Saturday, November 8, 2014

It's Just Me Being Me

                                                                                                            Artistic Expression.
Everyone is wearing it!        
                                                       It is just me being ME.

I walk through the glass front doors to see girls torn up jeans in places that should not be torn.  Not from hard work on a farm or from any work or toil at all.  There are short shorts that are so short the pockets hang down from under them and mini skirts so short that I don't know how they manage to sit down and don't have a tube top on their hands or a belt instead of a skirt.   Men try not to look, to avert their eyes, to look them in the face respectfully and not at what there wearing. But the truth is- it's too late. Far, far too late and these are not even grown women, but they are children some not even into puberty yet.

Where am I? I'm at church, on a typical Sunday morning. Who is dressed like this? Young girls. Some not even thirteen. They've grown up in church, they've gone to "Christian Camps". They're in Youth Group. They serve in the children's ministries. They swirl around me in a crazed mix of color, prints, and height. Seemingly unaware, in clothing I would never be allowed out of my room in. They cheerfully greet friends as I wonder when did this become "OK" and worse "The Norm"?

When did we get to the point that Youth Leaders have to specify "how short is too short" to wear to a church event. Or that if your swimming suit is too skimpy that you need to wear a t-shirt over it.

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.  Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:1-2

Maybe it's time we stop showing off us, and start showing off Him

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1

Just that it's available doesn't mean we should be wearing it. My mom has a great phrase she uses on the very rare occasion that we wanted to do something because everyone else was. "Just that everyone else is jumping off a bridge doesn't mean you should". See the bridge is available, no one has said that you can't jump off like the others. It doesn't mean you should jump off. Or let's say there is a sign that says "Dangerous! Shallow water!" but you see others still jumping. So therefore the sign must be wrong, right?

 Worship starts and hands go up but they don't even realize there causing others to stumble. 

 Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good,  and so train the young women - to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, - that the word of God may not be reviled. Titus 2:3-5

So many younger children watching. Wanting to be like them and they don't even notice. 

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Proverbs 31:30

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