Modesty is a very big topic among religious people and nonreligious parents. I don’t know why it is such a hot debate, because we should want to shield our bodies. I haven’t always been modest and often though my parents on the topic but I really do not know why. With age comes wisdom I suppose. I want to give you all three main reasons to be modest to help you counteract what the culture says.
First, of course, is faith. Christ should be at the center of all that we do. The same is true when deciding to be modest. There is evidence all over scripture of what godly modesty looks like and we should use these as a guide. He wants us to keep ourselves covered so our bodies can be used for His great purpose and not man’s perverted ones. Pray to Heavenly Father and ask Him why modesty should be on your heart and on your body and he will be sure to answer.
Next, respect for family. Everyday you leave the house you represent God and your family. There is honor in displaying your family’s virtues in thought, word, deed, and dress. Neighbors, friends, and family will ask your parents why they allow you to leave the house in distasteful dress. We should consult our family members about their options on how we should dress, and more importantly we should listen.
Finally, personal pride; I feel better about myself when I keep my body covered. Young men look at the face more than any other part of the body when it is covered. Some enjoy the attention that comes from wandering eyes, but I believe people should connect with their minds instead.
When deciding to be more modest we must recognize for whom we are doing it for. There is great honor and respect for young ladies who keep their bodies sheltered from the eyes of strangers. Be mindful of how others will perceive God, your family, and your own virtue when you dress we do not only represent ourselves.