How on earth does a passage about the Holy Spirit relate to modesty and the way I choose to dress? Re-read the first line, “your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit”. Although the surrounding passage talks about sexual immorality, being a temple of the Holy Spirit is about the whole person (and that sounds way too New Age-y for me). So while I do agree with Paul’s stance on sex, I’d like to think about what being a temple means for modesty.
Temples are religious buildings. That much is obvious. Therefore, they deserve to be treated with respect and dignity. If you follow the logic, then surely it figures that we should treat our bodies with respect. And to me, modest dressing comes under that. For if we are to ‘glorify God in [our] body’ then the way we appear to the world shows how God is glorified. And that includes dressing to honour God. For myself, that includes not dressing to show lots of flesh or to provoke ideas of lust and sex. Yes, dress in a way that is proud of your sexuality but don’t flaunt it. God made us to be sexual beings but He did not intend for us to flaunt and manipulate it. Particularly when we have been given His Spirit. So dressing in a way that is proud to be the person you were created to be without manipulating the gifts God has given is one way of living out 1 Corinthians 6 v 19-20.