Sunday, March 04, 2018

Dear Inthe... Is it a sin for women to wear pants

Dear Inthe,
I am a Born again guy and I have a question bothering my heart; is it acceptable for women to wear pants/trousers?
Seriously seeking.

Hey SS,
First of all, can I say how much I love hearing from my male readers. Yes, Inthemidstofher is a hotspot for the girls but my brothers are ALWAYS welcome! Lol... Let's get down to business and as always, I invite God into this conversation.

Women and pants...*sigh*
So this is a topic that has thrown people into a mild state of panic for a number of years. Women have been ostracized, ridiculed and have had their faith questioned for decades over this one issue.

Maud, portrait in her kitchen

Is it biblical for women to wear pants?  Let's deal with the elephant in the room: 

Duet 22:5. A woman must not wear men's clothing, nor a man wear women's clothing, for the LORD your God detests anyone who does this.

There are churches practically built on the misinterpretation of this scripture and have not allowed women in pants to even sit in the sanctuary. Let's dig a bit deeper. 

What exactly is "Men's clothing"? In biblical times were there pants for men's and dresses for women? No, everyone wore robes but the distinction of what was feminine or masculine was based in the style of the robe. Just as it is today. There are different designs that make outfits particular to one gender; making it apparent that these are feminine or masculine. Let's look at a modern day example. The Scottish people have the century long tradition of wearing Kilts. These are skirts like outfits that culturally are considered masculine but also has the feminine version women wear. So it's a skirt that has a male variant as well as a female one. 

So what was the intent of the scripture? My favorite preacher always says we need to "dissect scripture with scripture".

Duet:18 v9: When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there.

 One repeated command in the bible was for Israel not to mix with heathens or worship their gods. Historically, Israel had neighbors that had culture conducts that displeased God. For example, the Moabs sacrificed their own children to their gods while some other nations took up cross dressing (I.e men wearing women's clothing, make up etc) and stood as prostitutes at pagan ceremonies and at the temples of gods. This was a form of worship used by Israel's neighbors and an abomination to God. To my understanding, God is saying do not wear clothes pertaining to the other sex, that is; men, dont go around dressing/acting like a woman  and vice versa.

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So to answer your question, I do NOT believe it's a sin for women to wear pants; but I think modesty ( appropriate fitting, length, material etc) should be kept in mind at all times.


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