From the flurry of articles I see being exchanged as the weather gets warmer and hemlines rise, necklines plunge, and shirtless men become more common, modesty is a hot topic—especially among believers.
And it’s surprisingly complicated. You can find people throwing out Bible verses and opinions on a whole spectrum of what is or is not appropriate, many of them extremely passionate. Does a strictly traditional view of modesty encourage blaming rape victims? Does a liberal view of Christian freedom in dress represent how even the church is beginning to conform to the world?
I’m not going to answer those questions directly, but I do want to add a few areas to think about as I talk about some misconceptions I see in Christian discussions about modesty.
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