Monday, June 9, 2008

How Hot Is It?

Well, the answer to this question is, "Pretty Hot!" How do I know? 1. The temperature hit 100 degrees at 5:00 P.M. on Saturday in West Tennessee, where I was preaching a gospel meeting. 2. I have not seen any dogs outside of the shade recently. 3. I burned my hand on my child's car-seat. 4. People are taking too many clothes off in public.

It is number 4 that is disconcerting to me. Modesty is a real problem these days. We live in a state of undress in America. Why are we surprised? Internet pornography is rampant. "Girls Gone Wild" is a T.V. ad you will find on virtually any station after 11:00 P.M. Nudity is all over the entertainment scene. Even Christians allow themselves and their children to be immodest all over the country - at the beach, at the pool, at the ballpark, and at school and community functions. I have seen some amazingly immodest outfits even in worship.

A new place of immodesty in our culture is the social network. Whether it be MySpace or Facebook, or some other internet spot, folks are putting up pictures of themselves to entice the opposite sex. Skin is still in, and when the temperature rises more clothes come off. I have heard many excuses for inappropriate dress: "People shouldn't be so lustful or look long at a woman or man." "I want to show off my tan." "If you look good, what is the point if nobody can see it?"

Well, there is a point. Vanity is the point. We have to get away from being so concerned about the physical if we are going to please God.

The child of God who wants to please God will dress appropriately for eternity. How hot is it really? We may find out for sure if we are not careful.

"...that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein...~ 1 Corinthians 14:15

1 comment:

  1. AMEN!

    Thank you for the mention of vanity in this article. I think it is often overlooked in a discussion of immodest dress.

    Great writing as always.