Yes, I’m talking to you church girls today. I expect the girls who don’t know Jesus to flaunt their cleavage. But you? Shouldn’t you know better? Shouldn’t you at least know better than to wear swooping neck lines and push up bras… to church?
Well, just in case you don’t know better here it is:
Yes, it is hard to find clothes that cover the girls appropriately. I know, I’ve been striving for modesty in a non-modest culture for 22 years.
Yes, men are lured by your breasts. I mean some guys couldn’t look you in the eyes if you covered them in a burlap sack. (Yes, fellas, we can tell when you are staring. Our face and our breasts are located in different hemispheres.)
Yes, it gives you power when they are hypnotized by your fruitful endowment.
Yes, it feels good to get attention for your assets.
Yes, God expects you to keep that for one man, your husband (Prov 5:19).
Yes, God expects you to throw out the clothes that expose too much (Hosea 2:2).
But even more, breasts are holy. Really. The Hebrew word for breast is shad. That’s shad as is El Shaddai, the Hebrew name of God meaning All-sufficient. God chose to reveal himself as a nurturing, maternal God, especially to the patriarchs Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. And he used breasts to do that.
When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am El-Shaddai—‘God Almighty.’ Serve me faithfully and live a blameless life. Gen. 17:1
Because of the El of your father who helps you, because of the Shadday who gives you… blessings from breasts and womb. Gen 49:25 (NOG).
Elohim spoke to Moses, “I am Yahweh. I appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as El Shadday. Ex. 6:3
Ladies, get did you get that? We bear the image of God in our breasts. You might be getting creeped out by that, but I think it’s pretty awesome. There is something sacred in the nourishment that we provide for babies, comfort to children and refuge to our husbands. We shouldn’t be exposing our breasts carelessly. We should be treasuring the sacredness of God we carry in our bodies. God describes this sanctity in terms of his relationship to Israel:
I made you grow like a plant in the field. You grew up, matured, and became a young woman. Your breasts developed, and your hair grew. Yet, you were naked and bare.
I went by you again and looked at you. You were old enough to make love to. So I spread my robe over you, and covered your naked body. I promised to love you, and I exchanged marriage vows with you. You became mine, declares Adonay Yahweh. Ezk. 16:7-8 (NOG).
The bosom of God is something holy and protected. Just as God said “secret things belong to the LORD our God” (Dt. 29:29), there are things about us girls, that should be a secret. There are pieces of our bodies and heart that one man, who pursues us and is willing to enter a covenant with us, should get.
So church girls, stop showing your breasts.
This is what the Lord says:
“I will give Jerusalem a river of peace and prosperity.
The wealth of the nations will flow to her.
Her children will be nursed at her breasts,
carried in her arms, and held on her lap.
I will comfort you there in Jerusalem
as a mother comforts her child.” Isa. 66:12-13
Check out Jarrid Wilson’s 4 Reasons Modest is Hottest for another take on modesty from a guy’s point of view.