July 7, 2014 by AJ Briones
I just had this awesome realization that I would like to share with everyone. I have known this before but for some reason God has reminded me of it. This is something that both men and women should read and contemplate on.
I was having a conversation with some of my Christian friends about how our Churches were. It was a nice conversation when I heard something that really made me think. One of them said that in their Church, women wearing shorts was a big no-no; that women should not be allowed to wear shorts during worship services. I guess it was for a very obvious reason: Women are attractive physically as God has designed them and it would be so distracting or tempting for men. Well, I do not disagree with her thought that wearing of shorts is quite tempting if worn by some (it’s even evident in the Bible: Proverbs 4:20-27) but partly, there’s something about it that I see sincerely misinterpreted or has a certain level of thought missing in it. Here are my personal views:
What exactly is a Church? Is it a building or really as it was again-and-again mentioned by us Christians as a group of people; because if it were as such, the issue of women wearing shorts (or even short shorts) in Church would be deeply misleading. You see; if the goal is to not wear shorts in the Church building (or with the people in Church) to please God and to protect men there would be a problem. In my view, it is missing something. You go to Church restricting yourself to wear shorts and then during night outs with friends or even family you wear shorts having selfies with those; exposing the images on facebook or twitter. Some people would even walk on malls wearing shorts or plunging necklines. You would even see some guys dropping their jaws or unintentionally staring. Now what makes that any different? If our mindset is that we should protect those attend the service and let them see what we wear outside the Church, that’s twisted. It’s like wearing a mask in front of many people and from afar allowing them to see you without that mask.
I am not condemning anyone or any view. I have nothing against people who wear shorts, plunging necklines or micro-mini shorts during worship services. By all means, if you want to go to Church, go. The Church is for everyone. At the end of the day, it is between you and God. I can’t argue with that. If it is in your convictions then I will trust that you are listening to God as well. What I am saying is that there should be consistency. Christianity is not being holy in the eyes of men, whenever you are inside the Church building or during worship services but living a life that honors God in every time and every situation. Inside a Church building or in the “gimmick” places we go to, what do you portray? A singular life or a double life? Christian living should not have an on or off switch; you live it out. If you wish to protect men or women in the Church building (or those who attend worship services), you should also be very concerned about protecting them outside the building and even protecting those outside of the Church. Here’s one thought, if every non-Christian woman in this world would wear shorts or micro-mini skirts and every non-Christian man would wear earrings, have long hair, net shirts, etc. Would you be happy to see them go and pray with you in Church? It isn’t the Church building or worship service that Jesus urged to live holy lives and died for in the cross, its men. Men and women. We are the one’s called to live a holy life (1 Corinthians 6:18-20, Philippians 4:8, 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5, Ephesians 5:1-3).
NOTE: This is based on my own opinion on the subject matter. I respect anyone who has a belief that is otherwise. And please, I am not saying that people should wear shorts, plunging necklines, or micro-mini shorts in the Church building or during worship services. We all still need to always consider each consequence (effect on others & the self) of what we do. Again, my point is CONSISTENCY.