Sunday, May 23, 2010

"Love Patrol"

"LOVE PATROL," I read. Before I know it I realize I'm staring at some girl's butt. I divert my eyes, slightly embarassed that I'm reading someone's derrier. I internally roll my eyes. All I can come up with is WHY? This isn't the first time. I've seen the written word wiggling and shaking down there before.

A trip to the waterpark this weekend is all the reminder I needed that this world is in serious need of some modesty. Good luck to any man, any boy for that matter that dares to have a nice day at the beach or some fun on a waterslide.

I'm thinking we need a revolution. Is anyone else with me here?

Either people are clueless or they just don't care. No lie, the other day at the gas station a girl was wearing a shirt with two big eyes strategically placed "you know where". Are you kidding? "Look into my eyes...not the ones on my shirt!"

What happened to modesty? Too-tight shirts, mountains of cleavage (excuse the pun), short shorts...everything is getting smaller and tighter. Just because you are covered with cloth doesn't mean you aren't accentuating your "curves". I'm not asking anyone to wear a burka (although I did see a waterproof one at the waterpark) I just think we could be a little more mindful about what we are showing the world. If only we viewed our bodies as a God honoring temple maybe we would be more protective of it.
"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body." 1 CORINTHIANS 6:19-20
Are we being intentional about what we choose to wear? Are we thinking about what people are going to see? In this world of sexual abuse, infidelity, and even rape are we thinking about who is looking at us and whether we are okay with that? We SHOULDN'T be okay with that.

Parents, are we teaching our children, girls AND boys, about modesty, privacy, appropriateness? What about respecting ourselves and the opposite sex? We have a huge responsibility to our kids to talk about this. Do we set good examples of modesty in how we dress? Do we guard our eyes from things we shouldn't be looking at? Are we causing someone else to have to guard their eyes?

I obviously feel strongly about this. It's not something you hear discussed a lot. You may not agree with me. Or you may be one of those people that never really thought about it until now. It doesn't take long to become desensitized to the inappropriateness of this world. Do you even see it anymore? Does it make you feel uncomfortable? Do you worry for your son? your husband? Temptation is everywhere. As much as I see a need for modest dressing I also believe there is an equal responsibility to not look. I just feel like there is less to "look at" if there is more modesty.

So come on girls! Cover up, loosen up, buy the longer shorts, the scoop neck instead of the V-neck, don't wear words on your butt...it's a revolution! Who will join me?

3 comments:

Megan said...

AMEN!!!!! I feel the EXACT same way!

Carolyn Byers Ruch said...

You go, girl. A tough subject. So many discussions to be had. It's a heart thing. Reminds me of the Casting Crowns line, "God's got to change her heart before he changes her shirt". Yet, I do know girls who haven't had a heart change who dress more modestly than those who have. It's a puzzle, but we won't make any progress without starting the conversation. Thanks for starting the chat.

Christy said...

I never heard that Casting Crowns line before. Thanks for sharing it, Carolyn!

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