Tomorrow evening we'll be having a split session with our teens on the topic of modesty and self-control. As I perused various resources, I came across an interesting article by a pastor. After confessing his love for surfing but his dislike for modern swimwear, he makes this interesting point:
We have done with clothing the same thing we have done with art. It is exempt from biblical evaluation. For example, most everyone reveres the artistic contributions of Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci, who are arguably the most talented painters and sculptors in the history of mankind. ... Their works were primarily influenced by pagan Greek philosophy which glorified and exposed the naked body. ... We call it art.
Somehow, in the evangelical community, art and fashion have become exempt from biblical evaluation. Call naked sculpture “art”, and modern swimwear “fashion”, if you will, but let’s just be honest and give it the other label it deserves: public nakedness. [article]