Yoga pants are sinful, because they tempt men by showing the real figure of the woman wearing them. Hence, yoga pants must go - and probably yoga too.
But to our great surprise, the Bible doesn't talk about yoga pants, or any other pants, for no one wore pants when the Bible was written. But it does talk about the eyes, for everyone had eyes even then, and still do.
"The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness! (Matt 6:22-23, NIV)
Now, before everyone throws a fit about lust, these verses talk about coveting money, but they do make a point. The eye is the lamp of the body, for the heart sees what the eyes see.
But is is the responsibility of the heart to respond correctly to what the eye sees, for the heart is the seat of reason in biblical vocabulary.
(Yes, the heart, not the head)
If the heart can remain true to God and not worship Mammon although the eyes have seen wealth, why can't the heart remain true to God and not lose control even if the eyes have seen a woman wearing yoga pants, or, how did another blogger put it, "Christian Cleavage?'
And if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell (Matt 18:9 NIV).
The verse does not say "If your yoga pants cause others to sin, take them off and throw them away." It speaks of the eyes, for our eyes see everything. Yet, although we may see all things, the heart decides what we will do with the information, whether we throw all caution in the wind, or whether we control ourselves.
The Bible tells us that we need to control ourselves, because God holds us responsible for our own sin, not the sins of others.
I do wonder what Eve would say about all of this if we could go back in time and tell her about our modesty requirements. She might think we were being funny, she might laugh about it, but in the end, she would tell us that the human body is not sinful, or evil; it is beautiful.
The problem is that a lot of Christians have an Old Covenant attitude about the New Covenant. We think men just can't control themselves, which is why the law gave the death penalty for rape. But the New Covenant says a man who respects a woman will be able to look at her, and appreciate the beauty - and then move one - for the purified heart is capable of being faithful to God. The wicked heart has been washed clean, our hearts are no longer evil and out of control (Acts 15:9), which is why we are now sons and daughters with freedom from the law, and this freedom comes with responsibility to keep the heart pure and the conscience clear (Heb 10:22). Not everyone else's hearts, but our own.
So why not yoga pants, or cleavage, or any other mode of dressing the female body since we are now able to trust one another that the momentary feeling of desire we feel when we see something beautiful doesn't cause anything other than a heart that beats a bit faster. I think we can all live with that.