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Indecent Dressing and Indecency in the Church: Reasons, Causes and Effects
What shall it profit a lady to go to church and end up causing spiritual decline to the congregation-Uzochukwu Mike
Any religion that does not teach the faithful moral practice, be it Christian, Islam, Buddhism or any emerging one does not worth being a member; Yet almost all religion teaches the moral practice.
There is indecent dressing or indecency in the church and this has reasons, causes, and effects. Church according to Advanced Learner’s Dictionary is a public building where Christians come together to worship. There is another current definition of the church. In that definition of the church, it is referred as the Christians who worship God and no longer a public building where people gather. Those who gather by themselves are therefore referred to as the church because they themselves are the carriers of God whom they worship. The idea is that the former definition of church is taken as a place where God lives, and since the same God lives inside the people that worship him, they themselves are referred to as a church. So if you are a Christian, do not see a church as only a building again but you yourself is the church.
There is high indecency in the modern church we see today. The level of indecency in the church has made many priests and pastors of the church become tired of warning against that, while others kept doing the much they can to see if an impact will be made on the indecent congregations.
There are many causes, reasons, and negative effects of indecency in the church. Some members of the church congregation that come to church have reasons why they do so. On the other hand, there are causes and negative effects of indecency, which includes principally indecent dressing on the members of the church. In this article, the indecency in the church to be discussed is mainly in the area of indecent dressing among church attendants whose main defaulters are usually women.
Reasons for Indecency in the Church
There are many reasons why people dress indecently in the church today. So many numbers of the people we see in the church today have the reasons best known to them on why they dress indecently in the church. Among the reasons why many Christians dress indecently are:
- To get life partners; and
- To be noticed.
To get Life Partners
The truth is that the women are the most that dress indecently in the church. Because of that, this sub-heading concerns women’s indecent dressing in the church of Christ. Based on experience and observations, women occupy the largest attendants of indecent dressing not only in the church but worldwide.
Women understand that the church is one of the places where they are likely to get a large number of men who are going to partner with them. Because of this reason, the church becomes a strong target. They plan on every Sundays and in the other church gathering to put on see-through and other seductive clothes so that they can seduce the men. When they succeed in doing this, the men sometimes take them home and from there become life partners.
To be Noticed
So many people drive a lot of joy in getting noticed. To accomplish this, they decide to dress indecently to church. You may be surprised that one of the reasons why people dress indecently to the church is to be noticed but that is just the truth.
So many people have different kinds of mentalities that are driving and leading them. A beautiful girl who knows that she is truly beautiful may try to show the congregation the stuff she is made of and hence find joy in showing either her laps or heap to the congregation. Instead of paying attention to the sermon going on in the church, her mind becomes filled with how to get the attention of the other people at the other parts of the church.
The same applies to the young male youths of today. Some male youths who are into modeling take a time to dress indecently to the church just to show the congregation what they do. The level of indecency in the church is growing on daily basis and among the reasons is because some members of the church want to be noticed.
Causes of Indecency/Indecent Dressing in the Church
There are so many factors why we see indecent dressing among Christians all over the world. Ladies and men who enter the church premises are not composed the way they are supposed. The young and old women go to the church exposing their breasts, thighs, or their chest to the congregation. These are things which are supposed to be covered properly to show respect to both God and man but you see that the respect is not there. The men on the other hand who supposed to dress decently are seen sagging in the place that all gather to worship God.
The question is: what are the causes of indecent dressing in the church among the men and women of the present generation, mostly the youths. The causes of indecency in the church are, but not limited to:
- Poor moral home training;
- The Lack of understanding about the church; and
- Over modernization
These three points are going to be discussed one after the other to really understand what the author of this piece, Uzochukwu Mike, meant.
Poor Moral Home Training as a Cause of Indecent Dressing in the Church
Poor moral home training is among the principal causes of indecent dressing in the church of Christ. There are many youths who lack moral youth empowerment which is classified among the types of youth empowerment. This moral would have been taught to them in their families but they are lacking. Because of this, they carry such behavior into the church and they are seen wearing “rags” and going naked in the streets and various churches. Poor moral home training as a cause of indecency in the church has made a lot of congregations to turn deaf ears to the true teaching of the church.
How can a man or woman who is morally trained from home go naked or sag in the church? It is all about weak family moral standard. Cultivating moral ethics in families will be a better solution to solve indecency among congregations in the church.
The Lack of understanding about the Church
Another cause of indecent dressing in the church of today is because church attendants do not truly understand what the church means. So many think that the church is a social club where people gather every Sunday to listen to a man and go back home to eat the rice and stew they prepared before attending the church.
The moment Christians understand that a God called Jesus Christ came down and took the human form to die for man for our sins will make a positive change in the dressing of young ladies and men who come to church half-naked. Among the female congregation who come to the church exposing their breast to seduce the men is because they do not understand that the Man whose name is used to establish the church died so that the nakedness they expose will stop. Jesus died so that the seduction by women will stop yet you see them committing the same crime right at the front of the Man who died for such sin to stop.
I call this heading over modernization because modernization on its own is a welcomed idea. In fact, modernization came into existence because the knowledge is given to man by God who is the supreme, the beginning and the end.
Over modernization has made us go blind neglecting the difference between the good and the bad. It is because of what they are shown, the so-called fashion display in televisions and video plates, that made some of our ladies to dress indecently into the church. In that case, they think that they are keeping to fashion without knowing that they are diverting people’s attention away from God through what they practice. Over modernization is one of the principal causes of indecency in the modern church.
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The Effects of Indecency Indecent Dressing in the Church
Indecent dressing among the church congregations has many negative effects on the entire community we live today. In United States, Canada, Germany, South Africa, Nigeria, and other parts of the world, indecency has many negative effects on the church and the entire society. It is important to know the effects of indecent dressing varies from author to author and one author cannot fully detail out all the effects of indecent dressing in the church. The effects of indecency in the church are:
- Weakness in faith;
- Decrease in moral practices; and
- Painting the image of the church black.
Weakness in faith
There is a high decrease in the number of Christians that go to church. Many have said in their minds that they do not need to go to church again since the church which supposes to be a place to go and get spiritually uplifted is now a place to go and get seduced. Because of this reason, many have decided to stay in their homes and worship their God rather than going to church on Sundays.
Decrease in moral practices
Because people go to the church naked pretending they are putting on clothes, it has made many none Christians to see indecency as a welcomed idea. Moral decline in United States, Nigeria, Canada, South Africa, Ethiopia, and other parts of the world can be traced to indecent dressing going on in various churches in the world.
Painting the Image of the Church Black
It is a pity that the value and the level of respect that is being offered to the church today have decreased. It is unlike the past when people respect the church very well. The respect is still there but not as it was before. Why is the respect paid to the modern church not as it was in the past time? The reason is that the indecency in the church has made the church to lose some value.
Are you a Christian? Do you dress decently or indecently to the church? I do not think that dressing half-naked to the church will do the Church and our society any good. This piece is on the indecency or indecent dressing in the church. The author went further to discuss the causes, reasons, and the negative effects of indecency in the church of Christ. If you are a lady, do not show us that inner thing on your chest irrespective of who you think you are.