If you are a child, please ask your parent’s permission before you read this post.
As our family has been researching and seeking out different resources for teaching history and literature to our children, we’ve been hit with an interesting phenomenon.
Why is it that while many Christians speak out against the immodesty that surrounds us in our culture, there seem to be a large number of Christians who seek out immodesty in the ancient world and intentionally expose their children to it while labeling it ‘education’, ‘history’ and ‘art’?
Does the Bible have a standard of modesty? Do we simply have different interpretations about the biblical standard of modesty?
Is the study of history (or art) so important that the biblical standard should be laid aside?
Is there a difference between a representation of a scantily clothed woman (or man) of today and a representation of a completely unclothed woman (or man) from antiquity? Do hundreds (or thousands) of years sanctify objects?
Is it necessary/profitable to expose children in this manner so that they can practice applying their biblical world view and are able to interpret immodesty in the proper way? If so, is there any standard whatsoever?
Are we just being prudish?
Please understand that I’m not suggesting that we can completely avoid immodesty. I’m just curious about the reasoning of Christian parents who intentionally seek out nudity for their children’s consumption.
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