Your Nike Shorts Aren’t Modest

“For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes. 

A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh. And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? 

Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. 

But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.”-Luke 6:43-49

Hey guys, summer is coming up, if you haven’t noticed by how increasingly harder it is to find shirts that aren’t missing their lower halves and jeans that don’t have rips all the way up your thighs.

With summer also comes an increase of immodesty, sadly even from members of the church.

I’ve already written a post about immodesty, which you can read here, but since this is an ever reoccurring issue, I thought I should write another post, perhaps this one more blunt, hence the title.

Modesty, it’s a very vague word and definition for many people as I went over in my last post. Today, I’m going to be very direct, I think a lot of people choose to not infer and apply certain scriptures and implicit commands to their lives so they can use the excuse of ignorance, but this post will lay it all out so you, dear sisters (and brothers, perhaps! Modesty applies to both girls AND boys) will leave this blog today with zero excuse.

So, if you want to honor God by obeying His word in every aspect of your life, please read on.

To make it perfectly clear, as already stated in the title of this post, your Nike shorts aren’t modest.

Your shorts that go above your knees aren’t modest (I’m looking at both guys and girls here).

Your yoga pants aren’t modest.

Your skin tight athletic wear isn’t modest.

Your bikinis and one pieces aren’t modest.

Your crop tops aren’t modest.

Your jeans with the rips past your knees aren’t modest.

Your low cut dresses and shirts aren’t modest.

Your short dresses and skirts aren’t modest.

I’m sure you get the point by now.

At this point, I’m sure you either agree with me or are slightly upset and thinking, “Grace, who are you to define what is modest and appropriate and what isn’t? Who are you to tell me what to wear?”

I understand where you’re coming from, I felt the same defensive, indignation when I first was told my clothing wasn’t modest, but I didn’t define modesty, God did.

Which brings us to probably your next question:

What does the Bible say about modesty? 


A popular and often used verse is 1 Timothy 2:9:

“In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array”

  • Shamefacedness: a face that can blush, immodesty, or being immodest should shock you.
  • Sobriety: Control, clear judgment.
  • Broided hair: oftentimes women would braid gold into their hair to show off their wealth, other times they wore gold to advertise that they were selling their bodies.

All in all, this verse seems pretty vague on the standard of modesty, right?

That’s because modesty had already been defined in the old testament, the people hearing this didn’t need a definition for modesty, they already had one.

Gen 3:7 tells us about Adam and Eve realized that they were naked, thus they made “aprons” for themselves.

  • Chagowr means a loin covering, basically, they covered their private parts.

In verses 9-10, Adam and Eve knew that they were still naked and hid from the Lord.
In verse 21, the Lord made them coats and clothed them.

  • Kethoneth, a tunic, a coat that covered from the shoulders to the knees.

In Isa 47:2, it talks about bringing shame by “making bare the leg, uncover the thigh”. This should bring shame on anyone because it is immodest, and thus nakedness.

In John 21:7, it talks about Peter fishing naked but putting on his coat when he spotted Jesus on the shore to swim to him.
The word for naked that was used is “gymnos” which means “undergarments or clothing that didn’t cover your shoulders and went to your knees”.

I’m not saying that this dismantles the whole “swimming in fewer clothes is okay because it’s swimming” argument… well, actually, I am. Because it does.

There are more verses that talk about clothing and they are:

Lev 16:4, 2 Sam 10:4, Exo 20:26, 1 Thess 4:4, Proverbs  7:10, Proverbs 11:22

I would greatly encourage anyone to study these verses.

In my old modesty post, after I wrote this definition, I wrote that if you know better, do better.

This applies today too, if you’ve read this post all the way through, congratulations! You know better, now you have the choice to honor and obey God by doing better.

As Christians, we need to obey God, immodesty is a sin, and we cannot keep on sinning.

“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?  Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?  Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”-Romans 6:1-6

“…in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.”-2 Thessalonians 1:8-10 

8 thoughts on “Your Nike Shorts Aren’t Modest

  1. I really appreciate you bringing out these Scripture passages about modesty. Sadly, I think this is an area Christians have shrugged off and decided there’s no clear Biblical answer. Thank you for sharing and reminding me of God’s truth ❤

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    1. Thank you! I agree with you, many people claim to not be “convicted” but we are convicted by the word of God/when we hear the truth (Acts 2:37 and many other examples), not our own emotions or personal opinions, which is where a lot of people get confused.
      Thank you for reading!

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  2. I agree with your standards/interpretations of scripture, I always try to wear shirts/dresses that aren’t low cut, and shorts/dresses that at least reach my knees. Also, super tight-fitting clothing is a NO also. 🙂

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  3. I don’t agree with everything you said here, but I admire your honesty and courage to write what you believe. I do believe that Christians are called to be modest — but I don’t believe that all the Old Testament laws still apply, so in the same way that we don’t sacrifice on altars or observe the Sabbath (I mean, it’s fine to observe the Sabbath, but not required), we don’t have to follow the OT rules for modesty.

    I also believe that individual Christians (or denominations) may disagree on certain parts of Biblical teaching, and that doesn’t make them not Christian (because salvation comes by God’s grace, not our actions and interpretations). So if I see a friend wearing clothing I wouldn’t wear, I understand that we may disagree on that issue, and I don’t let it stop me from being their friend and witnessing Christ to them through my modest clothing and actions.

    I debated posting this comment, but I’ll just go ahead and do it because it’s true. Again, thanks for sharing your perspective. I respect you and your beliefs even though I don’t 100% agree, and I love reading your blog!

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    1. Hello, thank you for your kind words and for expressing your views so nicely, it’s greatly appreciated and respected. :))
      You are correct in the fact that we are no longer under the Old Testament, however, just as how some of the ten commandments were reinstated in the New Testament, so were other principles like modesty. Galatians 3:24 describes the old law as our schoolmaster, there’s still application and examples to be found in it, even Jesus uses the Old Testament to show morals (Matthew 5:38). Through this logic, we can understand that when something like modesty is brought up in the New Testament, we can look to the Old Testament to find the definition for it, because it hasn’t changed, if it had, we would have been told in the New Testament. The reason we don’t observe the sabbath and other things like that is because they weren’t brought over into the New Law unlike modesty, not lying, loving others, etc.

      I believe that like Ephesians 4 says that there is only one truth, and that is God’s word. We know disunity isn’t what He wants (1 Corinthians 1:10-13) and from that we can come to the conclusion that we should all be in unity over the Word of God, this means we must rightly divide it as 2 Timothy 2:15 says. Everything we need to know is in God’s word and we should be in unity over that.

      Thank you again for your kind words, I hope my reply helped shed some more light on why I believe what I believe biblically.

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  4. I really try to be modest but sometimes it is embarrassing cause everyone else is wearing short shorts. (my mom doesn’t like short shorts tho) I try to be modest but it is hard.
    I wear shorts that go to my fingertips is that immodest?

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