Rebecca and deril rodgers and there kids were new to the area. Daril was a professor at a community college. Rebecca had been to college. She had worked as an office manager. She had become a stay at home mom sense the kids were born. She home schooled her older kids. She had her own business where she edited Christian literature and translated it into other languages to be used on the misson field.
They moved for his job. They bought a house and sold the old house. His son was eight. She had a daughter that was six another son that was three and newborn twin daughters. They were sad to leave his home town. They were excited for there new life and a new adventure. It was a new chance and a new opportunity.
The town they had moved to was too big to be a town but too small to be a citty. It was some urban then rural but had wooded areas as well.
The two both grew up in Christian homes. The church was a big part of both there lives from day one of there lives. When becca and deryil got marred, she moved to his town and went to the church he was a member of.
They had been active at the church. They were faithfull attenders but also held posistions and were active participants in various programs in the church.
When they moved to the Everit’s notch, one of the first thing they did was to find a church. They were independent fundamental Baptist so they looked to Baptist churches in that mode.
One of those churches was abiding baptist church . it was on the outskirts of Everit’s notch. They drove a mini van. The car parked. Becky got the babies out of there car seat and held the hand of the youngest son. Deryil took care of the other kids. They headed for the church.
They saw a door greater. He wore a suit and tie. He stopped them. ” excuse me mam but i cant permit you to come in. You are out of dress code” the greater said.
Becky was shocked by this. How could she be out if dress code? Her hair was pulled up in a bun. She wore a black knitted sweater. She wore a white shirt underneth. She wore a black skirt that was well bellow the knee. She wore clear nylons and had dress shoes. She wore a slip undrneth. She always tried to dress modestly sbd conservatively. She did not own a pair of pants. She only wore dresses or skirts. This was a bit perplexing.
Both Deryil and becca were surprised by his response. Many churches that tended to have rules were more lax on guest. This church was not like that.
“May i ask how i am not in dress code? ” bec asked. “We do not alow any part of thr female leg to be visible. Nor do we alow any part of the foot to be visible. All skin below the neck must not be exposed. This rule must be strickly enforced and it is. ” the door greater said.
They did not want to be rude. They went to the car. They saw various families. Manny ladies wore ling dreses and long boots. Some wore legings or pants under dress. Aperently even collered tights still counted as leg nudity.
They had there heart set on visiting this church. They had done extensive reserch and based on activities they had, they liked the church. They visited another Baptist church. They liked it but wanted to visit that church.
That night they decided to visit the church again. She found a skirt that was long. She put on boots that went up to her knee. She checked and rechecked. She hopped that she was now ib dress code.
They drove to the church. They got the kids out. They went to the entrance. They saw the same doir greater. Becky was very nervous. She tried to stay calm.
“Good. You are now in dress code. “The door greater said. He was not very friendly. Edger had attended the church before he was born. He was uncomfortable around new people.
They went inside. People inside were far more friendly . Numerous people introduced themselves. The pastor and pastor”s wife came over to greet them.
Despite the rules , they fell in love with the church almost immediately. They decided to make it there own. The ladies in the church went out of there way to welcome her and get involved in the various womens activities in the church.
After a time, they decided to seak membership in the church. They had to attend menditory membership clases. There was a special seasion for ladies only.
“As an independent baptist church, we always put emphases on modesty and morality. We required ladies to only wear dreses or skirts. We thought we had the modesty box checked and we would good to go. When you shore up the front the enemy hits yoy from behind. If he cant get you in the mountains, he hits you in the vailey. In the old days sandles were very popular in yhe church. Many ladies took off there shoes. Seing sisters barefoot was not that uncommon. ” the pastors wife kathy explained.
“Barefoot and bare legged became the only flesh alowed in the church. It became a distraction. Young men becane obsesed with legs and feet. We saw the rise of a kind of foot fetish in The church. Women went barefoot or wore clothing thay showed off legs and feet. It got out of control. Many in the church felt that something had to be done. The church voted to set up a special study group to look into a resolution to the situation. ” kathy barret said.
“It was decided that bare foot and bear legs would be banned..this is not just during church events but at all times. This is strictly enforced. There was some opposition. Bare foot is not prohibited in scripture. Sandles were the footwear of the day for the averege person. Some felt we were creating rules that went beyond scripture. The church decided to adopt the recommendations to the study group. It hads been the rule of the church for ten years now. It has been a huge sucsess for the church ” she explaned.
Becca got rid of all her Sandles and all shoes that showed foot cleavage. Any dreses that revealed skin were ripped up. She fully adopted church policy. She became a full fleged suporter of the policy.
The only time she was batefoot was at night. All other times she wore shoes. The shoes showed no nudity.
This story is a work of complete fantasy and fiction. To my knowledge there are no chuches, Baptist or otherwise that ban bare feet.
The author is not advocating a ban on bare legs or feet. It was an idea i had.