” raised in The Look, this essay makes biblical references to support the idea that modesty is one of the most desirable virtues for the human beings. The virtue of modesty further leads to the idea of humbleness both before God and before the peers. The main method of investigation is through searching for the textual references to modesty and apparel in the Bible. In The Look, the author also compares the contemporary values on physical appearance and apparel with the traditional and biblical ideas. Accompanied by Puritan traditions, modesty in apparel have indeed been considered to be an important quality for believers. This leads to the conclusion that cultivation of the inner spirit and humbleness, as promoted by the Bible, is preferred to the extravagancy in apparel.
Key Words: Modesty, Humbleness, the Bible, Apparel
As an important classic of Christianity, the Bible is divided into two parts, the Old Testament and the New Testament. The main idea of the Bible is that people who are sinners can only be reborn through the salvation of God. The sinful individual must be saved, not saved by man's own reason and wisdom. Only by believing in God can all his sins be washed away. Therefore, people must be close to and believe in God. Only by letting go of all their wisdom and knowledge, and being humble like a child can they know God. Therefore, in Luke, Jesus said that when he taught his disciples, he said: " For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted (Luke 14:11).” It can be seen that the virtue of modesty is an important virtue of being close to God and being saved. Only by being humble as a child can one can abandon the inner arrogance, in order to see each person's own limits, and then approach the infinite God. The same is true for what he wears. Modesty and humbleness are important factors that should be incorporated in the way people dress themselves.
In the Bible, it mainly discusses the following kinds of modesty. First, people are humbled by God. This means that Christians must have a modesty for God, no doubts about God's power, or arrogance and blasphemy against God. Such modesty thus makes people realize their sins, humbleness and limitations, understand that people are the created, and God is the Creator, thus manifesting the greatness and glory of God. The most direct manifestation of this modesty is the fear of God, as in the Proverbs, "then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God (Proverbs 2:5)." Fear and respect here is the premise that people know about God and gain knowledge. The emphasis on awe is not only to cultivate believers' conviction of the power of God, but also to show the humbleness and finiteness of human beings. This humble virtue of human beings should not be distracted with fancy clothes and excessive attention on the physical appearance. By focusing too much attention on how to look good, people are essentially placing themselves in a less humble position than they should be, which is a violation against the teachings of God.
Second, people should also remain humble to other people as well. In the New Testament, the apostle Paul continually calls on believers to be humble, as in the Colossians, "Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, long-suffering (Colossians 3:12)" In addition, it is also said in Ephesians: "with all lowliness and meekness, with long-suffering, forbearing one another in love (Ephesians 4:2)." Why should Paul emphasize this? What is the Christian's modesty for the other? The root cause is that this is the command given by God and the role model of the holy Son himself. People must be humble to God because modesty is the way to get closer to God, and more importantly because of the greatness of God, and the smallness of man. Meanwhile, people should also be humble to others because in front of God, all people are considered equal. The difference in people dress often reflect the social status and wealth of them. Excessive focus on these things indicates the obsession for people not only to be distinguished from the crowd, but also to feel superior and better about themselves.
The Puritans’ restrictions on people’s dressing were based on the theory of emphasizing the original sin of the body. The costumes are meant to cover up the original sin of the person. If it is too luxurious, it will only make people around him feel that he or she is guilty. Therefore, Puritanism not only strictly controls the dress of priests at all levels within the church, but also persuades and preachers to the cultists, hoping that they will be restrained in dress and create a modest and simple image. According to the Bible, clothes are gifts that God has given to humans (DeMoss, 2003). Before God expelled Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden, God made clothes for them with fur. God designed the animal fur costumes for human’s earlies ancestors, and wanted them to see their despicableness. Just as they were naked, the animal fur clothing served as a constant reminder that they were guilty. Being dressed in clothes is thus a proof of the early sins committed by Eve. Therefore, extravagancy and luxury should not be the focus of how people dress.
Since clothes are created to cover up the original sin, it is not only practical, but also reflects the evil side of mankind. "Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them (Genesis 4:21)." Therefore, to reflect decency and dignity, attention must be paid to moderation and modesty in how we are dressed. For the Christians, it is an important virtue to be restrained in the cost of clothing. Therefore, a dress pattern that is almost forbidden and resolutely oppose indulging in luxury clothing is encouraged. The life of a true Christian should be frugal, resisting the temptation to wear extravagantly, and willing to wear cheap clothes. When a person wears beautiful and gorgeous clothes, it is actually considered defying God. Instead of focusing on expensive clothes, people should focus on the cultivation of the manners and the inner beauty through constant learning. The beauty of the clothes can't stand the test of the society and time. The ugly soul, no matter what beauty is used to cover up its body, is like the colorful soap bubbles, will always be fragile and unsustainable. Only the cultivation of the inner beauty through is advocated that would stand the test of time.
Whether a person is poor or rich, everyone should develop a habit of knowing how to control his or her desires. "In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with braided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array (Timothy 3:9)." When we are poor, we must have enough peace with the mentality is to endure and adapt, just as one should know how to control the desires when they are rich. When a person is in shame because of poverty, he will be self-defeating and eager to get gorgeous and beautiful clothes to decorate himself. Similarly, for wealthy people, if there is no peace of mind, they do not know how to control, and the consequences are even more serious. In modern society, the common values believe that if a person's wealth is enough for him to maintain a luxurious life, he is entitled to enjoys food, wearing fine clothes, and living in a luxury home (DeMoss, 2003). People want to surpass their neighbors in all aspects and be proud of their riches. In fact, these extravagant behaviors are extremely selfish, and they are ruthless to the poor who are hungry and cold. Instead of taking pride in extravagant behaviors and clothing, people should seek more meaningful life goals and realize their value by making the world a better place for both the rich and the poor.
In conclusion, the biblical references to modesty with contemporary culture’s definition of modesty as applied to apparel seem contradictory. For the religious people, the answer to the question that “Does God Really Care What I Wear?” is positive. This is not to say that all people should wear simple or even worn clothes to show their religious dedication. The idea is not to use apparel as a means to demonstrate superiority in any way. People can wear whatever they like to be themselves, as long as they are humble to God and to the people around them. In the Bible, God is considered as the origin of beauty. In Genesis, God used light to dispel chaos and darkness, and separated day and night. God uses light to give everything beautiful colors, forms and vitality. Since the material in the world is the creation of God, the creation of God should naturally be regarded as an extension of beauty. For humans, beauty is manifested as the virtue of modesty. "Modesty is an issue of the heart (DeMoss, 2003)." The beauty of the physical appearance should always be intertwined with the beauty of the spirit and thee heart. Through being modest and dressing with modesty, people are able to be free from the material desires, be closer to God, and receive spiritual salvation.
DeMoss, N. (2003). The Look: Does God Really Care What I Wear? Buchanan, MI: Revive Our Hearts. ISBN 0-940110-43-1