As Christian pilgrims in an alien society, we find ourselves under constant pressure to compromise our principles and standards. In order to strengthen and safeguard the beliefs and practices of the Alliance, we urge careful attention to the following issues:
If sisters choose to wear culottes for social activities or work that would increase her ability to remain modest while doing those activities, they should be of “sufficient length” to cover the knees when sitting, have “sufficient material” to avoid a tightness on the legs that would give the appearance of “shorts,” and should only be worn with the approval of her husband or father.
Because wearing shorts borders on immodesty, can leave a poor testimony, and may cause offense, we strongly encourage men to wear full length trousers for all public life. Exceptions could include the wearing of shorts below the knee for non-public activities such as water sports, etc.
Since the tie serves no practical purpose other than ornamentation, and out of respect for the convictions of others, we appeal to our brethren to abstain from wearing a tie at any conjoint BMA-related activity.
Recognizing the tremendous impact of television and other forms of mass media, we strongly recommend that all “spiritually detrimental programming” be removed from the home. Media that is acceptable can also be detrimental if not used thoughtfully and deliberately. We must allow the Holy Spirit to guide us in controlling their impact on our lives, and refrain from practices that would grieve the Holy Spirit and hinder our witness for Christ.
We ask our constituency to respect the views of other brothers regarding media use. When one is in the presence of others who are offended by our use of any form of media, we should abstain for our brother’s conscience sake.
Biblical Mennonite Alliance Council of Overseers, July 2011
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