This guest post was written by Athelas.
A million miles away from where most of us live, there is a little girl who lives on her
If she were to stand up, you would be able to see every bone in her body, but she does
She just sits there, eyes staring blankly at nothing, her legs pulled up to her chest and
her arms wrapped tightly around them.
She is waiting for death to come.
She is around seven years old, but her body is small enough that she could be
mistaken for a two year old because of malnutrition. Nothing protects her skin from the
elements. There is no food to fill her empty body.
This is one of the forgotten children.
Clothes have always been an important part of every culture and people group. “Wear
bright clothes; don’t wear bright clothes. Wear more; wear less.”
For the modern Christian girl though, it has become more than that. It is about being
modest and being beautiful at the same time.
And it has become a trap.
Do not misunderstand me: this comes from a girl who prefers long sleeved shirts that
reach her collar-bone and skirts several inches below her knees.
But it would take very little effort to find a girl who has spent more than a hundred
dollars on clothes this past year, and has given up nothing to the children who so
desperately need help.
The girl I mentioned earlier is not fictional. She is real. She is hurting, she is dying,
she is now.
Why, when food, water, and clothing are not even an option for some, is a major
part of the Christian world obsessed with clothes?
There is nothing wrong with wanting to be modest and beautiful. I do not ask you
to abandon your standards or conform to the patterns of this world.
But is it worth the life of a child?
If we put half the effort we put into “beautiful modesty” into the lives of these
children, how many of them could we save?
I do not speak to condemn you, nor to judge you, for I too do the same thing. I only
ask you—I beg you—examine yourselves. Do not forget these children who are dying in
favor of remembering clothes.
This is what the world does.
This is not what the children of God do.
“She opens her arms to the poor, and extends her hands to the needy.” Proverbs 31:20
“Then he will say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, you who are cured, into the
eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave Me
nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave Me nothing to drink I was a stranger and you
did not invite me in I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison
and you did not look after Me.’
They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or
needing clothes, or sick or in prison and did not help You?’
He will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for the least of these, you
did not do for Me.’” Matthew 25:41 – 46
This post was written by Athelas. 🙂 She blogs over at A Wayfaring Stranger. Thank you so much, Athelas! 🙂