Okay ladies! Swimsuit season is in full swing. Here in Germany…it honestly just started about two days ago. And of course, every year comes up the topic of the bikini. This year, Jessica Rey of Rey Swimwear has everyone buzzing about the Evolution of the Bikini.
I, personally, have never worn a bikini. A tankini, of course, but no bikinis for me. This is not a religious conviction or because I am such a good girl. It is pure insecurity about my body and doing whatever it takes to cover it up! But, I hope, that even without this insecurity I would still be so convicted to be modest.
I love this article from Made In His Image on the subject and I’d like to expand on it.
I would like specifically to speak to some of the comments on this article and many others like it. It seems that when the issue of modesty comes up, many people jump immediately on the defense, saying that lines of reasoning that require women to be modest and think about the way they dress are the same lines of thinking that lead us to say that scantily clad women had it coming when they were raped.
Woah. Hold it right there.
That is a big step from wanting to encourage modesty in all women to women who dress immodestly deserve what they get.
We are missing the point.
The point is that the only person in this entire world that you can control is yourself.
End of story. You can help, you can influence, you can support others. But the only person you have power over is you.
In other words, it’s not your responsibility what a rapist does, or what other cultural norms are or what men do, or what other women do. It’s your responsibility what you do.
You have the right to do whatever you want to do. You are free. You are free to talk, dress, eat, decide, live in whatever way you see fit.
But take care that this right of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak.
1 Corinthians 8:9 (ESV)
Meaning: Freedom doesn’t absolve you from responsibility to your fellow human beings.
For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.
Galatians 5:13 (ESV)
So, when we are talking about the issue of modesty, who are you serving in the conversation? By jumping on the defense are you serving yourself or are you taking the time to seriously ask yourself how you can serve others in everything you do- including what you wear?
Therefore, if food makes my brother stumble, I will never eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble.
1 Corinthians 8:13 (ESV)
Check out this video by Rey Swimwear creator Jessica Rey for more thoughts on the issue.
I love her message and I love her goals with her swimwear line. Here are a couple of my favorites and up on the top of my wishlist!
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