This morning I read a post on Sharon Hodde Miller’s blog written by her husband Ike titled Immodesty and Lust: A Man’s Perspective. Both Ike and Sharon are pursuing PhD’s at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Ike has some really good things to say about immodesty and lust. Here are a few excerpts.
As our friend pointed out, there is a glaring inconsistency in the church, one that allows men to make judgments about the modesty of women without confessing and repenting of their own complicit lust in the process. Instead, a woman is accused of immodesty and shamed, all by virtue of the fact that a man has lusted after her; however, the man who engaged in lust does not experience the same public shame. In fact, he is sometimes considered praiseworthy for addressing such a “threat” to the community.
Ike then hits on the nature of lust.
No doubt, there is truth to the statement that all men lust, but it is a truth about the condition of the heart, not a women’s clothing. Rather than portray men as helplessly prone to lust, it would be more accurate to describe lust as an ever-pressing temptation to all men, a temptation that requires great vigilance and discipline of mind. The failure of men to diligently address this temptation has led to the false conclusion that all men are incapable of resisting the temptation entirely.
I encourage you to read the whole thing here.