Today we’re going to be answering some questions about nudism, exhibitionism, male lingerie, pet play, Romans 13:14, ANR, and a few more things from our anonymous Have A Question
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Is Nudism a sin? If you're a Christian, is it inappropriate to be naked outside of one’s intimacy? Are naked hiking and or swimming ok?
I’ve been struggling with the idea of a Christian nudist for a while. To be honest, I don’t have a hard stance on it. But here’s where I am right now:
I don’t believe nudism is a sin. Adam and Eve were created naked before sin entered the world. So, being naked isn’t sinful. However, I believe there is a time and place for everything, and the problem is that not everyone agrees on what those times and places are.
If everyone agreed that nudity wasn’t inappropriate at any time and everyone went naked anytime that the weather or activities permitted, then we likely wouldn’t have an issue.
Likewise, if everyone agreed that nudity was inappropriate except in the privacy of your own bedroom and the bathroom, then we’d not have any issues.
However, the problem is that you have some people who have no issues with nudity, and others who have serious issues with it.
Some will argue that it’s immoral to offend someone, and so even if nudity isn’t immoral itself, offending someone else with your nudity is. I don’t particularly like that answer because that’s the direction our society is going - to outlaw being offensive - and I think it’s making us stupid in the process. Intelligent debate requires being willing to both offend and be offended because you can’t discuss critical issues without potentially offending someone.
For example, I’m fairly certain that just about every post and podcast I’ve ever released will offend someone. It’s nearly guaranteed. I’m not about to stop because I think it’s important that we discuss these issues.
Then there’s the argument that it will incite lust in others. However, this is a bit cyclical, because the reason it incites lust is that it’s taboo and uncommon to see naked people walking around. If it was commonplace, then it likely wouldn’t have the same impact. So, that’s not a great argument.
However, here in Canada, and I believe most other countries, there are laws prohibiting nudity out in public and what we see in the Bible is Jesus telling us to respect the authorities. So, hiking and swimming naked then become problematic unless you can be assured of your privacy due to the legality, and because it’s a legal issue, it then becomes a moral issue since it’s moral to follow the laws.
Don’t get me wrong, I think there is a time and place to stand up for your rights and freedoms when governmental law goes contrary to God’s law, but personally, the right to be naked is not a hill I’m willing to die on or even get a ticket for. Since God nowhere in the Bible seems to even hint that nudity in public spaces is something we should be striving for, I’m going to say it’s probably not above the “submit to the authorities” direct commandment we do have in the Bible.
But if it’s legal where you live, then I don’t see an inherent problem with it. So, for example,