Yes these words have come out of my mouth. Apologies to my mother, but there is a specific reason I chose to share this sentence.
"I would go streaking if it wasn't indecent."
I get it, the modesty issue. I get it completelyWhat do I mean? 1. I'm very comfortable with my body. (Trust me, that's a good thing!) 2. I understand the need for clothes. See ... some folks are very outspoken about their rights to cuteness within the 21st century cultural context. Others, like my midwestern-bred Mother, focus on minimizing distraction on the male eyes. I do fall more in this camp which you will see if you read my previous post on modesty "Can God Trust You? The Short-Lived Adventures of the Hot Pink Bikini." Both schools of thought I understand completely. Leggings, hemlines, body types ... I have no wish to debate these. My beef with modesty goes back farther than any. My question is ...
WHY DID ADAM AND EVE SIN IN THE GARDEN???If they didn't sin, they wouldn't have felt naked. They wouldn't have been ashamed. They wouldn't have gone reaching for fig leaves. And there you have it. All you folks hung up on shame ... I found your root cause right here. If they hadn't sinned, all of us could've just kept on streaking. But it was because they felt ashamed from sin God was required to invent proper clothes. And I'm sure Adam was thrilled by that ... (not.) So, where does this leave us? Shall we continue streaking that lambskin may increase? By no means! And may God forgive my misquotation of Romans 6:1! But in all seriousness, where does this leave us? Are we as humans still dealing with shame? Yes. Are we as humans struggling to define proper placement of lambskin? Yes. Why? BECAUSE ITS A FREAKING BROKEN WORLD! THAT'S WHY! Next question ... why am I so worked up about this?
I think we have our ideals wrong.Is our goal to please ourselves no matter the cost to others? What exorbitant selfishness. Is our goal to please others no matter the cost to ourselves? What impossible tedium!
Where is the balance?Well let's look at what the Bible says ... (cue the Veggie Tales Music)
Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience’ sake. For because of this you also pay taxes, for they are God’s ministers attending continually to this very thing. Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor.
Being able to hear the voice of the Lord.I don't know about you, but that's pretty important to me. I kind of became a Christian so I could have a relationship with the LIVING GOD. If I ever tell you I have connections, you know I'm not lying. So to sum this post up . . .
the reason I don't go streaking is because I want to hear God.And considering how awesome Stories of Alberian is turning out, I think it's more than worth it. Which brings me to another big question:
Why are we obsessing over clothes? When the real issue is loving people into the kingdom of heaven?
““Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ or after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you."
Thank You For Your Patience.
Now go love God, get dressed, and change the world.