During a lesson on sexuality and sin, the last two words I expected to hear in Sunday school this morning were “yoga pants.” Apparently there has been much debate lately about Christian women wearing yoga pants. Then as soon as I got home I changed from my slacks to a pair of Walmart yoga pants almost mindlessly. After coming home from the grocery store and then feeding my boys, I jumped on the Internet to see what all the fuss was about.
My friends were right. Apparently some people do think it is morally wrong for a Christian woman to wear yoga pants. My mind immediately raced back to my two-piece prom dress accented with a matching belly button ring, followed by a crop top junior college cheerleader uniform. (Not to mention showing our “tights” every time we flipped, flew or jumped through the air.) Needless to say, I have not been the most modest dresser.
Then there are Christian girls donning bikinis in beauty pageants every week, and Christian ballerinas, and little Sadie Robertson shaking it out on DWTS. Maybe I’m a perverted product of childhood pageants and cheerleading, but I see nothing wrong with any of these. But at the same time, I see nothing wrong with those who commit to not wearing such attire if they feel convicted. In fact, I applaud those who make that sacrifice. God has dealt with me about eating healthier lately, and I am finally doing so. Everyone has his or her own convictions and beliefs on these little gray areas in life, where there is no certain right or wrong.
Most of the controversy started when a woman named Veronica Partridge vowed to no longer wear leggings or yoga pants to honor God and her husband. I am proud of her for following her heart. The negative side is that a lot of people have now started accusing everyone who wears yoga pants of causing men to lust. But Veronica was simply stating her own personal convictions, as I am, and not judging anyone. Her article even starts out with a disclaimer:
DISCLAIMER: Let me just start off by saying, I am in NO WAY trying to tell people what they can and cannot wear. What you wear is entirely your own choice. I am just sharing my personal story on why I chose to no longer wear yoga pants or leggings in public.
So if wearing or not wearing yoga pants weighs heavy on your mind, simply consider all aspects of it. First and most important, how do you feel about this in your heart? Is God convicting you, or do you suddenly feel sinful just because you read about it on facebook? Secondly, what does your husband think? If it bothers him for you to wear them or for him to see other women wearing them, then perhaps refrain from it.
My husband doesn’t care and says he likes for me to look good. He knows I am looking good for him and for myself. I enjoy wearing a modest bikini after working hard to stay in shape. (Yes, there is such a thing as modest bikini. It is not an oxymoron; it is called covering your assets!) However, I only show my belly at the beach or pool, and I make sure my shorts are a decent length. There is a difference in showing a little skin (if nothing else for the sake of not suffocating in Alabama heat) and in dressing like Daisy Duke. You can still look cute and be totally covered up as well. And just maybe if more women made more of an effort to fix up, their husbands eyes may not wonder. Just saying . . .
Then there is also the bigger issue of how you wear them. I would not wear yoga pants to church or a formal event. I would not wear leggings without a top or dress that covered my booty. In fact, some pictures from my high school days do make me a little ashamed. Sure, Genie in a Bottle and the first installment of Britney Spears were all the rage in the late 1990s, but they were not always so appropriate.
Most of the women at my gym, including me of course, wear yoga pants. And ironically, most of us never do yoga. However, we are not the most provocatively dressed by far. There are big chested women in wife beaters, men in those 1970ish basketball shorts up to their baby makers, and others who needs a little more support up top. Let’s just say I see a lot of tattoos I’d rather not know about. My point here is that other than a jogging suit or an Amish getup, we can all run the risk of looking lustful from time to time.
Often it is not the outfit but the attitude that makes one provocative. My mind goes back to people I knew when I was younger with strict upbringings. Just because their mama wouldn’t let them wear a tank top didn’t mean they weren’t acting sinfully. You can dress like a pilgrim and still act like a prostitute. Plus, if I were trying to entice people with my yoga pants look I would probably need to also wash my hair and wear a little makeup.
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