I guess many of you have heard or seen the newest Abercrombie and Fitch ads and latest swimsuit line (bikinis for little girls). The bikinis have padding in the tops. To even type that makes my face red with embarrassment and frustration. I’m ashamed of what our nation is becoming. Here’s the article.
Of course this kind of thing is despicable, but let’s talk about how we have arrived to this point. We, the Church, have no one to blame but ourselves? What? That’s right. I blame myself and other believers for having a brand of morality and Christianity that has accepted and tolerated immodesty for years. And now we are reaping what we’ve planted and watered with our lack of purity.
Think about it. What do you wear at the beach? Ladies, d0 you wear bikinis? Are you getting a tan for the summer season even now so that you can show off your body? Going to the beach for me is one of the most difficult things. One of my favorite passages of Scripture is Ephesians 5:3-12:
3 But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. 4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. 5 For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a man is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.[a] 6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. 7 Therefore do not be partners with them.
8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) 10 and find out what pleases the Lord. 11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. 12 For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret.
Here’s the truth, whether we like it or not: we have compromised for long enough. The things that we let pass as “appropriate” have stepped over the line. Dance costumes and cheerleading outfits and bathing suits at the beach or so sexually provocative today that it is easier to say, (even of Christians), there is not even a HINT OF MODESTY among God’s UNHOLY people anymore.
But, we continue to allow many of our daughters to wear things that are inappropriate. Yet, we no longer see them as inappropriate. Why? So, they will fit in? Be liked? Be popular? Everyone else is wearing it? We want our kids to be like everyone else, right? We don’t want them to look different or act different do we? What was that line in Scripture about being in the world, but not OF it?
Think about it, even the clothes that many of our girls wear to school is provocative, to say the least. Many of the shirts and jeans are so tight that it causes me to turn my head. Moms and daughters don’t get this in a lot of instances. But, you ask a Dad or a son what he thinks when he sees tight-fitting clothes and certainly the outfits that college and professional cheerleaders and dancers wear today (even in many of our high schools). They’ll tell you. It’s impossible to think “holy thoughts.” They’ll tell you that there is MUCH more than a “hint” of sexual immorality.
What do we expect when we’ve become so used to seeing our ladies and daugthers dress with almost nothing on. We’re blind to it. We’ve been deceived by Satan that immodesty is accepted and we’ve matured in our thinking. No, we’ve dropped into the gutter and called it progress.
I started to show a picture of a cheerleading squad that I just googled…but, I thought, “Kevin, you are about to do the very thing the Bible speaks about as wrong.” I’ve decided that I can’t show a single picture in this post, because to do so would be to show things that are unholy and immodest. You can use your own mind to conjur up images of what’s out there today. I don’t have to display it for you.
Christian, why do we let our children wear what they wear? Why should we be surprised at A&F and their new line of swimsuits for 8-year olds? We’ve created an appetite for such things in what we’ve allowed to come through our TV screens and through RedBox videos and the like. I am astounded at what “Christian” teenagers watch (and adults). I see this all the time on Facebook from “Christian” teens as their favorites:
Bob Marley, Lady Gaga, South Park, MTV’s 16 and Pregnant, The Hangover, Eminem, WWE Raw, Jersey Shore.
Is this appropriate? Aren’t these shows and singers laced with sexual immorality? Yet, this is what our “Christian” children are feeding themselves. This is a steady diet from the sewer. Why do we allow it, parents?
We get in an uproar about A&F and padded bikinis for 8-year olds and we should. But, what about our own? When will we look in the mirror and ask: “What am I going to allow my daughter or myself to wear to the beach this summer?” We need to be asking what we are allowing our little boys to see and yes, Dads to see. Dads, we need a backbone today. We need to stand for modesty and for truth. We are called to be God’s “holy people,” and as Fathers we should be leading in this effort!
Did Jesus die on the cross to pay for our sins so that we could call what He was slaughtered for”cute?” I think not. Do you know why there are so few companies out there today that sell modest clothing? It’s simple economics. There’s not a demand for it. The Christians buy the same clothes as the non Christians. That’s why the salt has lost its saltiness and is being thrown out and trampled by men. We have faded into the limelight and no longer stand for righteousness.
Paul said we can be saved if we confess with our mouth the Lord Jesus (Romans 10:9-10). But, that confession must lead to something else that happens in the heart. If we confess with our mouth that we are followers/disciples of Jesus, then we will believe “unto righteousness.” That means we will live “right.”
Is Abercrombie and Fitch a filthy retailer? You decide. But, I’m going to be the first to admit it. It’s my fault. God help me to stand for righteousness in the future, even if it offends someone or makes them uncomfortable. I’m tired of being uncomfortable at ball games, dance competitions and even in the hallways of the church. Aren’t you?
Now, please understand. I’m not advocating starting a letter writing campaign against A&F or marching on Washington. I’m talking about living our lives as God’s holy people. Let’s just live like Christians, shall we? Let’s live like Jesus followers. Let’s let our “yes” be “yes” and our “no” be “no.” Jesus said, “If you love me, keep my commands.” John said, that “His commands are not burdensome.” Let’s be salt in our little corner of the world. When an opportunity comes to stand for righteousness, then stand. Expect to be confronted, because you will. The culture will demand it. But, let’s stand for righteousness.
Sir, if you feel uncomfortable about something your daughter is asked to wear, say something about it. Dad, if you see your daughter has on shorts that are so short they make you blush, then say something about it (in love). If her shirt is too tight, then speak up. When we do so in this way, then we will make a difference one family at a time and that will spread to our churches and yes, to the nation. If this happens, then there will no longer be a demand for 8-year old padded bikinis. I promise you that.
What do we expect? What does the Lord expect? Are they different? They shouldn’t be. He said, “Be holy for I am holy.” Let’s start expecting Christians to live righteously and that begins with me.