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Parent Minute

Are there rules for Christian modesty?

Posted on 11/11/2016 by Greg Yoder

Short answer—no! There are no “rules,” but God did give us guidance through His Word. But here’s a new rule my wife and I are using: “Raise your hands and touch your toes. If anything shows, go change your clothes.” Frankly, you and I can have all the rules we want, but if our daughter’s heart isn’t right, it won’t matter. So the important thing is for you and I to point our girls to Christ and let them know they’re valued. Think about this: the most valuable things God made on this earth are all very difficult to get—oil, pearls, gold, and diamonds are all protected.1 You and I need to tell our daughters they’re more valuable. Then ask, “How are you going to protect that?”

1All Things Valuable Are…”, (originally from More Than A Hero: Muhammad Ali’s Life Lessons Through His Daughter’s Eyes by Hana Ali)

Suggested Reading: Titus 2:11-14
Sharon Poole
Friday, November 11, 2016 9:41 AM
I fear you have neglected our sons in this parent minute. It is equally important "to point our sons to Christ and let them know they're valued." Titus 2:1-15 is instruction on how and what to teach differing groups of people. Self control and self discipline in order to live "upright and godly lives in this present age" (Titus 2:12 NIV) is a major theme. Teach our sons and daughters that we represent and model Christ in the way we dress, talk, and treat others. Thank you
Friday, November 11, 2016 9:42 AM
And shouldn't this have been aimed at boys also? All of us need to learn the value of modesty regarding our own bodies as temples of God.
Greg Yoder
Tuesday, November 22, 2016 5:53 AM
Yes, you're right. Because I have a daughter this issue is one we deal with often. I'll do another Parent Minute dealing with boys modesty in a few weeks.

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