In an article I wrote about personalities, I said that a personality is one of the hardest things to define because it always has to be in comparison to another. Likewise, decency has no clear distinction.
To some people, decency is about the way you carry yourself. You can wear the right clothes and still manage to come off skanky or, you could wear smaller items of clothing and still look decent. Clothes and make-up go with the kind of area you will be in and so, a lot of people manage to appear decent.
A lot of us Christians like to be hypocritical about things and judge a mini skirt or place bans on them. In Zambia for instance, a mini skirt is not socially acceptable in the heavily populated areas. The more civilised areas are fine with it and even then, a lot of the time, it depends on the colour of your skin. White people, mixed race people… They can get away with it. Light skinned dark people are usually targets and the dark people can be let off easy.
Being Christian, my ‘findings’ are from The Bible only. In the book of 1 Timothy, verse 2 to 9 through 10, it says, “I also want women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God.” Now, from the times before pearls and jewellery were worn so widely, it was written that to do that was a sin. We did it anyway. If anything, we come up with more and more ways to sin and have the nerve to blame decency.
People wore a lot less centuries ago and even though the rape cases were not non-existent, they were not hitting the crazy numbers or inhuman ages we are getting at today. They prayed to the very same God, read the very same bible and they wore nearly nothing and today, a random person feels they can stand up and say we shall burn because of the way we dress?? Do you not possess any jewellery?
In the book 1 Peter verse 2 to 5, it says, “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewellery and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful.”
If you have ever bought fine clothes, you are indecent. If you have ever braided your hair, you are indecent. If you have ever bought jewellery, you are indecent. In God’s sight, our decency is defined by our inner selves. OUR MINDS. I mean, since we all want to translate The Bible differently to suit our lifestyles, how about we give The Bible one realistic translation. A direct translation: We are all sinners.
That said, I hope each and every one of us Christians know that we are sinners. Those of us who take offence at the ideas of fashion need to go back to the bible and re-evaluate their definitions of sin. Eventually, it all comes down to the mind. That is where the real evil is.