Oh, dear, in innocence I enter a thread and then things get a little excitable.
First, perhaps in the beginning I failed to make myself clear. The word 'modest' is not the same as the word indecent. Indeed in the modest dictionary I keep by the PC the word's meaning is listed as
- having a humble opion of oneself or one's accomplishments
- not extreme or excessive
- not ostentatious or pretentious
- shy or easily embarassed
- not revealing much of the body: a modest dress
In many countries, and not just the USA, the clothing worn in church by some, whether male or female, might hardly be described as modest if reference might be made to the above definitions of the word. In some people appear to 'ape' a fashion they imagine Russian peasants wore in the 1800s(?), in others the clothing reveals or clings excessively. In yet others the clothes are quite literally ostentatious.
Overtight or scimpy clothes render the making of bows or prostrations difficult, impossible or probably indecent. And should we dress modestly for Him to whom we have drawn near to worship or to meet with the approval of the fashion sense of our peers? On that basis perhaps we should restrict our sins to those which meet with the approval too of them?
There has been a moving away over some years from a more modest appearance in church I believe. Where did it start? A reaction in some places to the pressures on women by Muslim zealots, or with initially the leaving off of headcoverings by women and jackets by the men?
I write none of this to be provocative or to judge. Because judgement is reserved to Him who call all to judgement, but given the topic of headscarves was raised and then broadened a little it appeared a reasonable place in which to post. I believe that if we were invited to the White House or some such place we would take great care, and read the dress code guidelines with singular care; and yet we dare to enter before Him who created all and dress according to our personal preference, preferring the social mores of the society around us and our peers to a Christian response.
Others may feel differently, I acknowledge. But giving the 'butt out, buster' messaage and heavy sarcasm is okay but forgive me if I take time to adjust.