Mike, our senior pastor, did something similar in the summer of 2007. After finishing a series on life choices – one that focuses on sexual issues – he asked the women to help men who are struggling with lust. His concluding words – addressed to the ladies in the congregation – were pretty simple and straightforward: “Ladies, put on some clothes.” I’m paraphrasing but I’m sure Pastor Mike will agree that I’ve captured his point pretty accurately.
A few months ago, Pastor Mike made a similar remark about the way some women dress in church. Once again, he did the right thing. But too many of these ladies are simply not listening - and I use the term “ladies” rather loosely. So I think the church needs to adopt a more aggressive strategy.
One church – in, of all places, Long Island – adopted a strategy to deal with this issue many years ago. They started passing out shawls to women who came to church dressed inappropriately. The decision to ask women to cover their cleavage in church probably offended some of them. But it’s far better to offend a parishioner than it is to offend God.
The Christian church is supposed to change the culture. But lately the culture has been changing the Christian church. Many Christian men act like they don’t notice or they don’t really care. But the truth of the matter is that they like it.
I think it’s time for Christian men to stop worshiping cleavage and get back to worshiping Christ. And it’s time for Christian women to lift and support them with more than just a push-up bra.