Since we’re having such a good time discussing the merits of bikini-wear, I thought I would just stay on topic for the moment. When someone (like me) suggests that something (like a bikini) is immodest, our first instinct is to say, “Show me a verse where bikinis are not allowed.” We tend to want lines drawn and lists made up which are easy to enforce. We want a wooden rule which is easy to read. Show me why I can’t rather than show me why I should.
Our other tendency is to limit the rightness or wrongness of bikini-wearing to a matter of heart motive. Then it becomes off limits to discuss, because we all know that it is a big no-no to judge heart motives. So where do we go and how do we decide?
Let’s come at it another way. Rather than looking for the absence of evil motives, let’s look for the presence of good ones. The Bible says women should be (to list a few things) sober, discreet, chaste (Titus 2:4-5), meek and quiet (1 Peter 3:4) holy (vs. 5-6), modest, dressing with propriety and moderation (1 Timothy 2:8), characterized by faith, charity, and holiness with self-control (vs. 15). So let’s say a Christian woman is wearing a thong to Read More