Sunday, June 28, 2015
Evangelicals and Fundamentalists, You Capitulated On Gender Design Distinction, So Is the Male Skirt a Church Discipline Issue?
I'm pretty sure that when evangelicals and fundamentalists started ignoring women in pants, they did not foresee the male skirt. It's here now. Society itself reacted against pants on women. Even when society started accepting, Christians opposed. Then Christians accepted, digging for some way to justify the activity. Society reacted against the male skirt. What's next? I think you know, so let's just go there. This isn't a slippery slope argument. We're already there.
The arguments for pants on women are the arguments for skirts on men. Pants were male dress. Skirts were female dress. The man was the head of the home. We're just eliminating all that for a totally egalitarian society. Welcome to the world Gene Roddenberry envisioned. We have totally evolved now to interchangeable uniforms.
I would guess that this male skirt fashion won't catch on as quickly as female pants did. Why not? The skirt is not a symbol of authority. There is rebellion in the male skirt, but not the same type as pants on women. Pants rebelled against role, design, and authority. Today people think that kind of rebellion is good. The churches don't want to say. They don't want to get in trouble. A male skirt is hardly even rebellious. It's just cool. It's telling every woman, I'm very fine with your being in charge. It's the best strategy for getting a girl friend for some guys.
Right up front, I want to say, no one cares. Most of my readers don't care. You're ambivalent. Just admit it. Men are wearing skirts. Oh well. If you do care, I'd wonder about your reason, especially if your women wear pants.
Evangelicalism and fundamentalism both now have a solid reason behind the male skirt. It won't take anything away from the gospel. The gospel centered movement says that only the gospel is essential and male skirts are not the gospel.
Sometimes some issue works its way into an essential, like moving the pawn to start a chess match. It's easy. Let me give you a recent example. Al Mohler says that racial superiority is a gospel issue, and he explains how that's the case: racial superiority is uniquely a gospel issue because it attacks man made in God's image and that, um, reduces the power of substitutionary atonement (just read Mohler on it). Voila, gospel issue. It's easy to oppose racial superiority today, and it's easy to call it heresy. For anyone keeping track, that means to Mohler lowering the confederate flag but leaving the statues intact. Flag down, statues up. Flags are easy. The guys on the statues, also with names on buildings, were heretics, but those will stay. Got it? These issues can keep moving in and out of essential and non-essential in evangelicalism, all dependent on whatever the world says is important at the time.
Women are welcome in most churches to wear pants. Most of the time, that's what you'll see. You don't see men in skirts, but at one time, you didn't see women in pants either. It's not a gospel issue. I mean, we're made in the image of God, male and female created He us, but the world likes egalitarianism, so this isn't so much a gospel issue, so there we go -- nothing to do with substitutionary atonement this time.
Would the male skirt be a church discipline issue in an evangelical or fundamentalist church? Would that man be confronted once one-on-one, second by two or three, and then brought before the church for excommunication? Is the male skirt a gospel issue?
The number one argument for pants on women -- chuckle, chuckle, oh what a silly issue, so why am I even talking -- is both men and women wore robes. So if men and women both wear skirts, nothing can be said, right? They both wear pants, so nothing will be wrong if they both wear skirts. Didn't think we'd get here, did you? Back to the drawing board. What will you say to the boy who wants to wear a skirt in your church? What's wrong?
You can laugh now, but you also never envisioned gay marriage, I'm guessing. Boys with skirts in your church, that's coming too. What will you do?