In today’s society we see so many instances of immoral behavior. Television, radio, schools… they have all become the means by which to desensitize our society. The Bible says “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter.” Isaiah 5:20. As we will see in this instance, many people are unable, and/or unwilling to see evil. Note, all verses quoted in this article will be from the King James Version.
The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in February upheld a lower court decision that now allows women to go topless in public. This ruling applies to Oklahoma, as well as five other states. Some state and local officials are of the opinion that this applies only to the ordinance of Fort Collins, Colorado, who’s topless ordinance was challenged. State laws and local ordinances do not allow women to go topless. The challenge was initiated by two women who asserted that if men were allowed to go topless, then women should also have the constitutional right to be topless in public as well. It was apparently approached as a civil right.
Biblically speaking we need to address several of issues. In the garden, after Adam and Eve sinned, they made for themselves aprons. Adam and Eve realized that they were naked. Despite what people’s stance is on the issue, people without clothes are naked. So to rectify the situation, they decided to sew fig leaves together and make for themselves aprons. “And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.” Genesis 3:7. Webster defines an apron as such: “a garment usually of cloth, plastic, or leather usually tied around the waist…” This indicates only a partial covering. In any case it was not enough to satisfy God, because He killed animals (first shedding of blood) to make coats.
“Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.” Genesis 3:21. Webster defines coat as: “An upper garment, of whatever material it may be made….” This signifies the need to cover the upper part of the body as well. Even the priests garments were specifically made to cover parts that are considered nakedness to show. “And thou shalt make the linen breeches to cover their nakedness; from the loins even unto the thighs they shall reach.” Exodus 28:42. Remember neither society, nor individual choice, can establish the definition of naked. God alone has the authority to make that determination.
Another issue we must also address is difference between men and women. Despite what society is trying to tell us today there are only two genders. When God created man, that is mankind, he was quite specific. Genesis 5:2 says, “Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.” So we see the Bible indicates that the loins should not be exposed, which most will agree, but also thighs and upper body. God made coats, that was plural, to cover the man and the woman. I am one who believes men should also keep their shirts on in public. So, does the Bible specifically address women’s breasts?
Some women plainly ask, “Why should a woman’s breasts be viewed as sexual objects?” The simple answer is because God made them that way. Proverbs 5:18-19, “Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth. Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished always with her love.” Suffice it to say that man has a natural, God given attraction, to the woman’s upper body. To say men should not view a woman’s breast as a sexual object would be unnatural. That is why they should remain covered.
Sand Springs, Oklahoma issued an emergency ordinance prohibiting being topless in public regardless of gender. “With this action, Sand Springs has eliminated a part of our ordinance that may have been discriminatory, and makes our position consistent with other communities across our state and around the country,” said Chief of Police Mike Carter. “This ordinance protects our community standards and values, while also respecting the 14th amendment rights of all people and the jurisdiction of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.” taken from kjrh.com. The ordinance does not apply to children 10 and under, women who are breastfeeding a child or those involved in a medical emergency.
The six states this applies to are: Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. An online article by COX 6 shared the following: “People can also take a picture of topless women and post it. If it’s a teenager, they can still be in public with bare breasts, but taking a picture of them is still considered child pornography.” It is my understanding that while they are topless, they cannot act in any sexually suggestive way, as that would be considered indecent exposure. This is calling evil good and good evil. Also, what is to prevent someone from taking pictures of teenage girls not acting suggestively, and then claim if it is ok to photograph topless boys so why not girls? Additionally, how can you tell the age of some teenage girls? I believe that allowing women to be topless in public is not scriptural, moral or ethical. I see no good coming from this, and maybe other communities and states should follow the example set forth by Sand Springs.
Bro. Chris Gonthier
BMAO Moral Action