This is part 3 of our swimsuit series!
Bathing suits. This topic can be so very confusing in regards to modesty. On one hand, most ladies (Christians included) go with the flow of cultural influences and wear what everyone else is wearing without really giving it much thought. On the other hand, some Christians do not swim with mixed-gender groupings, or wear a suit that basically covers them from head to toe. What is a Christian lady to do?
First of all, I would like to say up front that your convictions will not likely match my convictions about this topic. This is something that every lady must decide for herself. Secondly, I would like to implore you to please seek out the scriptures and pray about what swimsuit that the Lord would like you to wear. It might seem like a silly topic to pray about, but modesty is important. We do not want to wear something that might cause a brother in Christ to have sinful thoughts, which would be sin on our part.
To a large part, we allow culture to shape our convictions. We believe in the Bible, but sometimes we decide to not follow it’s teachings if we deem them to not be “culturally relevant.” Sisters, this is wrong, and we can’t allow this to happen!
After much prayer and seeking the scriptures, let’s answer these questions.
What does fabric weave have to do with it?
This is when most people begin talking about bikinis. They say, “If you would not wear your bra and underwear in public, why would you wear a bikini?” This is a valid point! But I’d like to take it one step further.
Many ladies will wear a top like this along with underwear in the privacy of their own bedroom, but would never wear it in public. This top along with underwear resembles an average one-piece bathing suit. Does the fabric-type of swimwear (cotton v. spandex), suddenly make this style modest enough to wear in public?
Now the above tank top and shorts style is something that most women do feel comfortable to wear in public to exercise in. If after prayer you feel that this outfit is perfectly acceptable to wear in public while not swimming, then something of this nature would be an acceptable swimsuit.
But what if in “normal” life you truly feel like your shirt must have sleeves? Or that your legs should be covered to your knees? If this is so, please do not compromise your modesty standards just to go swimming. There are swimwear alternatives that will work for you!
What does age have to do with it?
If we are a Christian, we should be modeling appropriate dress for other Christians who are younger than us and for our daughters. That being said, if after prayer and seeking the scriptures you feel like certain swimwear is entirely appropriate for your young girls, go with it. Here are a few examples.
If you do not have any problem with your infant daughter wearing this in public, than a one-piece swimsuit with similar coverage would work for your baby girl.
Gymnastics is a favorite pastime for many of our daughters. My 12-year-old daughter was a level 8 gymnast two years ago until ankle tendonitis, very long gym hours, and the move of her coach caused her to quit. I had no problem allowing her to wear a leotard because it was for safety reasons. If your daughter is in gymnastics and she does not yet wear a cover-up to leave the gym then a standard one piece should be fine. If she does wear a cover-up to leave and be seen once more by the general public, than you possibly should consider a swimsuit with more coverage.
Why all the rules?
Honestly, there aren’t many cut and dry rules here. My hope is that you respect your body and your brothers in Christ enough to make sure any private areas are fully covered. Other than that, my prayer is that we all look to the Lord instead of to our culture when we choose our swimwear. If you would normally not wear certain things in public, then swimming is not an excuse to do so. Yes, our culture does influence our choice of colors, fabrics, and styles, but let’s not let it influence our choice of coverage.
In the next post in this series I will be linking to resources of swimwear with more coverage than the average suit. Hope to see you then!
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