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Topic: Outlandish (05/19/11)
TITLE: Examining Fads, and Siding With My Dad
By Verna Mull
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When I was young, there was a fad of wearing “sloppy joe” sweaters, and I am really surprised that I was allowed to wear one.
The “sloppy joe,’ was a sweater nearly 4 sizes larger than a normal sweater, and, according to my Dad, “one of the most outlandish outfits he had ever seen.”
I’m sure if my mother hadn’t been a bit sympathetic with my wanting to do some things like my peers, Dad would have sent me to my room “to get something decent on.”
Looking back today, I can imagine the conversation they may have had over allowing me to purchase the sweater.
Dad-“Why did you let her buy that outlandish sweater?”
Mom-“Well, she earned the money for it, and besides, that is what the girls are wearing nowadays.”
Dad-“And, I suppose if she earned the money, you’d let her paint up her face, her fingernails, and look just like a prostitute.”
Mom-“Of course I would not, but this little episode will pass. As a Christian girl, I know that she tries very hard to be different than people like that. There are many things we do not allow her to do, and this is one thing she can do that will not affect her relationship with God.”
Well, within a year, the fad had passed, and I can’t remember ever wanting to do some of the things that followed the “sloppy-joe.”
As I look at young people today, I’m afraid I lean towards my Dads feelings about fads. When a fad borders on indecent exposure, and suggestiveness( such as drooping pants that are just plain embarrassing), and short, short skirts with black tight tights, (leaving very little to the imagination, and making the girl look just like a flapper, it seems that things have gotten out of hand.
Oh, yes, I can overlook the overdone jewelry, unkempt hair, (which will pass); but today, the dress of many of our Christian youth is way beyond the limits of things that the Scripture says very clearly.
II Cor. 6:17 wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate unto the Lord.
Dress is specifically mentioned.
I Timothy 2:9…..adorn themselves in modest apparel
Are there any others out there that are concerned, or am I just an old “fuddy-duffy? Yes, I am siding with my Dad.
I John 2:15 Love not the world neither the things that are in this world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in Him.
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