Are your clothes loud?

Have you noticed how trashy T-shirts  have gotten? One popular one this fall says, "I’m sexy enough to keep you waiting." I’m particularly angry about this one, because it’s supposed to promote abstinence. I think it is nothing more than a big tease.

They’re making trashy shirts for little girls too. One in a store for 8–12-year-olds reads: "I only go to school to meet boys." Another in that store said, "Bad Attitude and Proud of It." Some that I have seen for teens are so vulgar that I can’t quote them here. Lately I see more and more T-shirts that boast about sin.

It reminds me of what the apostle Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 5:1–2 when he comments that there is a man committing incest with his father’s wife. He writes, "And you are proud [of it]!" Times haven’t really changed, have they?

Does what you wear speak as loudly about who you are? Does the care and modesty with which you dress say quietly, "I’m a woman of worth"? Are you as quick to make statements of your belief with your attire?

I’m afraid that sometimes we want to be non-offensive, and so we seek this neutral position. That’s dangerous thinking. In an article I recently read in Christianity Today, Chuck Colson wrote, "We’re also called to fulfill the cultural commission. Christians are agents of God’s saving grace—bringing others to Christ …—but we are also agents of his common grace: sustaining and renewing his creation, defending the created institutions of family and society, critiquing false worldviews."

Colson went on to say, "If we’re tempted to ignore the great moral issues of our day, or dismiss them as ‘just politics,’ we are betraying our biblical mandate and our own  heritage. Nothing could be deadlier for the church, nor the culture, since real Christianity invariable provides a healthy influence on society." Are you influencing this world for good as loudly as some are influencing it for evil?

About Author

Dannah Gresh is completely in love with her chocolate labradoodle, Stormie. (But just for the record, she doesn't like dog kisses.) She's been married to Bob for over twenty years and loves that he brings her "freshly sharpened bouquets of pencils." She's the mom to Lexi, Autumn, and Rob. Oh, and she co-wrote Lies Young Women Believe with Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth!

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