Why your leggings are offensive to God and neighbor by Martina Casey

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!

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  1. Cherie Schadler

    Bravo! Excellent article! So needed to be said! I am convinced that women are under the assumption that this is just another chapter of the Emperor’s New Clothes. (He didn’t know he was naked.) Leggings are stockings. I was a dance teacher for many years long ago. We wore leggings as stockings in dance. They are not pants. They are WAY too revealing and by the way, most men are grossed out by women wearing them and showing their, …um…parts. My son who is a young adult told me that any woman he sees wearing them as pants are immediately off of his marriageable list. I’ve heard this from many other young bachelors. Women say they are lonely and they want a husband. I recommend that we all analyze how we dress as one of the places to start to remedy that problem. How we dress sends a signal to others. Leggings tell me that it’s okay for me to see all your privates – just like the Emperor’s New Clothes. Ladies, you can argue for comfort and you can argue for it being a man’s problem if you show your parts and they are aroused, but the truth is – they are and what you are doing is tempting them or grossing them out. Men are very visual and what is not stimulating to you either way as a woman is no parallel to what men experience. If you want to come across as a lady who wants to be respected by men and even find one to be your permanent and faithful husband, then please find out what men think about leggings as pants and respect their opinions. If you want a husband, you have to dress to find one. Please respect yourself.

    1. Allison Dreher

      Sorry for the delay in replying Cherie. Thank you for your insightful comment! It’s so true that as women we cannot assume we know how a man’s mind works. This assumption only leads to problems. And it sounds like you’ve done a wonderful job with your son, may God bless you and your family!

      In Christ,

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