Gospel singer Erica Campbell has often been criticised for dressing ‘too sexy’ for a Christian woman – but the singer says her curvy body “is not a curse”.
Since emerging onto the music scene in 2000 as one half of gospel duo Mary Mary, the singer has come under fire for wearing clothes that many felt were inappropriate for a Christian woman.
Last year, Christian criticism hit fever pitch when the I Luh God hitmaker shared on Instagram a picture of herself wearing a figure-hugging white dress that accentuated all her natural curves (below).
One pastor took to social media to comment on Campbell’s outfit, saying: “THIS IS NOT OKAY. Yes, you are a beautiful, curvy woman…but NO MA’AM YOU ARE SINGING THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST. Saints…smh COME ON.”
But in a recent interview, Campbell made it clear that she’s comfortable with the body God gave her.
“I know God put me in this body and this is not a curse,” Campbell said. “If a man is dealing with lust then all he’s gonna see is my hips – they are there, I didn’t buy them, God gave them to me!
“Should I flaunt them? No. That should never be my intention. But I’m comfortable in my skin.”
The 43-year-old added that she knows her limits when it comes to dressing ‘too sexy’, because she is guided by the Holy Spirit.
“[I know it’s too much] when the Holy Spirit that lives inside of me says ‘No, that’s too much – that’s too far’. That is my regulator; I trust my heart and I pray about it.”
Erica’s sentiments got us thinking: Do you think Christian women should, as the Bible says, “adorn themselves in modest apparel”? Or should their hearts and their actions be considered more important than the clothes they wear?
Tell us what you think.
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