Carey Lewis Devotions
Saturday, October 13th, 2012
Tough Questions For Christian Performers (Part 7)
Skimpy Clothes
I want women to adorn themselves with proper clothing, modestly and discreetly, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly garments, but rather by means of good works, as is proper for women making a claim to godliness.
1 Timothy 2:9-10 (NAS)
I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. Now this I do for the Gospel's sake.
1 Corinthians 9:22-23 (NKJV)
On her 'I Am Second' video, former supermodel Kathy Ireland says, 'I started modeling at 18, traveling alone. But I really wasn't.' Significantly, the Spirit-filled believer became famous as a swimsuit model. She was on the cover of Sports Illustrated 3 times and booked their fashion editorials for 13 consecutive years.

Kathy Ireland now heads a 1.9 billion dollar company that employs thousands and gives back millions. She is a Christian role model with worldwide influence. But she wore skimpy clothes for years.

Tough Question #7: Should actors, models, and talent for Christ wear skimpy clothes to fit into today's culture?

Would the supermodel turned super mogul be a mighty star for God if she refused to wear a bikini? Only God knows, but she lived the words of Paul in 1 Corinthians 9:19-23. She joined the culture, but remembered God.

Does that mean that actors, models, and talent for Christ should wear skimpy clothes to get a job? Not necessarily! The Ultimate Fashion Designer must be consulted on every audition. The degree of 'skimpy' and integrity of the photographer, agent, client, movie, show, video, or magazine should also be considered.

Fashion photographer Glynis Carpenter says, 'Even in a bikini models have the power to choose poses that protect their modesty.'

Consider another example: In early 2012 a successful model named Kylie Bisutti became convicted by God to cover up. She resigned from her dream job with Victoria's Secret and made international news. Reporters were intrigued by her faith-based decision. Kylie was raised up in a secular world to speak about modesty and setting a good example.

But like many undercover stars in the Bible, God placed Kylie into a prominent position first.

Bottom line: If skimpy clothes are the 'uniform' in certain fields of entertainment, ask your Commander if this is the right field and the right decision at the right time.

When given a choice, opt in for trend-setting modesty or cultural classics. Be hip but do it better! 'He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear {or bare}. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out' (1 Corinthians 10:13).

To Be Continued...

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Tough Questions For Christian Performers series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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