Benjamin from Brothers Campfire here.
This post is potentially not safe for work. I would rather my children did not read it, but if they did, it is mild enough.
I would like to discuss nakedness.
The Bible (as told at the Campfire)
Way back in the day, Adam and Eve were strolling along blissfully naked when they ate some forbidden fruit.
This fruit brought the realization that … Hey, whoa… We are walking around outside with our birthday suits on.
Now how they made aprons out of fig leaves is beyond me, but God made them coats of skins.
I wasn’t there, but I am going to assume that the aprons just didn’t cover enough and God was like… Yeah, it’s kinda weird for you all to be walking around like that.
So, according to Herb Thiel, God didn’t put all the details in so Sunday school teachers could teach lessons.
With this authority cited, let us continue.
Time went on and Cain killed Abel his brother. Cain had to go away and when Adam was 130 years old, he had a son named Seth that looked a lot like him. One day when Seth was a teenager, he came home to see his mom, who was in her 140s making a new coat out of skins. He was really grateful because she had put on a lot of weight and all that extra girth was just embarrassing to see through stretched stitching.
It was the same ole thing it is today.
“Adam, does this coat make me look fat?”
“No Eve, you know, you are as beautiful as the day you stole my rib away. “
Anyway, Seth resolved to pass the lifesaving tradition of sidestepping those discussions .
(Eve went on numerous diets throughout her many years and kept a variable size wardrobe to account for the “bloating.”)
Importantly, Seth passed on the concept of “being covered.”
Being a male in the “Patriarchy”, Seth thought he was above the rules. One day, he was walking around without a shirt on and one of his daughters was grossed out by his belly hair and armpits. Embarrased, he put his shirt on from there on out.
Think not? Well, it could have happened that way. Noah’s family had enough sense to cover dad up when he was drowned in alcohol. Serious. He drunk more in than if the earth had a worldwide deluge.
He was just layin there stark naked, and no one wanted to see beyond his husbandman tan.
In a way, most animals got clothes. Well, not the naked mole rat. Yuck. Just Yuck.
What about chickens? Think about the last one you popped in the oven. A chicken can not survive long without a covering. It is vulnerable and the heat or cold will kill it.
Look at him. It is shameful.
Why, Benjamin from Brothers Campfire do you bring this up?
The other day, I stupidly lamented aloud that men are wearing dresses and women aren’t wearing anything.
I was instructed by a woman that likes women that anyone can be what they want to be and dress in the clothing they want to wear. Women should not be sexualized for nudity. She stated,”Nudity is liberty.”
With a weak and somewhat inaccurate argument, I asked, “Why dresses? Didn’t they go out when women got the right to vote and were allowed in factories?” I got no answer.
I asked her what she thought about me looking at girls on magazine covers at the supermarket and she told me that was cool. I notified her that I was the parent of a 17-year-old girl and asked what message I would send to my daughter. I asked about unrealistic body expectations. She agreed I should not look at magazines with her around. I then asked her if my son would have the maturity to not objectify women if he saw me looking at them for the sake of art. (of course that is why we look at women on magazines) She didn’t answer and abruptly ended the conversation for some reason.
Nakedness is not liberty.
I was going to give a long drawn-out explanation, but I think I made my position known.
I would like to know your thoughts. This is an open forum. My method of engagement on this post will be asking clarifying questions. The floor is yours.