Tuesday, February 20, 2007

The Rebelution 'Modesty Survey' Results

Start here(after you read my post, of course!) to read an overview of the Survey Results. It will help you interpret what the survey statements were intended to provide.
Then click on "Browse Results" on the top of the page and click on a category that is of interest to you.
For example, I clicked on "Posture/Movement" and read the following Agree/Disagree statement: "A girl bending over and exposing her lower back is a stumbling block."
According to the survey results, 46.3% of the guys agreed with that statement, while 17.3% strongly agreed. The rest fell into "neutral", "disagree", and "strongly disagree" categories. A few of the written responses by the guys include:
Age 19
--Yes, a bit. I love it when a lady places her hand behind her to cover her lower back. I think that is so thoughtful!
Age 18
--Girls should try to avoid clothing that would allow this to happen. But guys also need to work on simply looking away if this is a problem.
Age 20
--It does not necessarily mean that I would imply immodesty upon that person, because such breaches are usually 'accidental' and I would avert my eyes. But don't think it's ok to keep on doing it carelessly.

This kind of openness among Christian guys and girls, men and women is helpful in producing a healthy awareness of what it means to be modest without engaging in a legalistic judgmental fear regarding dress and demeanor.
In today's culture, modesty is an area in which Christians have the opportunity to be markedly different.
Take some time to read the results. Pursuing modesty and purity are commands of Scripture which God has called both men and women to obey.
"As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do."
--1 Peter 1:14,15

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