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I was on the BYU campus again. Neat and tidy place, plus it’s refreshing to not see women dress quite so sleazy as is the standard these days for collegiates. As a matter of fact, as I was headed to meet up with a friend I spotted a campus poster that spoke to this very issue.

"To the Knees Please; Skirts must come to the knees, leggings are not pants."

The dress code requiring skirts come to the knees is part of the campus Honor Code. This Code covers a number of issues pertinent to student life and is a hallmark of campus culture. Many aspects of the Code are admirable and reflect true biblical principles.

What I found  intriguing is the fact that the implementation of this aspect of the Code is thoroughly inconsistent and thereby shows the dangers & pitfalls of  living by the letter of the law and in effect looking to a form of godliness while denying its true power.

After I spotted the poster I began to notice how many women were wearing very tight pants. “Hmm, I wondered, what is the functional difference between these tight pants and leggings?” Functionally, none. Legally, lots.

Quoted from the BYU website, the Honor Code section dealing with “Dress and Grooming Standards” reads, ”Modesty and cleanliness are important values … A clean and well-cared-for appearance should be maintained. Clothing is inappropriate when it is sleeveless, strapless, backless, or revealing; has slits above the knee; or is form fitting. Dresses, skirts, and shorts must be knee-length or longer. …”

I wonder why skin-tight jeans can be be considered “modest” and escape the label “revealing”.

The poster is explaining the letter of the law and admonishing students to maintain its outward form. The danger is that the students’ hearts not be in the right place and they merely conform to the outward standard. Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof (2Timothy 3.5). This people draweth nigh unto me [Jesus] with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me (Matthew 5.18). blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also (Matthew 23.26).

The heart is key. The Christian realizes he is totally unable to satisfy the requirements of the law and is justly condemned by it. For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all (James 2.10).

Instead, the Christian looks to Christ to take the penalty he deserves and also receives from Christ the perfect righteousness he could never attain. [Jesus] bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed (1Peter 2.24). (Note: “our”, “we”, and “ye” refer to “living stones… chosen of God” in verse 4; not mankind generally.) Ye are in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption (1Corinthians 1.30).

Having been freed from the Law’s condemnation he is then free to serve God and follow the law as a guide to personal holiness–not as a means to earn a place in heaven. If ye love me, keep my commandments (John 14.15) There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit (Romans 8.1).

I firmly support the Honor Code’s requirement of “modesty.” I look forward to the day when it will be more widely practiced out of true faith in the risen, victorious, merciful, gracious Savior. May men and women look to the Word (the Bible) inspired by the Spirit and live by it through faith.

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