Itâ€™s been the season of weddings, and while there is much cause for rejoicing at these festive events, I have left depressed and grieved more than once. At nearly every wedding, these Christian women who consistently were dressed in an extremely revealing manner, to the point that I was very embarrassed for my brothers. Well respected pastor of The Bible Church of Little Rock, Todd Murray writes: â€œLadies, please donâ€™t forget to apply these principles of modesty to formal events and weddings. In recent years, I have become increasingly grieved by the immodest dresses of both brides and bridesmaids at the weddings that I officiate. I have observed a number of young ladies in our fellowship who have dressed modestly all their lives appearing on their wedding day in extremely provocative dresses, exposing more of themselves than on any other day of their lives. I assume the best about what is going on in the hearts of these young women. I donâ€™t think that they went to the wedding dress shop determined to be provocative. No doubt, they just wanted a dress that would be elegant on this day that they have dreamed of all their lives. When a bride and mother set out on their expedition to find a wedding dress, they are, quite naturally, thinking likeâ€¦ women! Unfortunately, there is no one in the shop who is thinking like a man! Iâ€™d like to make a radical proposal, girls. Why not take your father with you to the wedding boutique? If that thought is just too much for you (or your Dad!) at least consider taking the dress out on approval and allowing your dad to see it before you make your final purchase. Here are a couple of questions to ask yourself when shopping for a wedding or bridesmaidâ€™s dress: -Does this dress reflect the fact that a wedding ceremony is a holy service of worship and not a fashion show? -Can I picture myself standing in this dress, for an extended period of time, just a few feet from my pastor as he opens the Word of God and leads me in my solemn vows?â€ I know the challenges of finding a modest wedding gown, but with time, planning and a bit of searching it can be done. My sister Lindsay got married in a beautiful gown: here. My dad gave his approval of her gown and I must say, she was stunning. Here are a few helpful guidelines to aid you in your future dress shopping: (provided by author and blogger Carolyn Mahaney) 1. Find a wedding dress with a neckline that completely conceals any cleavage. 2. Avoid dresses without sufficient covering in the back. 3. Strapless gowns or dresses with only spaghetti straps are revealing and thus do not serve the men in attendance at your wedding. 4. A modest gown should not be excessively tight and draw unnecessary attention to your figure. I hope this serves you in your pursuit of modesty in every area. As always, please be on guard against the temptation to judge and condemn those who choose to dress differently. If you think a bride is dressed immodestly, her wedding day is not the appropriate occasion to comment on her dress. Simply rejoice with her in the goodness of God displayed in her marriage.
I have been very impressed by what I have read by Christa Taylor and wanted to challenge you to read her blog and check out her fashion page. All you have to do is click on the links that you just read over. The following article came from her blog. The clothes on her web page look great and I hope you will check them out. Then notice all that she writes on her blog. I saw several very excellent articles. You are not alone as you seek to please God in your lifestyle and dress.