There were some great questions asked during the event this year. We plan to answer six of those here. Here is question number 1.
Question #1 - “Are leggings bad?”
Great question! Leggings in-and-of-themselves are not bad. In other words, if a pair of leggings were on the shelf at the store it wouldn’t be bad to look at them, touch them, or even put them on. They are what we call amoral. The leggings are not good or bad. They just are.
Having said that, it’s important to realize that an individual, usually a female, who wears leggings may be putting herself and the opposite sex in a tough spot. ”How so?” you might ask.
First, let’s explain what a pair of leggings are/is. According to the all-knowing Wikipedia, leggings are a "type of skin-tight garment that covers the legs and that may be worn by both men and women…In contemporary usage, leggings refers to tight, form-fitting trousers that extend from the waist to the ankles."
Second, it’s important to note that the latest fad does not always pair the leggings with a long shirt or blouse or any other garment that would cover the upper area of the leggings, mainly, the hips and upper thigh area. Therefore, an individual who wears leggings will show the lower-mid area of his/her body in great detail, something that is left to the imagination when wearing other forms of trousers.
Third, an important question to ask when putting on a pair of leggings is, “Why am I choosing to wear these?” Some would say, “Because they are comfortable.” Others might comment, “Because they are cute.” And still others would admit, “Because I want to draw attention to this part of my body.”
Fourth, there are many of us who are conscientious about how are bodies look. If you were to ask us to stand completely naked in front of our classmates we would judo chop you in the face. But if you give us a pair of skin-tight trousers that will cover up all the “imperfections” (dimples, wrinkles, scars, etc) and show only the good of our body, well then, spray on a pair of form-fitting tights and we’re off to strut down the halls of our school.
There are some major issues in Scripture we are dealing with here when we think about the four aforementioned points. Listed next to each issue is a Scripture verse and some questions. See how it is you would answer, “Are leggings bad?”
- Modesty - 1 Timothy 2:9-10, Proverbs 31:30, 1 Peter 3:3-4. Is it modest of me to wear skin-tight clothing?
- Causing another to stumble - Mark 9:42, 1 Corinthians 8:9, Matthew 5:28. How could me wearing form-fitting pants like leggings cause someone else to sin? What sin might I be causing in another?
- Motivation - 1 Samuel 16:7, Matthew 15:18-20, Philippians 4:8-9. Why do I choose to wear these pants? Have I chosen to wear leggings for the wrong reason(s)? Is my motivation pure and lovely?
- Self-image, identity - 1 Corinthians 6:19, Genesis 1:27, Psalm 139:14. Do I put more value in how my body looks than I do in how God sees me? Am I too concerned with how others see me?
- Conform to the world - Romans 12:2, 1 John 2:15, James 4:4. Would I be ok if I didn’t wear the same clothes as my friends? Do I put too much effort into trying to look like everyone else?