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Saturday, September 5, 2015

Modesty & Double Standards

 I know, modesty is one of the most talked about issues. You've heard everything on it, but I feel like it needs to be reminded of again, because I'm not sure how modesty has been talked about so much and yet nothing is being done to maintain that within the Church.

The other day I sat in my faculty meeting as I listened to the principal discuss the importance of addressing the dress code. Now this was a dress code for homeschoolers, so you'd think that dress codes wouldn't be a big deal. But the common issue was students wearing short shorts and leggings without a covering. And interestingly enough, the principal said that shorts above the knee and leggings worn by themselves or had a cover above the knee were "not appropriate." And everyone agreed, as did I. What I cannot understand is that a Christian organization deems those to be inappropriate, yet why do I see Christians wearing these things?

Shouldn't this be clear cut? The Old Testament speaks of the clothing the priests were supposed to wear, and it mentions that they were to cover up their thighs. Now this was a dress code for men, not for women. And if God wanted their thighs to be covered up, how much more women? Not only that, but the skin tight clothing items are a big deal as well. When a woman wears leggings and isn't covering her bottom or her thighs, that's very distracting and extremely inappropriate. If God wanted us to show the outline and form of our bodies we wouldn't be wearing bottoms- just tops. This isn't just an issue for women though, because men are now into this too, not with leggings but other very skinny jeans. Tight bottoms are never a good idea for men or women who profess to be Christians.

Another thing that has been bothering me is that a lot of people I know before they are married have conservative clothing standards, and then all of a sudden, after marriage, they throw those out the window and you see them wearing bikinis, going around shirtless (men), wearing short shorts, and just inappropriate clothing in general. It's as if they didn't learn anything from their parents rules. It was more of, "I can now do whatever I want, so I am!" It's a very poor testimony.

Why are Christian brides allowed to wear strapless dresses but somehow that's inappropriate to wear in any other setting, especially in church? Why are Christian women allowed to wear short shorts and tube tops to the beach or even tankinis, but it's wrong to wear short shorts and tube tops outside of that setting? How are 50's swimsuits (which basically covers up the midriff and a couple inches of the thigh, but still show cleavage and lots of leg) okay to wear or any different from a bikini?

Does anyone realize that our standards have been warped? It's very disappointing and discouraging to me. And no, you don't have to wear shirts that button up to your neck. You don't have to look like you came out of the 1800s or any other era that was somewhat modest according to today's standards.You don't have to "say no to sleeveless." You can wear certain things within reason. Just be aware of what you're wearing and if it's appropriate or not. Christ died to give us new life, not so we could continue living and looking like the world.

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