No, No! Christian men must not wear tight pants
My youth why u pants fi tighter Than Mine
And why u pants no de a you waistline?
Hipsters a fi gyal dem design
Me and u nuffi ina di same kind
- Woman Tings from dancehall artist Ce'cile...
Late last year, Family and Religion highlighted women who 'dress flashy' in church, showing off their body parts. The need has now arisen to address what is rapidly taking over many churches and that is the 'tight pants phenomenon'.
While the unsaved can flaunt their bodies and dress as they see fit, Christians are called to be modest in their adornment.
Modesty as stated in the Bible means that dressers - men and women - should not be drawing attention to themselves when they dress. Going to church is about worship and keeping the focus where it really belongs, on God.
Family and Religion sought answers from Reverend Jayson Downer, president of MoGAVA (Men of God Against Violence and Abuse) on the issue.
"Before I get to answer this specific question, it is important for me state what I have observed and I am sure I speak for many others. The issue of inappropriate attire is carried out by both males and females in church. While this is so in most instances, one will find the sisters in breach of what is considered modest dressing. The brothers on the other hand are closely and quickly following behind with the issue of 'tight pants'," he said.
PUSHING THE ENVELOPE
For Downer, many Christians are now pushing the fashion envelope.
He now thinks it is time for believers to consider what is "too far" regarding their sense of fashion.
According to Downer, in an effort to keep up with current trends, many believers are adorning themselves in "any and everything" justifying it with the excuse that the scripture is silent on it.
"1 Timothy 2: 9-10 states, 'Likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire, but with what is proper for women who profess godliness - with good works'.
While this passage of scripture speaks directly to women, it is accepted within the Church to be used to govern both men and women as it relates to how they dress," he pointed out.
Downer said for him, it's a no-no on any brother in Christ who wears his pants so tight that "it seems as though whenever it is time to put them on, they have to climb on top of some furniture to jump in them".
Downer said the wrong message is being sent when Christian men put themselves together in this fashion.
"Nothing is wrong with being neatly clad, but when in an effort to do so, one's private parts bulge so much so that onlookers wonder if they are telling the world how endowed they are, it's time to pause and consider if how they dress is an offence or a stumbling block for our sisters. In this respect, it's not about us, but rather being our brother's and sister's keeper," he said.
For the reverend, this is an issue pastor should be addressing, not just about saving souls.
"The problem, however, is many pastors themselves are found wanting. They themselves are so tightly clad that they can't breathe properly to address the topic, and furthermore, they aren't setting any example," he stated.
The solution for him is for those who know better to approach the individuals privately and address the matter in love.
"We cannot out of fear of losing membership or being frowned upon, not speak to our brethren in Christ," he cautioned.
Speaking as a husband of 20 years, a father and a Christian, he said skimpily clad sisters also have problems with brothers dressing inappropriately.
"Brothers let us also understand that there are other brothers who have an inclination towards same-sex attraction, but have made a very conscious decision not to lean to that direction because of their belief system. We, too, must not, as a result of tight dressing, be a stumbling block to them. Let it not be said that we had a hand in encouraging what is not acceptable," Downer encouraged.
Downer said each believer - man or woman - should allow the Holy Spirit to speak to them in such a way that they will know what's appropriate and what is not.