so what happens if you yawn in church, or cough, everybody ignores it, or should. you sit on a towel anyway, no different than if you had clothes on in that respect.
Normal things are just that, normally ignored as part of life. And our nude selves should be just as normal.
I don't see why not. Unfortunately where I live many Christians take a very dim view of social and public nudity, thinking it's disgraceful or sinful or is 'a bait for fornication' as one youth pastor said to me when I was in my early 20's and was trying to get a Christian nudist young adult's group together back in the early 90's. The church hasn't changed much since then, but has gradually started reassessing its position on LGBTIQ people though.
Interesting how people on this web forum continuously blame the Christians for being against innocent nudity. In my experience, it is just the opposite.
For example, I was born/raised in clothing optional home. My parents went to church and our family kept Christ as the center of our home. Our neighbors went to church, and they didn't care if we were nude, or if their kids came over and played with us even though we were nude (in the summer).
Down at the end of the road lived the "hippies", who went out of their way to make life miserable for everyone. They would spend their weekends protesting something, then come home and complain that the roosters were crowing and disturbing the peace. They didn't go to church, and they didn't come to the high school football games. They believed they were intellectually superior to the rest of the neighborhood because they were politically liberal and educated. Several times, they complained about us kids playing outside while nude. The supposed "progressive" people were offended by nude bodies. The Christian families made no notice of nudity. The leftist neighbors even called the cops on my parents a couple of times because we were on our own property, playing the sprinkler nude, and they were highly offended.
Forward to today.
The leftists in Sacramento, California (the state I am forced to call home for now) are going after our traditionally nude recreation areas. California Republicans defended our use of the Auburn recreation area, but the Democrats voted against our use stating "oh, the children will be harmed" and my favorite, "because someone might happen upon nude people and be offended".
So, don't give me that "one size fits all" line about Christians being the problem. In the 2nd most liberal state in the U.S.A., the liberals are the problem with our disappearing rights to be nude.
White Tail Nudist Resort in Ivor, Virginia has a non denominational church service every Sunday morning at their white chapel. The pastor and the church has been on the news and can be found on the internet. Services are in the nude/ clothing optional. According to the newest newsletter, the church is gearing up for Vacation Bible School in the summer. People interested in learning more about White Tail Chapel. They can be found on Facebook. John
As most here know, Protestant Evangelicals believe in the bodily resurrection of all those who are Christians, with "incorruptible" bodies (Paul in 1 Cor.), thus the "Rapture".
Well, imagine this: What if, during a nice, long, fancy church service, rather than bodies being raptured, the clothes were?!
Why, you know what might happen? People within the church, and withing Christendom in general, would realize a deep, dark secret: Doctors, lawyers, and Indian Chiefs are made exactly the same as, and with the same parts as, dishwashers, bus boys, waitresses, custodians, hotel maids, ditch diggers, and all the rest who don't get led to the "prominent" places of seating within the church! ;)
Seriously, though: Long ago in a galaxy far, far away (tm), my wife and I attended an independent "fundamentalist" church, thriving, and full of loving, friendly people. Most were associated with the US Navy or USMC. San Diego.
Well. One day, a lovely couple came and visited, and as was the custom then, filled out the "visitor's card", and put it in the offering basket. They had been warmly greeted by various and sundry, including yours truly. But the problem was, the wife was [GASP!!] BRALESS!! And it was quite obvious, due to much kinetic energy. ;)
Well. I and another guy were tasked with visiting them that following Tuesday (yet another custom, derived from the book of Hezekiah, Ch. 13, V. 52).
Afterward, he mentioned that they were probably trouble, if they continued to attend--due to her lack of modesty.
They visited a couple more times, each time her braless, and the friendliness was inversely proportional to their number of visits. Eventually they quit coming, and the question was mentioned, whatever became of the Smiths or whatever their name was? "Well, it was probably best they not attend, as she was a distraction to the men of the church."
I almost quit attending over that. It's heartbreaking to me, even now.
I have no problem with a nude church, as long as it's goals are focused on seeking the one true God, to fellowship with Him, to obey Him, and serve him.
The reason I make this statement is that I came across a person who wants to start a new religion that worshiped nudism.
I've attended naked worship at the chapel at White Tail Nudist Park in Ivor Virginia.
I went as a sort of a "field trip" or "research investigation": I'm a Lutheran Clergy-person and long-time nudist, and I'd heard it rumored about that there might be a Lutheran Communion service that week-end. Such was not the case: it was lay-led and more of a "praise service" than I'm accustomed to. But the community, though small, was warm and friendly and enthusiastic. And, of course, naked. And it was a pleasant surprise to see, next to a stack of Bibles, another stack of the "Lutheran Book of Worship." I was never able to get back and see if those Books of Worship had ever been put to further use.
The thing is, I've met clergy of every denomination who are also nudists. I think we are all convinced that our Christian commitment and our practice of nudism are not incompatible. There are a number of Christian nudist Face Book groups; there are several different Christian naturist gatherings in various parts of the country. I've not attended any, but that's mostly because of my own crazy schedule.
Meanwhile, I live naked when I'm at home, which means that I'm naked every morning when I'm at prayer. Maybe one day I'll have the chance to preach naked to a naked congregation, or lead worship naked, or celebrate communion naked.
And I love the motto of the Jesuits: Nudus nudum Jesum segue: "Naked I follow the naked Jesus."
"Well, it was probably best they not attend, as she was a distraction to the men of the church."
One of the real problems I have with many conservative evangelicals is that, while they talk about morality, they refuse to assume responsibility for the roots of their own actions. If a number of men were letting themselves be distracted by her, it was because they couldn't handle their own desires. It's another situation where the woman is blamed for the distraction, where the real issue is that the man weren't able to recognize their own distractability.
It's one of the reasons there are as few women involved in nudism as there are.