Does God Really Care What Miss California and You and I Wear?

We’ve received a number of emails at Revive Our Hearts over the past couple of days from women who are confused by Christian media’s seemingly wholehearted embrace of Carrie Prejean as a Christian role model. While believing women applaud her courageous defense of traditional marriage at the recent Miss USA Pageant, they ask:

How can a woman who appears nearly naked on a national stage be a spokesperson for Christian values?

I do not feel she is the proper role model for my granddaughters. Am I being a prude or missing something here?

What do you think? Does God really care what we as women wear? I mean, I know He’s passionate about our holiness, but does that seriously have implications on our wardrobe?  

As a teen, holiness was irrelevant to me. I had a desire to please God, but I didn’t think dressing immodestly was a big deal. Obviously, it was to my parents, but they just seemed to be stuck back in the dark ages anyway.

It took me several years to grow into an understanding of the 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 “great exchange” that took place when I asked Jesus to rescue me from my sins:

Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body (emphasis added).

When we embrace the truth that Jesus wore our sinful robe to the cross so we could wear His righteous robe, we make the “great exchange” and become a daughter of the King of kings! From then on everything we do, say, and wear should reflect who our Father is.

As His daughters, there are three foundational principles that should affect the way we dress, as found in Nancy Leigh DeMoss’ booklet, Does God Really Care What I Wear?:

1. Ownership: My body does not belong to me; it belongs to God.
2. Lordship: Jesus is Lord over all. (God has the right to regulate every area of our lives—including what we eat, drink, and wear.)
3. Citizenship: I belong to a different kingdom. (That means everything about us should reflect our real home.)


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About the Author

Paula Marsteller

Paula Marsteller

Paula has served with Revive Our Hearts for thirteen years. She is the author of Confessions of a Boy-Crazy Girl: On Her Journey from Neediness to Freedom. There's nothing she loves to share more than the gospel-centered truths that have so transformed her own life: what it means on a daily basis to be "dead to sin, alive to God, and in Christ Jesus." Paula, Trevor, and their son, Iren, make their home in New York.