Yoga Pants, Orphans and an Apology
Yesterday, I read the article, “Ten Things We Should Get Angry About Before Yoga Pants” by Ashley Dickens, and I saw it reposted about 20 times on social media. As I read it, I thought the writer saying that Veronica Partridge is wrong about leggings when there are other bigger things out there. Going to Partridge’s defence, I commented on one of the posts on Facebook taking issue with the article:
I take issue with this article. It supposes that God turns a blind eye to holiness. We are are called to bring the gospel to a dying world. And the entire point of the gospel is just that – holiness. <About 500 more words in here about our sin, redemtption, Jesus active obedience and holiness> I absolutely agree that we ought to support the poor, the widowed and the orphaned, James tells us that is true religion. But Jesus tells us to be holy as he is holy.
I commented hastily, as only I can. I do think that evangelical Christianity in general has lost something of holiness, but Ashley Dickens was not attacking Veronica Partridge, or holiness, or her personal decision to not wear leggings or yoga pants, rather it was addressing those who were rallying around her article as a war cry to abolish yoga pants.
I appreciate Veronica Partridge’s article, and her personal decision to honour God and her husband, by not wearing the fabric equivalent of spray paint on her bum. However I do agree that the war on yoga pants and leggings is kind of ridiculous, when we consider what else is going on in the world. While I hate leggings, I am capable of not looking when the spray painted ladies walk by. I hope the fad ends soon. I also appreciate Ashley Dickens article. Both have a place in Christian discourse, since God gives us all different passions and gifts.
Anyway, to the point of this post:
I went into this article assuming that it would be an attack on Veronica Partridge, and that is what I read because I was looking for it – preconceived notions are nasty things. I have removed my comment, but this is a public apology to all who read it, the people who messaged me, and especially to my sister in law Andrea who posted the article on which I commented, and to Ashley Dickens the author of the article. Her article is not supposing that God turns a blind eye to holiness.