I kind of got a mild scolding for a facebook entry. I said something about God giving us clothing to cover our shame, referring, of course, to Adam and Eve. (Pretty basic Judeo-Christian stuff, right?) It was said in a mildly facetious way, too, in reference to laundry.
So should we be ashamed of nakedness?
Well, no, not really. I would be embarrassed to be found naked by anyone but my husband, but that’s cultural conditioning. I don’t find the human body a thing of shame. Hey, I had two years of studio drawing classes. You do get used to nakedness pretty fast, or drop out. God made the human body, just as He made all living things. He didn’t make it as an object of shame.
The shame to which we refer in the narrative of the Fall from Eden is the shame of sin. Adam and Eve didn’t try to hide until they sinned. Then they tried camouflage, but no one can hide from God. It was the naked sin which was their shame, not their physical nakedness. We are given to modesty as a sacrfice of humility. It isn’t because human bodies are uglyor unseemly. Modesty is a mark of humility. We do not claim God’s beautiful creation of ourselves for ourselves and of our own making. We veil the mystery of the image of God.