Who doesn’t love warm days, budding trees, more daylight, the smell of fresh cut grass, flowers in bloom, shirtless men, barely there bikinis, short skirts, shorter shorts, eye-popping cleavage, strapless dresses…
Must be an awful time of year for members of the modesty brigade who insist that people of both sexes cover up because not doing so encourages objectification and sexualization. You know, because aren’t we all prone to lustful thoughts and animal urges we can’t control?
One of the things God has given humanity, and it is a gift, is the ability to look at, respond to, and appreciate the beauty of His creation. Think about that for a minute.
Close your eyes and imagine you are gazing at a massive redwood tree, a waterfall, a sunset, ocean, a mountain range…the wonder of creation is truly awe inspiring, it’s something to behold, and it’s one of the ways we can know there is a God.
“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.”
– Romans 1:20
Something about that verse I had never really thought about before, and I have read it hundreds of times, is that it specifically says “people are without excuse.”
People; not dogs, cats, sharks, elephants (lions and tigers and bears, oh my) are without excuse because we are different. We are unique, we are made in God’s image, only we can seek God, and only we can admire the beauty of a divine nature.
Another thing that makes us different from the animals is that God didn’t simply place a raw instinct in man that drives us to seek out the opposite sex only for the purpose of procreation, and only during certain seasons.
Instead of making us like the animals, with uncontrollable animal urges, He placed within man (and woman) a continual desire to enjoy the beauty of an opposite sex that was created to thrill us, entice us, enchant us, and captivate us.
To that end, God also gave us the ability to look but not necessarily lust after, the ability to gaze at and simply enjoy, the ability to be captivated by without inappropriate and sinful desire, and the ability to feel the pleasure of our natural internal response to God-given beauty without sin, shame, or immoral sexual desire.
So, enjoy spring, enjoy the weather, and enjoy everything the season has to offer, including the sights. But please do so without railing against what everyone is wearing and/or how much skin they are showing.
If seeing someone in a bikini or jogging without a shirt causes a person to stumble into a pit of sinful lust, the problem is with them and what’s in their heart, not with anyone else.