V is for Vashti: A Challenge to Modesty
—Dr. Woodrow Kroll
Super Bowl XXXVIII was one of the most exciting post-season NFL games ever. But the antics at the MTV- produced half time show overshadowed a great game. Many believe that exposing Janet Jackson’s breast on international television brought the plummeting morality of the industry to a new low.
Date: 5th Century BC
Identification: Persian queen refused to exhibit herself during drunken feast
Story Line: Vashti proved to be a pagan with some backbone
Read it in the Bible: Esther 1:1-22
Throughout history women have had to make difficult choices between modesty and popularity. No one displayed more courage in making that choice than did Queen Vashti. She was the beautiful queen of King Ahasuerus (Xerxes 1) who reigned over one hundred twenty-seven provinces from India to Ethiopia.
When the king sponsored a weeklong feast at his citadel place at Shushan, he commanded his queen be brought before him wearing the royal crown. But the king and his friends were drunk and Vashti refused. The reason for her refusal is not given in the text, but the Persian historian Herodotus notes that she feared her dignity amidst the drunken men. The Jewish Talmud also suggests that modesty was the issue. Apparently Vashti refused the king’s invitation because she would not stoop to exposing herself in front of these drunken men.
Ever since Adam and Eve sinned and discovered the nakedness, God has been putting clothes on people, and satan has been tempting people to take them off. But the Bible says, Women are to adorn themselves in modest apparel (1 Timothy 2:9), and there seems to be a direct correlation between spiritual maturity and modesty.
It takes moral courage to dress in an appropriate way, but that courage never escapes the notice of God. Plan your wardrobe today as you would plan your life, knowing that you have a loving Father to please.
Confident Living Magazine