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Don or Dawn? Pt. 2

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 ‘A woman shall not wear a man’s garment, nor shall a man put on a woman’s cloak, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the LORD your God.’  ~ Deuteronomy 22:5

 

Per my previous post (which was unintentionally cryptic), here are some images that have brought the topic of the culture’s rampant androgyny to mind of late.  There are, of course, numerous others, but they should suffice.

 

 Rachel Maddow, MSNBC Hostess

 

Nick Lachey (The Former Mr Jessica Simpson)

 

Samantha Ronson (Left)

 

 

Sanjaya (Famous for Fifteen Minutes)

 

David Cassidy

 

Poison (Of 1980’s Hair Band fame.  And, yes–they’re all men.)

 

Joan Jett (Of ‘I Love Rock ‘n Roll fame)

 

The pictures above are but a small sample to illustrate my point of the tacit–and often overt–approval of androgyny in our culture.  In addition, we live in a time when Christianity is ofen spoken of almost explicity in internal terms–‘it is only what is in your heart that matters’.  I happen to think that externals are important in the life of a Christian, as well; they are certainly not equally important to internals, but certainly very important nonetheless.

So, I would ask again: If we desire to live biblically, what role do outward appearances play and what are some examples of distinctive Christian externals?

 

 

It’s Pat!  (What’s a guy/gal to do?)

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Written by ninepoundhammer

September 26, 2008 at 12:55 pm

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  1. Ugh. “Pat” is the very reason why I’ve always chosen to have no nickname.

    Patricia Calderon

    September 26, 2008 at 4:53 pm

  2. My question is that if we accept that men and women should have obvious external differences should these differences stem from arbitrary cultural practices or naturally occurring differences. For example, beards are an external difference that is naturally occurring but long hair on women is something of a cultural practice. If we use only naturally occurring differences problems occur (like men who can’t grow beards or women who can) but they can be applied cross cultural and time. If all we are going for is some difference then arbitrary customs will work as long as they are understood and followed. I guess if we really wanted to highlight the differences we would become nudists.

    I think that the externals of masculinity and femininity should reflect the internals. For example, I could see an argument for guys wearing rough/course materials and girls wearing smooth materials that could be stronger then pants versus dresses or blue versus red arguments. Traditionally clothing differences were determined by occupation and since women are doing most things men are doing that particular distinction is gone. Should we keep up the tradition even though it has no obvious practicality?

    I am just rambling at this point. Ultimately, I think Christianity supports both the distinction in the sexes and the synthesis of them. Each gender has separate roles but both have the same relationship to Christ. Also, the external as an outpouring of the internal is vitally important. Good topic Matt.

    Jacob

    September 29, 2008 at 11:56 am

  3. @Jacob: Thanks for your input. I do believe that physical/ anatomical differences are important and should be embraced and emphasised. (Though, the Bible clearly speaks against nudity–and the whole topic of modesty really needs a separate treatment.) As I mentioned previously, I am (obviously) a firm advocate of the beard; still, I realise that many men are unable to grow them–and some grow very bad ones when they try. 🙂

    As for hair, Paul spoke to that in I Corinthians 11 that women should have long hair (and, conversely, men should not). I also realise that there are issues involved here, as well. But, I think Scripture is quite clear on the issue.

    I don’t think ‘cultural norms’ really have any sway here. We can look to the Bible and to what the Church has historically held as the sexual mores as guideposts. (It wasn’t until the 1960’s that it began to be acceptable for women to wear pants!)

    The writings of the Early Church Fathers are very instructive because they dealt with the same androgyny issues in their pagan cultures.

    This is often a sensitive issue with folks, though I don’t really understand why, to be honest. Still, in this era of the Metrosexual, I have begun to think the issue needs to be discussed within the Church again.

    ninepoundhammer

    September 29, 2008 at 1:42 pm

  4. matt you just discuss this beard stuff to cover up discussions concerning your pedicures and braided chest hair…

    em

    September 30, 2008 at 1:55 pm


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