Where is the Bishop when you need him? Years ago, Bishop T.D. Jakes ministered a series of sermons (that later turned into a conference) entitled, “Woman, Thou Art Loosed”. It was a freeing experience for women worldwide. In fact, he released a novel with the same name and later released a film. Needless to say, a lot of women were loosed in the process. Based on a passage found in Luke 13, Jakes used it to address various issues women face, including domestic violence and self-esteem.
I had someone ask a question about my “women and discretion” blog entry. “Brother John, What other areas do you think women should exercise discretion in?” Although I only mentioned discretion with respect to relationships, I believe that discretion needs to be operated in other areas of women’s lives. One such area is discretion in dress. I’m not archaic enough nor am I conservative enough to believe that women need to dress in drab and unappealing clothing. That’s not my approach, but I will mention one thing:
“Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful.” (1 Peter 3:2-5)
I know plenty of church folks who use this to say…no makeup, no rings, no earrings, no name brand clothes. Good for them. I’m not sure if this interpretation fully gets at what the author says. The New Testament is clear about gender equality and the freedom that each of us experience in Christ. So all that quiet, submissive, non-making up women stuff is for the birds. The problem this passage addresses the following: Many women in the first century church had taken their freedom a little bit too far and adopted a rather offensive form of dress.
I say all that to say…I hate leggings!
Let me amend that. I hate leggings when they are worn improperly (e.g. worn without a shirt not long enough to cover up the goods). Nobody wants to see a dog gone “High Definition” view of your behind, et. al. Maybe I’m an analog dude in a digital world, but I surely wouldn’t want my daughter wearing something that leaves absolutely nothing to the imagination. Call me a hater, call me whatever you want, but I can’t stand the things when they are worn in an improper manner. Leggings are not pants!!!! Gym wear, yoga wear, olympic athletes…fine. I understand. But by themselves with a midriff shirt….aint right! For those who abuse the privilege, in the indelible words of T.D. Jakes…please loose [those leggings] and let them go!!!