Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Feminine Dress

A couple weeks ago I came across a radio broadcast done by Elizabeth Elliot on Feminine Dress (this I imagine, was done many years ago) and enjoyied it thoroughly that I though I'd share some of it with you:
Jesus said, "Come to Me all of you who are weary and overburdened and I will give you rest. Put on My yoke and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls, for My yoke is easy and My burden is light."This is your friend Elisabeth Elliot, talking with you today about an older woman's mandate. We've been emphasizing during this week the matter which we older women are responsible to teach younger women, and that is the matter of modesty.The Bible says that we are to have a reputation for gentleness, that we are not to be accused of busybodying. That's one of the things that makes us very hesitant to accept the responsibility that we have before God as older women to help younger women to be gentle, to be feminine, to be reverent in the way they live, self-controlled and pure, so that no one will malign-- which means to defame or to speak evil of--the Word of God. That's all in Titus 2:3-5. Older women must themselves be reverent in the way they live, self-controlled and pure, so that no one will malign the Word of God.I do want to say a word about dress under this heading. Does a Christian woman dress differently from the rest of the world? Well, not in the way of drawing attention to herself by being very frumpy or extremely stylish, but I would say in being conservative, in being modest in dress. One of the arguments that women give me about wearing slacks is that they think slacks are much more comfortable. Of course, they're more comfortable if you're riding horseback or doing something extremely athletic. But I think there are plenty of women who would agree with me that skirts are, in some ways, much more comfortable. Do you have any skirts at all? Just plain cotton skirts, or even a denim skirt? I'm not saying you have to be dressed up. I was talking to a group of women recently at a conference and they said, "But we don't need to dress up all the time, do we?" I'm saying, "No. I'm not suggesting you should dress up. What I would like to see is a move toward those things which are distinctly feminine."
Read the full article here: http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Hills/9684/feminine.html

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