Today was the first day of warm weather in the Northeast and so my mind has turned to the topic of appropriate swimwear.
Let me start by saying that I don't dress like an Amish-Catholic. I wear non-tapered pants, and somewhat stylish tops. I wear make-up, and regularly shower before leaving the house. While I am not the most trendy dresser in the room, I will never be caught dead in the one-size-fits-all denim jumper or floral print prairie dress.
Overall, my appearance is important to me, as I believe a put-together and at least somewhat stylish mode of dress is an important part of my witness as a Christian wife and mother. My goal is to blend-in with my surroundings, all the while dressing in a modest manner so as not to cause an occasion of sin for my brothers in Christ.
And so I just don't get those Christian women out there who wear a bikini. Every year, I come across another woman in my life, a woman who I know shares many of my deeply held beliefs about faith, and she surprises me by wearing a bikini.
Here are some possible justification I have heard, or can think up, for wearing a bikini--
1. There are bikinis that are more conservative than one piece bathing suits.
2. I look good in a bikini, how else can I show off my superior physique?
3. I look bad in a bikini, I'm not tempting anyone.
4. Christopher West has approved of the practice in his recently released CD, "Bikini-Clad Without Shame," or something like that.
By discouraging bikini's I am not encouraging the Pamela Anderson Baywatch one-piece. There are obviously non-bikini style bathing suits that are problematic. By ridiculing one form of beachwear, I'm not approving of all other forms (e.g., nudity). Overall, my point is simple--I cannot come up with a good reason for wearing a bra and underwear in public. Can you?