The Perverse Psychology of ‘Showing Off’

Anna wrote an exceptional post about modesty yesterday. Her main point is:

You do not need to sacrifice your modesty in order to prove that you are “comfortable with your body.”

The world’s message is the opposite:

You must show skin and figure definition to prove you are “comfortable with your body.”

I have been modestly dressed for long enough (2+ years) that this worldly proposition is blatantly absurd. The more I think about it, the more I become bewildered. Let me try to guide you through the world’s (il)logical process to arrive at the conclusion.

  1. It started with the Greeks (like most everything else). They viewed the body as just a shell for the spirit. What one does (or not) with their body will not have any affect on their soul. Dualism. Dangerous Stuff.
  2. If the body is a shell, and one can do whatever one pleases with it with no spiritual consequences, then why not “flaunt it if you got it”?
  3. Also, like the Greeks, if you live in a materialistic world with a dubious hereafter, embrace and suck the marrow out of life. Gain as much glory for yourself so people will remember you when you are dead (The Illiad being the chief example here.) This is the only immortality.

*Greek History Lesson Concluded*

Commence Hebraic/Biblical Exposition:

  1.  Jewish historical and contemporary thought does not create a dualism between body and soul. We are not aliens in little space ship bodies; we are Imagio Dei with the breath of God in our nostrils. We get to return after death to a new earth with new bodies. [For those of you confused about being angels with wings living in heaven for eternity…check Revelations.]
  2. Incarnation. God loves the world. He came down into it to redeem and transform it.
  3. God cares about each detail in our life, because we live out HIS life here on earth. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20: Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God with your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
  4. We live to glorify Him, because our spirits and bodies belong to Him. Our personal glory means dirt.

According to the worldly standard, because I cover up more inches of skin (and hair) than the average woman, I am ‘uncomfortable’ or ashamed of my body. Does that ring a bell for my Christian friends? Adam and Eve were ashamed of being naked before God. Huh? How did that get flipped around? You see, Satan would like us to correct the “fall” through his wisdom instead of God’s wisdom. Ashamed of being naked? Naw, that isn’t natural. Just acclimatize yourself to reveal more flesh before other people and you will have more power and be pure again. What a stinking lie!

Sin will continue to reign as long as this earth continues in existence. There is a Way to be pure here, but it must be from outside our sensibilities.  God has provided the means, modesty, let is strive to walk in it!

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6 Responses to “The Perverse Psychology of ‘Showing Off’”


  1. 1 Kristen February 28, 2008 at 5:34 am

    Great post and oh so true

    God bless

  2. 2 Mrs. Brigham February 28, 2008 at 11:25 am

    Wonderful post!

    I remember the days when I was “comfortable with my body.” Much time was wasted pulling here, tugging there, in hopes of finding ways to get, well, “comfortable.” ;o)

  3. 3 cbrunette February 28, 2008 at 11:31 am

    Funny, how that is, when you are supposed to be most comfortable…you are obsessing over how uncomfortable everything is! 🙂

  4. 4 Ruby March 2, 2008 at 6:46 pm

    I think modesty is not just what you wear, but also a mindset. 🙂

  5. 5 Emily March 3, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but weren’t Adam and Eve originally made by God without shame? In Genesis it clearly states that once they eat the apple they realize they are naked and cover themselves. There is nothing there about being “ashamed before god” due to their nakedness.

    http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=genesis+3

  6. 6 cbrunette March 4, 2008 at 8:32 am

    Emily,

    If you look up directly above Genesis chapter 3, to 2:25, it reads:

    “And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.”

    After sin, nakedness (at least in the Biblical parlance) became shameful in public. See the story of Noah, or repeated prohibitions in Leviticus against “uncovering your father’s nakedness.” The priests had to wear britches under their robes so nothing would show as they went up the steps to the tabernacle.

    Since sin has not been scrubbed from this earth, we must protect what God has made a safeguard.


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