Cool your jets and hear me out.
I love leggings. I own them in multiple colors, fabrics and brands. They are comfortable and I love the way they look on me, but as a recent article about leggings pointed out, comfortable are pajamas and being naked too. But generally speaking you wouldn’t leave the house in either. I say generally speaking because there is an acquaintance who regularly shows up to church in what appear to be flannel pajamas. More on that below.
We make fashion choices every day. And whether we like to admit it or not, those seemingly small choices make a big difference in our offending or glorifying God and His creation. Let’s take a look at three reasons why you should stop wearing leggings in public as a single bottom piece:
1. Your dignity. You wouldn’t leave your house in just a pair of pantyhose because that would be highly inappropriate.
But pantyhose aren’t leggings, you protest! No. Just like leggings aren’t pants. In 1 Timothy 2:9 St. Paul says “…I want women to adorn themselves with proper clothing, modestly and discreetly, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly garments.”
When St. Paul says “braided hair” he’s addressing a fashion trend. So, not only are you to dress in “proper clothing, modestly and discreetly,” you are also not to follow fashion fads. There is NOTHING modest or discreet about a piece of clothing that tells the world the precise shape, size and, depending on the material, firmness of your behind.
2. Your neighbors’ dignity. On the occasions where I saw the aforementioned acquaintance wearing pajamas in church, my auto-programmed response was judgment. Not that I wanted to offend her with my thoughts, and certainly not that I wanted to offend our Lord in church of all places, but it happened before I could catch myself.
When you wear your leggings without a cardigan or dress covering your behind, you may provoke similar reactions, albeit when it comes to the opposite sex, the sin is usually more than just judgment: think coveting, think lust.
3. Love of God. We are the temple of the Holy Spirit, when you injure your dignity; you injure the very One who lives in you. And conversely, when you provoke an easily preventable offense against your neighbor, you injure the One who lives in them.
St. Paul pray for us!