Where Has Modesty Gone in America?


Lately, it has become the norm to walk down the street and see women in tight fitting clothes, short skirts and a shirt that exposes their cleavage. Even men have no problem exposing their upper bodies in public anymore.You see it on advertisements, on television shows and even in the movies. The imagination is not left with much to wonder.

America has a modesty problem and it is the fault of both men and women. We are surrounded daily with images that tell us that we should look a certain way–sexy and toned–and that we should wear certain clothes. In most cases, the media is telling us to dress in a way that does not honor God.

In 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 the Bible tells us “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” Dressing immodestly is glorifying man in our sinful nature; it is causing men issues with pornography and women self-esteem issues.

recent article by Mail Online discusses Mormons and modesty. Across the country, Mormon women are showing off their style in a modest way.

Their blogs portray recent trends found in magazines without the high hemlines and the low necklines. These women are speaking up for their religion and their bodies. One blogger says, “What’s most important is not the rules of modesty, but the respect given to an individual’s body.”

The women in these blogs don’t sacrifice their bodies for the sake of fashion or to impress men. They are dressing modestly to show others the respect they have for their bodies; their bodies are to glorify God, and they live by this rule.

As Faith Driven Consumers, we need to help our families and friends live by what the Bible says about modesty. Both men and women need to work to encourage each other to value their bodies by showing respect for the other sex.

Let’s tell companies that we want wholesome advertising and express to clothing companies that we want modest clothing. And together, let’s work to set an example of modest dressing.

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