3 Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, 4 and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, 5 to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.
–Titus 2:3-5 (ESV)
In I Lived It, country singer Blake Shelton sings about a time so different younger listeners are likely to find it hard to fathom. One of the differences between now and our recent past is back then some older women were still policing modesty:
Granny said the dress that my sister wore to church wasn’t long enough
Oh, you think I’m talking crazy
In a different language you might not understand…
Today Granny would be guilty of the sin of body shaming if she said such a thing. As Sheila Gregoire explains:
What if setting a modesty dress code actually becomes a stumbling block for women because it weakens their faith?
Moreover, today Granny (Gregoire) is too busy policing other women making sure they aren’t committing the sin of body shaming (or the sin of being a doormat) to tell her granddaughter a dress is too short for church.