Girly vs. Godly

05.24.10 | Terese Main | Comments[4]

Just the other day, the topic of purses and makeup came up on Family Life Mornings with Kurt and Jean.  Sarah Harnisch and I were on the air together at 9am when I began lightly teasing her about her “purse-buying” habits.  Supposedly a decade had passed since she had bought a new one!  I, on the other hand, own  mountain of purses so huge it topples over when I slide open my closet!  In jest, I said “We must increase your PURSE-anality.”  Then, the Holy Spirit began to work in me.

Sarah provides an excellent example of modesty and contentment.  When I offered to give/loan her some purses from my pile, she wasn’t interested.  She’s fine with what she has and doesn’t need more.  Why can’t I be like that?  Why must I change my purse to match my outfit before heading off to work, or out for dinner?  More importantly, does my earthy yearning for fashion and accessories make me less of a Godly woman?

Whether it’s purses, clothes, shoes, or makeup, the things that make us “girly-girls” in 2010 were talked about generations ago in Scripture.  Anyone who doubts the relevance of the Bible in today’s world just needs to open its pages for current application!  So what does God say about lip gloss?

In Old Testament days, concubines waited a year before being presented to the king.  During that time, they were “purified six months with oil of myrrh and six months with sweet odours and other things (Esther 2:12).” Sounds like a year-long spa day!  While Vashti got her attention from revealing her physical body, Esther did all she could to hide herself.  In the end, Esther earned the king’s love and respect. Her physical modesty changed history!

What we wear says so much to the people around us about our faith.  1Timothy 2:9 tells us women to “adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with braided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array.”  Now, ladies, I don’t think braids or pearls make you less of a Christian woman.  However, look at the first part of that verse.  It gives us the motives for our dress.  Why do we wear what we wear?

 “Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; but let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.  For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands.” 1Peter 3:3-5

The Lord knows what’s in our hearts.  When I get dressed up, put on my face and switch out my purse, it changes how I feel.  I hold my head a little bit higher and put on a big ole’ smile.  It makes me feel good.  Be careful not to make yourself up in a way that could snare one of our brothers in Christ:  “It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, or anything whereby thy brother sumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak. “  (Romans 14:21)

God cares more about why we choose to look a certain way than how we actually look.  If dressing up, and curling your hair makes you feel confident, and more likely to share the Good News of Jesus, I say go for it.  But before you put on anything material, dress yourself in strength and honor (Proverbs 31:25).  And before you buy a new purse, make sure it’s big enough to carry your favorite Bible.  There’s an accessory that’s always in fashion!

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on 05.24.10 Joann commented

I appreciate this explanation of applying the bible to today. This very verse and situation I tried to apply to a situation in where I asked someone to wear MORE clothing before my kids got an early lesson on where babies came from. Oye.
Anyway, I get it. And it makes sense in a different way. Thank you.

on 05.25.10 Olia commented

I agree we women of God need to dress properly and show the world that we are Christians and that we shouldn't bring extra attention to us by the clothes we wear. One thing that I believe is that we still need to look pretty and presentable Especially for our husbands and still need to take care of ourselves to look clean and if a little bit of makeup needs to be applied to look more presentable than why not. Just as long as we don't put too much and over do it.

on 06.01.10 Anonymous commented

This was so good! I especially liked the last few parts:


"God cares more about why we choose to look a certain way than how we actually look. If dressing up, and curling your hair makes you feel confident, and more likely to share the Good News of Jesus, I say go for it. But before you put on anything material, dress yourself in strength and honor (Proverbs 31:25). And before you buy a new purse, make sure it’s big enough to carry your favorite Bible. There’s an accessory that’s always in fashion!"

Good stuff, my friend! Thank you!

on 06.01.10 Traci Little commented

PS: This was from Traci, I forgot to write my name

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