There is currently a spirited debate among Christians regarding whether it is still considered a sin for a woman to wear men’s clothing or vice versa. This debate revolves around the passage found in the book of Deuteronomy, specifically chapter 22:5, which unequivocally states that a woman should not wear clothing intended for men, and vice versa.
Certain modern interpreters of the law refer to this ancient commandment when discussing appropriate attire for individuals. However, the crucial question at hand is whether this law is applicable to us today.
The prevailing consensus among many Christians is that this law no longer applies to us. Presently, women and men have the freedom to wear clothing traditionally associated with the opposite gender, as long as these garments are designed appropriately to avoid exposing private parts, drawing undue attention, and aligning with the surrounding circumstances.
It is important to understand that the Old Testament laws served their purpose and are no longer binding on Christians. We are now governed by the superior New Testament law of Christ, also known as the law of the Spirit (Galatians 6:2 and 1 Corinthians 9:21). The Old Testament laws were intended to highlight our sinful nature and guide us until the advent of Jesus Christ. With the fulfillment of this purpose, the Bible declares them obsolete and no longer obligatory for Christians or anyone else (Romans 10:4, Romans 7:1-6, Romans 3:19-20, Hebrews 7:18-19, Galatians 3:1-29).
Furthermore, the selective application of the laws outlined in Deuteronomy chapter 22 is both unbalanced and arbitrary. For instance, verse 5 is predominantly used to criticize women who wear trousers. However, if individuals insist on applying this verse to themselves, they should also adhere to the other regulations mentioned within the same chapter, such as verses 11 and 12, which prescribe not wearing garments made of mixed materials and the necessity of wearing tassels on one’s cloak. It raises the question: If one chooses to enforce these laws on oneself, what authority do they have to instruct others to join them in observing such outdated regulations?
In summary, all the Old Testament laws, including the passage in Deuteronomy chapter 22, have become obsolete since their purpose has been fulfilled through the coming of Jesus Christ, who has provided us with superior laws. However, regardless of the clothing we choose to wear, it is important to ensure that it does not lead to the exposure of private parts, attract unnecessary attention, or disregard the prevailing circumstances.