Summer is almost upon us. Soon people will be flocking to beaches and pools dressed in some of the hottest and trendiest swim wear of the season. Along with that comes the well-known debate of ‘Should Christian Women Wear Bikinis?’ When looking this up, I found that a good deal of the posts on this (except for a small handful) were in favor of this little itty bitty piece of cloth. The main defense given is that women shouldn’t have to put themselves out if guys are going to lust anyway. While I agree that guys do need to work to keep their minds pure, I know that when we go out in tiny nothings we aren’t exactly making their jobs any easier.
With this in mind, I wanted to explore what you are saying about yourself when you wear a bikini.
You are saying.
1: That you don’t really value the gift God has given you. Our bodies are wonderful gifts from God. Beautifully and wonderfully made and meant to be cherished, as said in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” When we carelessly flaunt our bodies for the world to see we’re not treating it like it is the temple of the Holy Spirit. We’re not telling God that we are thankful for this wonderful gift He has given us. We’re saying that we only care about what we want to do. You may be thinking, “I am thankful! That’s why I wear a bikini, I want to show people what God has blessed me with.” Can you honestly tell me that this is what God really wants for us? Does He ever say that we’re meant to be practically naked in order to show the world that we are thankful for our bodies? Yes, God created Adam and Eve naked but after sin entered the world, so did shame and the need to cover our bodies.
2: That you want attention from people. This is also something the Bible condemns. A lot of girls mask the longing for attention from people under “I’m comfortable with my body and I’m not afraid to show it!” If we’re really honest with ourselves we’ll see that this is just another way to get others to look at us.
3: That you are actually a little bit selfish. People try to paint the “right” to dress as they want in feministic or “body positive” rhetoric. But if you look at the heart of these arguments then you’ll see that this is more of a selfish issue than anything else. The Bible says that if we know that a brother has an issue with something, and that his issue is a stumbling block to him, you must be considerate. Matthew 18: 6 says that it is better for a millstone to be hung around your neck and you be drowned than to cause your brother to stumble. If we know that the way we dress causes another to struggle and we value what we want more than what God says, that’s selfishness pure and simple. Another word for selfishness is sin. And that’s certainly not what Jesus would have us do.
4: That you have a double standard when it comes to the way you dress. A lot of times the Christian girls you see wearing a bikini (not all the time, sometimes you do see the Christian girl who doesn’t really care about modesty) are the girls who wouldn’t be caught dead in anything that showed more skin than the knees and arms. Yet when it comes to getting in the water all modesty standards go out the window. As if they think that modesty doesn’t matter as long as they are near water. I mean since everyone else is wearing it, why shouldn’t you, right? Do you really think God only had dry land in mind when He called us to modesty? If you’ve been guilty of having a double modesty standard, then you need to do a heart check.
5: That you are taking the easy way out and conforming to the world. To be perfectly honest with you I’m all too familiar with this mindset. When my older sister was no more than 17 years old, she proclaimed to my mom that if she could find a way to define a bikini as modest she would be all too happy to wear one. Within a matter of months she had gone out and purchased one at one of our local clothing stores. Where did she get this crazy idea? She had always been very modest. In fact, she set some modesty standards for herself that my mom didn’t even set. Like, she wouldn’t wear sleeveless shirts, or shorts that showed the knee at all! But then she got into a crowd of girls who didn’t share her modesty standards, they told her that our mom wanted to be mean to her and dress her like a nun. Over time my sister actually started to listen to them. Why should she have to be weird and dress in a way that no one she knew dressed? So, instead of looking to God and standing strong on His Word and her convictions, she threw them away and allowed herself to be swept away by what the world said, thought, and did.
And that’s my thoughts. To close, let’s remember that just because the world defines dressing this way as normal doesn’t mean you should jump onto the wagon. Honestly, most of the time when the world defines something as normal you should turn the other way and run for your life! We as Christian girls have to ask ourselves, who are we trying to please? The world? Or the everlasting, Almighty, God?
Time for a few questions!
1: What’s your take on the bikini? And why?
2: What do you do to remain modest in these hot Summer months?
3: Would you add anything to this? If so, what?
Thank you for reading, feel free to comment (just be nice) and have a blessed day!