This is my first installment of a series of foolishness so far out of left field that I can’t believe these people are calling themselves Christian. I started to call it “Stupid Sola Scriptura Tricks.” I guess I can call it a number of things. But, what I will present with each article is a shameful representation of what happens when Christian ministers invent doctrines and practices that aren’t even in line with acceptable African-American Protestantism (yes, I am still Baptist), much less Eastern Orthodoxy. These things may not be happening in everyone’s town or in churches you may personally know of. But, unless we put the brakes on “do-it-yourself” doctrines, these things will eventually come to a church near you.
Let me first give credit to the video blogger Tommy Sotomayor (before he curses me out for not revealing my sources) for posting and offering commentary on this topic. In the video of her ministry, LaTascha Emanuel is preaching wearing a dress that not only reveals far too much cleavage, it is cut low enough to expose a portion of both of her nipples. (No, I am not posting a link to the video. This is way to unbelieveable). Now, my Orthodox friends will immediately question the role of women as ministers. I am not ready to get into that discussion. But, no matter what religious tradition one comes from (Christian or not), we can all agree that a woman should dress modestly. Mrs. Emanuel (and there is a video of her wearing this “dress” and her husband with her) is clearly NOT being modest about her body. No, a woman need not be covered head to foot as in extremist Islamic communities. Nor does she necessarily have to wear a robe or clergy shirt when doing the Lord’s work. But, I think we can all agree that we all should be aware that our clothing can send the wrong signals. Mrs. Emanuel’s message was sincere and based on the scriptures. Had she wore something that covered her breast and I let my mind wander and fantasize about her physique that she covered up, I would have been the lustful pervert. She is not covering up much of anything . It’s as if she wants viewers to see her breast. So even if her words are on the up-and-up, a man’s attention will be drawn to her body. We aren’t supposed to lust. And here she is presenting herself as an object to be lusted over.
Visiting her website, “The Gospel From The Stripper’s Pole,” I guess she took a hint and took her videos down. Yet, she has two problems. First, whatever you post online, stays online. Tommy Sotomayor (and you should only watch his vids if you have a high tolerance for profanity), the blogger Keith-Harris.com (who doesn’t see anything wrong with it), and at least one other person on You Tube still has them up. Her second problem is further on her website where she has a couple of photos of her that still show enough cleavage to invite a man to think wrong. Now, we Protestants tend to interpret differently the passages of scripture that denounces women preaching. But, since Mrs. Emanuel wants to teach the Bible, perhaps she should begin with herself from I Timothy 2:9:
in like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation
To Mrs. Emanuel and other ladies who think it is fine to serve God dressed like that, no it is not. How a woman dresses in her home with her husband is her business. I don’t expect a woman to wear a winter weight sweat suit on a hot summer day at the beach or pool. But, cover your body when you come to serve the body of Christ. If you are posting yourself as a woman of God, dress like it. You don’t have to dress like a nun. Women have a plethora of styles and colors to choose from to look feminine and still cover up. Please Christian ladies, dress accordingly.