September 27, 2011

Modesty for Men



Modesty is usually addressed a lot when concerning women. So, I'd like to talk with you today about men in modesty. Modesty is a heart issue and the same is true with men. If you are a male or women who has one in her life, you want to ask yourself  "Am I honoring God with the way I presents myself?"  Sometimes, a man may not feel certain clothing are immodest. The lines can be blurred, especially around your own yard or neighborhood. This one question can help you decide if you are honoring God with your clothing choice.

Here in my home we address modesty for men as well as women. I have a ten year old son who is growing up fast and a husband who is very concerned about honoring God with his life. We have even more items that are not listed but specific to our family and your list may be longer because some things are very specific to each family and their walk with Christ. You just have to come together and pray for guidance to find what modesty means for the boys/men family. So here is a list of items my husband and I feel don't show modesty of the heart or glorify Jesus.

1. ripped shirts...
Anything that reveals the too much of your body can be seen as sexual. Whether by style or accident, these shirts say immodest to the world. Instead wear a t shirt that is free from tears to cover up your body.


2. excessive jewelry...
It looks flashy and extravagant. You want God to have the glory, not all of your jewels. Not that you can't wear jewelry, just in moderation.


















3.shirtless outside the home...
Doing yard work, playing ball,  working on the car, jogging around the block, are usually times when men feel comfortable going shirtless. It is not a good idea for the neighborhood to see your body on display. So grab an old faded shirt for the job.


















4.shirtless while swimming...
May seem harmless, but a man dripping wet half dressed is enticing to some. Get t shirts that match your trunks just for swimming.












5. speedo swim trunks...
It is like wearing underwear out in public. All of your legs, hips and thighs are showing. Plus the groin is showcased with such little fabric. Instead reach for swim trunks and a top.












6. muscle shirts...
Your physique is best kept for your wife. Even though you're not revealing skin, you are still revealing the shape of your body and can be distracting and cause lust. Loose tops or fitted within reason are a great way to keep unwanted attention from your body.












7. tight pants...
Obviously highlights the groin area. Jeans that are a looser cut will do fine to keep you from being on display.















8. shorts that show the thighs...
Shorts are harmless, but showing too much thigh can get you in trouble. Thighs are a weakness for many people and can cause unwanted lust. Shorts to the knee or just above will help you look modest.












9. sleeveless tops that are cut down the sides...
Can be fine, if worn in your home. But any other situation can cause unwanted attention. The sides of your chest, abs and stomach are seen by all and should be just for your wife. If you know you will be in and out, try a tank underneath to cover sides effectively.












10. sheer tops...
It's as if you have no top on at all. Very revealing tops cause people to stare and lust. There's a big difference in wanting chic clothes and sexually revealing ones. A shirt layered underneath or vest can help cover your body.










11. vulgar or sexual phrases on clothing...
 These are just offensive and are not good judgement when you are a christian man. If some are left from the "old days", then the new you needs new tees for where you are now.












12. sinful ads clothing (alcohol, bars, drugs, etc...)
Men with morals should not want be a walking advertisement for sinful products. If you don't participate in the brand or activity, you are sending the message that you do. A free tee costs too much when you pay for it with your soul.













13. pants that are low to show underwear...
Not only is it unattractive, but it shows the public your underwear which should be private. There's a reason it is called underwear. Get pants that are your size and a belt worn on the waist would help.












14. low cut tops that show too much chest...
Shirts unbuttoned too low reveal chest and can be seen by others is immodest. Button it up or layer if this is your style.












15.tank tops...
These should be worn under clothes or in the privacy of your home. They are usually form fitted and low cut on the chest, plus the sides of the pecs can be seen.





















 






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