Flesh and The Female Dresscode To Church

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It was a beautiful Sunday morning and I woke up with this feeling of joy and expectation  and couldn’t wait to get to church to feel God’s presence first hand.

Got into church just in time as ushers were busy ushering ‘late comers’ to their seats and two girlfriends were ushered to two vacant seats directly in front of me.

I didn’t think much of them because they sat down like the big sisters of Jesus and didn’t act like they understood that praise involved standing up and dancing.

During the course of the service, we were all asked to stand up and that’s when all hell broke loose.

You remember the story of Joseph and Potiphar’s wife in the Bible? How the devil knowing that Joseph was destined for greatness pushed Potiphar’s wife into a sinful desire to sleep with Joseph? (Read full story in Genesis 39).

That’s how I felt when one of the girls stood up and her see through gown clearly showed the lines of her rope underwear aka g-string.

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OH MY GAWWWWD!!!!!

WHAT IS ALL THIS!!???????!!!!!

I looked to the ground and said within my breathe “Satan, nice try!!!”

Suffice to say that service was amazing but not without those uncomfortable and unholy quick stares I took at this ‘evil’ girl’s big g-string wearing buttocks. Sorry to add, I wasn’t the only one making quick glances at madam.

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But why?

Why would a lady wear such to the house of God? Why would some girls wear overly cleavage showing tops to church? Why would a girl wear a dress worthy of going to the club with into church? Why would a lady with a killer figure wear a gown so tight that every bump on her body is outlined through the dress? Why would a lady encourage sexual attraction from the opposite sex with her dressing?

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In another school of thought, is it okay for churches to disallow worshipers inappropriately dressed from entering the church?

But Jesus says in Matthew 11:28 “Come to Me, all who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest”. So what if these scantily dressed girls are showing their body because there is something lacking inside? What if they are burdened and in need of rest by coming to church? Do we turn them back just because they are not well dressed? What if the person decides not to accept Christ again over the fact that she was embarrassed because of her dressing?

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What do we have to say about the churches themselves? Most don’t​ even agree on a unified dress code. In some churches, women compulsorily cover their hair while in others, they don’t. In other churches, women are banned from wearing trousers while in others, they are not. In some other churches, jeans aren’t allowed while in others jeans are. In some denominations, tight body hugging pencil skirts are allowed while in others, it’s a taboo.

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The issue of dressing to church has been a century long debate in the body of Christ and the end is no where in sight.

In as much as the Bible says In John 7:24 “People judge the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart”. That doesn’t give ladies the audacity to dress shabbily into the house of God because God looks at the heart. What sort of heart do you have in dressing so temptingly to church?

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In everything we do, we need to give ourselves brain. Eccesiastes 10:10b says “….but wisdom is profitable to direct”.

The same wisdom that directs one to dress appropriately for an interview with a prospective employer. The same wisdom that directs one to take a swimsuit/bikini to the swimming pool. That same wisdom should direct you to dress appropriately to the house of God because the Bible said vividly in 1 Timothy 2:9 “In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in decent apparel, with modesty”.

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This applies to both men and women alike, you should bring glory to God in the manner of your dressing. In church and outside church.

God might look at heart but if your dressing had eyes, would it confidently look at God?

Think about it.

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Female Nudity is Becoming Fashionable

 

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In what seems to have become a habit among Western culture, married folks have shown no regard for their partner’s property (their body). From Kim Kardashian posing nude on the covers of different magazines with her husband Kanye West’s blessing to Chrissy Teigen posting “nudish” photos of her with the blessing of her husband John Legend. These “role models” have continued to set a bad example to our ladies and that’s what this article is setting out to address.

The body of a woman is her man’s biggest asset according to African tradition and must be protected from the public at all costs. So when one Nigeria nudist artist with the name Maheeda who claims to be married begins a public show of her body then something is definitely wrong somewhere.

In Africa, the respect a woman has for her man is directly proportional to the amount of flesh she displays to the public. A real African man in his right senses would frown at the sight of his wife displaying his property to everybody with eyes. I remember vividly the joke about a married woman who received a box filled with undies from her husband as her birthday gift. She was elated at the sight of the expensive lady briefs but her joy was short-lived when she realized that all twelve undies were of the same color and design. She screamed “but honey, these undies are the same color and design, people will think I am wearing the same pant everyday”. The shocked man replied “who are the people that notice the type of undies you wear?”. She was speechless.

My innocent eyes have been inundated/flabbergasted/besieged/overwhelmed with the sight of ladies in relationships and even married women displaying their assets like its no man’s business. Yes, its a man’s business: your man. Most “show flesh” without the knowledge of their spouses and to me, its disrespectful to a man to display his property like second grade clothes on the floor of a market. Even if your man isn’t “sane” enough to demand some privacy for his “commodities” then I’m sure you are aware that the Bible asked in 1 Corinthians 6:19 “Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit”. The Quran also forbids people (especially women) from “showing flesh” because it is immodest and contrary to the principles of Islam. The Quran clearly admonishes Muslim women to dress modestly and cover their breasts and genitals and states in Al-Ahzab 33:59 “…Tell your wives and your daughters, and the believing women, to draw their cloaks (veils) over their bodies. That will be better that they should be known (as respectable woman).”

The Bible and the Quran clearly take a united stand on the issue of nudity so who are we to let Western culture erode our believes and make nudity fashionable?  God forbid.

As for the ladies in question, if you evaluate your importance and rate your beauty according to your body and you display flesh to be “sexy and beautiful”, then as I said earlier, something is wrong somewhere. Where have you seen important and highly valued personalities showing flesh irresponsibly? Does Oprah Winfrey or Hillary Clinton walk about with skirts that have slits closer to their undies than to the ground? What of Dr. Dora Akunyili of blessed memory, was she seen in micro mini skirts or tops that seem like her breasts want to pop out and say hello?
Let’s bring it closer to home, have you seen the wives of your Pastor dress like a club girl or displaying cleavage or seductive dresses on her display picture on BBM or on Instagram?
Comon ladies, remember a wise man values a woman with brains while a weak man gets attracted by flesh. Your body might be successful in getting a man but its what you have upstairs that will keep him for life. Work on empowering your self not exposing your body.

As my teacher in Primary school used to say, “the way you dress is the way you will be addressed”.

Let’s say NO to public nudity. Period.

*Drops mic pen and walks away to loud applause*

 

NOTE:

  1. If you happen to be reading this from Zulu land where ladies walk around topless, then nudity is your calling. Carry on.
  2. For those that will argue against the view of this writer on gender equality under the misguided notion that the writer should not focus his distaste for nudity on just women alone but also men. This writer wishes to assure you that any man seen dressing nude/nudish/showing flesh in public is not being fashionable but actually mad. Please report to the nearest police station or psychiatric ward near you. Thanks.
  3. For those that argue against this writer’s view on the premise that it is a woman’s body and she should do whatever she pleases with it should repent and give their life to Christ. He is coming soon.