I am grateful for preachers, like my own, who continue to plant themselves firmly against the world in areas in which others are not willing to “go that far.” I appreciate those who have continued to take a stand against women wearing men’s apparel, as mentioned in my previous post. I likewise appreciate the freedom which comes from seeking to glorify God in both our bodies and our spirits, "which are God's" (I Cor. 6:19-20). One way Christian women can glorify God is by dressing modestly, which includes times spent swimming in the company of the opposite gender.
I'm thankful for a dad who willingly studied the Scriptures for himself in these areas and did not fail to teach such truths to his children. When I was about five years old, I learned for the first time the freedom of obedience in this area of biblical modesty.
As I heard the Scriptures presented, I embraced these truths for myself. Covering one’s body with modest apparel never seemed a stretch to me, for such teaching was clearly that of Scripture (I Tim. 2:9). Later, when I got into high school, I began to fight a little bit on the exact standard of where that modesty was (which I’ll describe in a later post) but this issue of covering one’s body, even when swimming in mixed company, made sense to me.
Dressing in modest apparel is a New Testament commandment and would rule out a great deal of wardrobe choices offered in popular culture. Adherence to this principle would likewise rule out wearing traditional swimming suits at the beach. The biblical standard of modesty ought be followed, whether one is in the water or out of it.
And His glory.