So we’ve made it through eight posts, covering different information about modesty than many were expecting. I won’t do another summary of what’s come before, except to say that I’ve argued at length that “modesty”, in the Bible, has more to do with general demeanor and flaunting wealth than it has to do with dressing inappropriately. For a more in depth summary, I’ll refer my readers to the previous post.
I closed off the last post by pointing out the obvious: I hadn’t yet addressed what would be considered standard “modesty” fare…namely talking about women who dress in clothes that flaunt their culturally-afforded fashion rights. Today, that’s where we’re going; starting with the American Constitution.
Many women think modesty talk has to do with utilizing the right to bare arms…or more specifically stopping at the arms. When it comes to typical “modesty” discussions, the conversation often runs in one of three directions:
a. Guidelines to help someone determine just what a woman is allowed to bare before she crosses the line into “immodest”
b. Trying to find explicit statements about baring/not baring specific things (knees, thighs, shoulders, etc.) in the Bible that are questionably there.
c. Talking about frustrations related to how men can’t control themselves, no matter what a girl covers up…or how girls constantly get blamed for someone else’s sin.
Seeing that my summary of b reveals my opinion about that (rather obviously), and seeing that I’ve already taken a rather thorough look at the directly relevant scriptures in the previous posts, I’m going to leave that one as already dealt with sufficiently. The Bible doesn’t directly talk about how many inches above/below the knee a skirt should be, or whether or not women can wear pants (and yes, I know about Deuteronomy 22:5). People who claim otherwise are exegetical hacks. The Bible does give direction on issues of what a woman can or cannot bare, but not specific guidelines regarding styles of clothing or units of measure regarding clothing length.
That leaves a and c, so let’s get rolling. Continue Reading…