Question of the day: church discipline over THIS?!
A few weeks back I was scouting the internet (Google, actually) when I came across an interesting article beseeching other pastors for “urgent help” concerning a particular matter. Curiousity took over and, although I’m not a pastor, I clicked the link to see what the man’s dilemma was. Interstingly enough it had to do with modesty… women-wearing-pants “modesty” to be exact.
To my surprise the information leading up to his plea for advice was weather or not church discipline should be invoked upon the subject of said concern.
Here’s what the post said…
I have a problem that you can help me with. All I ask is that you write and let me know what you would say to the following situation. It might even sound humorous to you, but I can assure you that it is a serious matter.
There is a teenage girl in a church. The church teaches that pants are not the most appropriate and modest attire for women. The girl is from a very poor family (six people living in one room), but she was the first member of her family to come to Christ about three years ago. She has been growing in the Lord and is faithful to church and prayer meetings. Recently she got a scholarship to a school that requires the female students to wear lose pants. Though someone from the church approached the school leaders and asked them to make an exception for her, they refused. Since the girl has decided to attend the school anyway, the church won’t allow her to teach Sunday School anymore because she will no longer meet the standards for workers. But there is a prominent person in the church who is not content with this. He thinks she should be disciplined after the fashion of 1 Corinthians 5 and she should not be allowed to take the Lord’s Supper.
What do you think?
What advice would you give this man?
Thoughts? Opinions? Scripture to back your take? Leave a comment below!
Posted on March 21, 2011, in Question of the Day and tagged "skirts vs. pants", Advice, Church, Church Discipline, Clothing, Girls, Modesty, Question of the Day, skirts. Bookmark the permalink. 28 Comments.