Inequality of the Body

“and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty,” 1 Corinthians 12:23

“our unrepresentable parts with greater modesty” implies that some parts require greater coverage and concealment than others. Modern thought holds the egalitarian principle that all body parts are exactly the same and can be displayed equally. Therefore, this passage makes no sense to modern audiences. In fact, some feminists claim that “unrepresentable parts” is a form of “body shaming.” But Paul says that God made a hierarchy in the body and in the church, and that this inequality actually binds up the parts in close union:

“But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, 25 that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. 26 If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.” 1 Corinthians 12:24-26


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