Sunday, April 21, 2013

Causing Men to Stumble

I came across an interesting and somewhat disturbing blog post today, written by Lauren Dubinsky, "Have you been told you are causing men to stumble?" You can find the link to her blog post at the bottom of my post. In any case, after reading it, I wanted to write a response and rebuttal to her view.

To start off, I wanted to say that I understand where she's coming from to a point. It's very hard, and sometimes upsetting to have to wear modest clothing, especially when all around us, at least in the Western world, we are surrounded by scantily clad women in the media, magazines, commercials, and the like. Unlike in the earlier days, tight butt-and-thigh hugging pants, low-cut shirts, revealing materials, and super short skirts and shorts are the "thing" now.

Worldly women will gladly take part in wearing such immodest clothes. We all know where their hearts and thoughts reside, and hint, it's not in Christ. Think about it. When they wear things that show off their bodies, what are they doing? Not only are they drawing the attention of the worldly men, who are for the most part seeking out women who are dressed in such a manner, but also the Godly men, who are trying to stay out of sexual sin. Yes, all of mankind are living in a fallen state (sin!), and as we are all aware, men are more easily drawn to sexual sin than women, for the most part.

Godly women have a different place and role. We are striving not to be worldly women, nor are we men (and as such, I should not be writing this post, as it is not my or any other woman's role to teach doctrinal issues). Why should we, given the fact that we are saved by grace through faith and Christ ALONE, want to continue to dress in such a way that would make us seem as worldly, unsaved women? Are we not to be set apart? Are we not to fight sin, and not touch it?

I strive to be a Godly woman. My husband informed me that I could be causing men to stumble, because I was wearing tight pants. I found that I can still look beautiful while dressing modest. Showing more skin, or revealing more curve, does not constitute more beauty! 

How we dress can and does affect our witness. If I was dressed with a short skirt and my breasts hanging out, how do I differ from the worldly girl beside me, dressed exactly the same as me? 

Men are sinners, and women are sinners. It is a sin for a man to look lustfully at a woman, but dear woman friends, how can they look at us with lust if we are covered and dressed modestly? Do we really want to [help] cause men to stumble?? What is the purpose of looking sexy if not to do that very thing? 

It is up to you if you want to wear something that will catch the eye of a passerby. It is also up to you to wear something that will not. It is up to you (and your husband, or if your single, your friends) to determine what is modest, and what is not.

What do you want to do, really? 
Would it be pleasing to God for us to flaunt our bodies with immodest dress? Would it be acceptable to Him?
At the end of the day, we live our lives in a way that would be pleasing to God. 
He will judge us all one day. 

Please utilize the Bible (KJV or NKJV in conjunction with KJV) for further reading:
1 Timothy 2
Proverbs 7
1 Corinthians 6

As I mentioned earlier, here is the link to Lauren Dubinsky's post on this subject:

Satellite Map of Canada

This is in conjunction to my last post, The Beauty of Creation, just to demonstrate the geographical differences across Canada. As an added bonus, I found a picture that included some of the United States (and even Greenland), so you can compare the countries and how different they are, even though they are on the same land mass! (Although I'm pretty sure Greenland is not attached to the Canada/United States land mass, however, it's quite close.)

The Beauty of Creation

It's been a while since my last post, and I apologize for that!

Continuing on...

Although the world we live in now is tainted by sin (refer to my last post for further reading on that...), the core of it is beautiful. Take fallen man out of the equation, and the remainder is just sheer beauty.

Let's just take a quick look at Canada (I'm using here as an example because, well, I've been here all my life). The East Coast and the Atlantic Provinces have their own beauty, being along the Atlantic ocean, with various hills and valleys, and plenty of untouched wilderness. The Canadian Shield located on Northern-ish central Canada, where many lakes, rivers, rocks, small mountains, and such are spread across the region. Then of course the Interior Plains, or the Prairies in central Canada, has vast, flat lands, where wheat and other farmers' fields are spread across as far as the eye can see. Going more west is the Cordillera. Just amazing mountains and very rough terrain. It's raw, untouched beauty is nothing less than breathtaking.

This is just one country, out of how many! There is an entire world to be looked at. I will not get into a geography lesson of the planet, however, it should be noted that there is just an endless array of geographical variety in every corner in the world. Just standing on a scenic outlook spot off of the Trans-Canada highway can have you seriously think about our God, and thank Him for what He's made and has let us enjoy.

To even write God off, and to think that there is no God at all, is just appalling. Not only to believers, but to God Himself. How can a person look at where we are, and say, "this is all by chance." Believe me, this is not by chance. Not by a long shot.

We should all be giving the credit to where it's due, and that is to God.

I recently read the History of Creation, Genesis 1-2, and was reminded yet again that we are not here by accident. The majority of Westerners, however, will have you think that we are. The science that is being labelled as fact (Evolution, The Big Bang Theory, and any other dreamed up fantasy of there not being a God), and being taught in our schools is just a huge scheme. No one wants to have a higher authority over their head. No one wants to be accountable to anyone but themselves. Everyone wants to live by their fleshly wants and desires, and not have any boundaries. And the lie being taught to everyone today allows for that. If there is no God, then we are allowed to make up our own morals as we go along.


Anyhow, I didn't mean to take this post into this direction. I just wanted to reiterate how beautiful God's creation is. In specific to this post, the land we live on. No, not our houses, but the land our houses are built on. Wherever we live, may it be up in the freezing Canadian Arctic, or in the Tropical Amazon Forest, the land around us is beautiful in it's own way. It didn't just come about by accident. God made it, and made it for a reason. Take a moment to thank God for it, and to give Him the credit.

What an amazing God.