Coming from a fundamental Baptist Background we were always taught that women should not wear pants. According to our pastors the reason for such is that the Bible says in Deuteronomy 5: 22 that “The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God”
I am not going to give an in-depth theological discussion here, but I plan to do so in the near future. However I was just wondering if this verse applies to women wearing pants that are made exclusively for women. Some dogmatic preachers would answer in the affirmative, but are what they are saying Biblically correct?
What pertains to man or woman is confined to the culture and traditions of a certain society and age. We cannot establish a set of rules and judge which belongs to who. Doing so would be dabbling would legalism which is contrary to what the essence of Christianity really is.
For example, Scottish men wear “kilts” during special occasions. The Scottish kilts looks like a woman’s skirt.
There was a time in our history when men wear a corset for aesthetic purposes. In modern times some men do wear corsets for medical purposes.
Tunics, which look like a women’s blouse were worn during the Greek and Roman times and all throughout the medieval ages.
Until today in some parts of Asia, parts of Africa, and on many Pacific islands men still wear the traditional “Sarong” which is a large sheet of fabric, often wrapped around the waist and worn as a skirt.
Even people in Bible lands until today wear the same old robes and sash that people in ancient times wore.
If we were to judge men wearing the kilt, sarong, tunic and robes with our own Western Culture and tradition, it could be said that these people are in violation of Deuteronomy 22:5 because according to our culture, these kinds of clothing are associated with what our women wear.
There are pants that are made exclusively for women, before we use Deutornomy 22:5 to judge women who are wearing pants, we have to check out what it really means and consider the contextual and cultural background surrounding the verse. A lot could be said theologically about this subject and I wish to deal with this in future posts.