The recent coverage and announcements of Caitlyn Bruce Jenner have opened up discussion on many part. As I entertained a few discussions, I was hit with the thought of this Articles’ Title, “They’re Just Pants! What’s The Worst That Could Happen?”
It turns out that many years ago, our grandparents were up in arms about women wearing pants. The culture was changing, and what was acceptable was not just being challenged outside, but was flowing over to the church itself. Women, entering the work force, were faced with the option now provided in the latest women’s apparel, slacks and suits (my time line could be a little off). The church, leaning upon the Word, had upheld a standard set according to the scriptures, which was used to create a line that required women to not only dress modestly, but to wear dresses and skirts. I can almost recall the discussion! Hearing Grandpa and Grandma just appalled that a woman would even consider wearing men’s clothing even if created by a womens’ clothing manufacturer for women. I thought to myself, “Old People! Get with the times!!!! There Just Pants! What’s the Worst That Could Happen?” Enter Calvin Klein.
I remember the first time I saw a Klein billboard and had to look twice to identify the gender of the model. The only real tell tell was the chest being covered or uncovered, and today, that is even coming into question. Mom used to say, “If you have to look twice, somethings not right!”, and she was very correct. The genesis of the Klein thinking was to create a market that reached beyond gender, and appealed to sexuality. What makes you look or feel your best? What appeals to you? Define your own style? Create your own sexuality. You could see the wheels turning, as the created even a cologne that we designed to be worn by both men and women. This is genius!!! Then again, this could be destructive! I know what you’re thinking, “It’s Just Cologne! What’s the Worst That Could Happen?”
It turns out that we are moving towards a “middle ground” as a culture. Our culture is challenging everything. Turns out, there are seven types of sexuality defined by this culture!
Theres: 1. Hetrosexual 2. Homosexual 3. Bisexual 4. Asexual 5. Polysexual 6. Pansexual 7. Transexual.
Who knew you 20 years ago that we would have 7 categories to define the sexual nature of male and female interaction? Is it safe to assume that we will have another 5 added to these 7 by the year 2035? By 2035, we could have clothing stores that only have clothes divided by Kids, Adult, and Big & Tall! Fashion has become a compass given to the individual, who have been encouraged to define their own sexuality and chart their own course.
Maybe grandma and grandpa saw visions of 2015? Maybe they saw the advertisement and fashion shows of the future and drew a hard line and fought to keep it not for traditions sake, but for futures sake? It’s that crazy slippery slope they spoke of! They knew, much like the Apostles that spoke and upheld, “I have the right to do anything,” you say–but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”–but not everything is constructive. 1 Corinthians 10:23
Ok, there’s no secret as to the works of the adversary! From the very beginning, he was encouraging man to question God, to doubt God, to challenge God, and to become our own wisdom and counsel (Genesis 3:6). And yes, today; he is doing the same! He is encouraging our youth to define themselves according to their own decisions and instincts (not a reference to Bishop Jakes). Our children are being encouraged to redefine, and redraw lines and boundaries that God has placed not to for the sake of restricting, but for the sake of preventing us from the dangers that befall each person who decides to be their own God! The saying by satanist, “Do What Though Wilt” leaps to the foreground of the thought process being encouraged.
Now, I’m not suggesting that we return to dresses and skirts only for women, or that in this scorching weather, we should return to pantyhose and stocking, but there must be a line or a standard that is set. And that standard must not be set by the world! There will always be arguments and discussions on the interpretation of scripture. We as disciples, teachers and preachers must fight not just to read the Word, but in applying the Word, make sure that we are applying allowing the Spirit to guide us as we make relative and open of the truths and hidden mysteries of God. We must take a stance! Hell is not just at stake, but life is in the balance. Living life to the full comes when we are submitted to living a life within the boundaries of Christ, yielding to His Spirit, and committed to returning not to the old man. Prepare yourself man and woman of God! Soon, our sons and grandsons will be saying, “What’s the Big Deal? It’s Just a Skirt”