Pastor Jeff Parks writes today about lust; not directed at our personal struggle with temptation but our role in tempting others. When reading Scripture we quickly learn the commands to love God first and others second. So taking a responsible look at how we might cause others to sin is a proper loving approach to our Christian walk.
Woe to the world for temptations to sin! For it is necessary that temptations come, but woe to the one by whom the temptation comes! And if your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life crippled or lame than with two hands or two feet to be thrown into the eternal fire. And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into the hell of fire. – Matthew 18:7-9
Are you an accessory to adultery? Do you play a role in men or women committing adultery with the clothing you wear? The 7th Commandment is – Thou shall not commit adultery. Jesus says that if look at a person with lustful intent he or she has already committed adultery in his/her heart (Matthew 5:27).
So does any of your clothing promote lust in others? Does any of your clothing suggest lustful intent? Do you look more like a godly man or woman or do you look like the sensual world? Stand in the mirror and honestly evaluate what you are wearing. Ask yourself, “Why am I wearing what I have on and could this, within reason, tempt anyone to have lustful thoughts?” Remember what Christ said, “Woe to the world for temptations to sin….” And what does He command in response to any sin…even the sin of being an accessory to adultery…bringing forth temptations? If your hand, your foot, your eyes cause you to sin, destroy them.
There MUST be a great element of humility in this ever growing problem in our society concerning dress. How tragic it is to hear Christians say, “If my clothing causes Jim Bob to lust, that is HIS problem.” While it is true that it is a problem for Jim Bob, do you not see the pride and self-centeredness of the one who says such unloving things? Know this, godly men and women hate sin and strive to put such sin to death (Romans 8:13 & 1 Peter 2:11). Godly men and women put others ahead of themselves…they desire that others rejoice in Christ because of them (Philippians 1:26)
So please, Brothers and Sisters in Christ, dress modestly out of love for others, out of love for one another, and most importantly out of love for Christ. And please, avoid the sin of SELF-justification.
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. – 1 Corinthians 10:31