Danny pointed at the picture in the library book of Roman armor. “What are those things dangling from the sword belt? They look funny.”
“Those are called sporrans.” His mom explained. “They were an important part of the Roman sword belt.”
“What do they do?” Danny’s sister Becky leaned forward to see the picture.
“Becky, you wear skirts to church. What happens when it is breezy out?” Their mom asked.
“I have to hold down my skirt or it flies up and…” Becky scowled. “It’s embarrassing.”
Danny laughed. “And people see your underwear.”
His mom gave him a stern look. “Well, Roman soldiers wore a long tunic that went down to their knees, almost like a skirt.”
“Roman soldiers wore skirts?” Danny wrinkled his nose.
His mom opened the book to a picture of a Roman soldier. “The Roman soldiers had the same problem that Becky has when she wears a skirt and it is windy. Their tunic would fly up. That’s embarrassing when it happens during battle. So to preserve their modesty and so that they wouldn’t have to worry about it when they were fighting, they wore sporrans on their belts to hold their tunics down.”
“So people wouldn’t see their underwear.” Danny said.
“Something like that.” His mother said. “Without God’s truth, a person’s inner secrets and lying heart are exposed, like a Roman soldier whose tunic flies up during battle. It isn’t pretty. It isn’t modest.” Their mom shook her head. “It’s a sorry, sorry sight when a person doesn’t have truth.”
Questions to think about:
- Read Ephesians 6:13–14 and Proverbs 3:3, 16:6 by yourself or with your parents. What did the sporrans do for a Roman soldier?
- How does truth preserve the modesty of a Christian?