Let me be frank and begin by saying, my ideas about dress and modest apparel have not always been correct.
Before I was saved, my clothing motto was all about comfort and showing off my body. I did not own a dress. I did have miniskirts, however.
After I was saved, I still didn’t see anything wrong with my clothes. What I wore was really an afterthought. Then my pastor sent me home with a book on Biblical modesty. I mentally (and verbally with a friend) ripped the book to shreds! My thoughts were, “this is overkill!”
A few weeks went by and God started pricking my heart. “What is the big deal about what you wear, Michelle?”
Why did this issue rub me so wrong? And my answer was that I just don’t see it.
“Coincidentally” in my Bible reading I came to Proverbs 16:3 – “Commit thy works unto the Lord and thy thoughts shall be established.” So, I committed to obey God and let Him change my mind. And He did!
When the smoke settled, I no longer felt comfortable in immodest clothes, specifically pants. God changed my heart. Even loose pants draw attention to areas that should be hidden.
Here are my top 5 reasons why I wear skirts:
1 . Abomination is still abomination. God calls a woman wearing man clothes an abomination. Really it is cross dressing, which used to be called a perversion. Without thinking, we would say that person is a pervert. I certainly do not want to be that!
The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God. – Deuteronomy 22:5
2. Not that long ago, modest dress was not so odd. Now, I may stand out like a sore thumb in my exercise skirts, but the benefit of a clear conscious before God or when I “run into someone from church” far outweighs any embarrassment. (And little tip…modest “non wierdo” skirts exist for swimming and exercising).
Shouldn’t we have some shame if our secret parts are outlined?! I figure, if people can wear the word “juicy” or “pink” on their rear end, I can cover mine. A friend once told me, “In an insane world, the sane appear as insane.” *smile*
3. I identify myself with the female sign on the bathroom. It is still social normality that when a woman wants to look nice, she wears a dress. It is still feminine. I have never seen a bride in wedding slacks.
4. I don’t want to cause my brothers in Christ to morally stumble. My figure is nothing to gawk at, but it is still female. When a woman wears pants, it is to the center seam that the eye looks first (front and back) and, like it or not, that creates sexual thought in a man’s mind. Yikes!
5. It is such a small thing that God asks. How many areas of my Christian walk have I failed in? We all wear a uniform. Shouldn’t I dress like I am on God’s team? Is it really too much to ask? It is infinitesimal.
I am aware of the percentages of women in the world and in churches who wear pants. I do not harbor any ill feelings toward anyone due to dress! I love and have many dear friends who wear pants. I only share how God worked in my heart and ask you…have you asked God what is HIS opinion? My opinion is small. It is ONLY His that matters.
Joyfully serving her Saviour in her blessed position of wife and mother, Dr. Michelle Zarrillo has a unique perspective on health related issues. As a working chiropractor and an avid reader, she has many opportunities to practice that which she learns. Educating her children at home and discovering their special needs has further challenged her to examine the connection between the physical, mental and spiritual realms of the human nature. Her passion for healthier living and her quest for the Creator’s ways of healing keep her pressing forward in search of truth.