June 22, 2017 v4 p24
As the temps get higher throughout the summer people try to dress accordingly. I feel like there’s a big problem with what people think is appropriate or not.
When my youngest son was going through RCIA he had to be presented to the Bishop of our diocese and have his name entered into the book of the elect. We were told that he should be dressed in normal Sunday church attire. This wasn’t a black tie affair, nor did we need to get him a sports coat. One of the notes in the email sent out to everyone was that the women attending should not wear anything that showed their shoulders. It later came to light that the Bishop doesn’t approve of that type of dress for women in church. I agree because church is not the place for anyone, male or female, young or old, to be dressing in a manner where you are trying to attract or impress anyone. If you’re trying to do either of those things in that environment then you are in it for the wrong reasons. I’m not to say that you can’t try to meet people of the opposite sex at church, but dressing immodestly is not the way for it to be accomplished. On most occasions when it’s hot outside my wife will even bring a sweater to church to help keep herself warm in the air conditioned sanctuary, so wearing strappy shirts or short shorts wouldn’t be very accommodating anyway.
I don’t think this is just an issue when people are attending church. It really points to one of our major problems in society as a whole. All over the internet and on your television people are inundated with images and videos of people who aren’t dressed appropriately. It seems that the more skin you can show the better. Unfortunately that isn’t true. In the advertising world the term “sex sells” is way too common, and they really don’t seem to care how far they push it. The racier advertisements are, the more exposure they get. And that’s not to fault the ad companies, they see a way for their product to get people’s attention and the use it. Their only concern is making an extra buck, not how their methods may effect society. If you look back at some of the television shows from the 1970s and 1980s the attire that was worn would be considered prude. It’s sad that the trend is heading that way. I remember growing up how a revealing dress used to get a picture or vide banned from TV, now unless the person is actually completely naked there’s no issue. In fact, if the pics are from the correct angle then they don’t really do anything to censor the photos.
How does this cause problems? The more we are exposed to that type of imagery, to more we become immune to it. So in order for those advertising companies, clothing companies, media outlets, to continue to be able to hold our attention they must push the limit even further. At some point they will the end of that limit and won’t be able to push it any further. What will happen then? If you can’t push things any further, then you need to push it more often. One of the biggest things I don’t miss on cable television is the advertising. There were many times that I would have to change the channel so that my children wouldn’t be exposed to talk about sex, commercials for lingerie, and other innuendos that they didn’t need to be exposed to. I can speak to how that type of thing can have a huge impact on young child’s development. Seeing and hearing that type of thing is part of what started me towards an addiction to pornography. I’ve come a long way in the last two years towards curbing that addiction, but society doesn’t make it easy to avoid the temptation when it’s all over the place. The local news is really just as big of a problem as national advertisers. I understand the stories that people want to hear about are the ones that involve those sensational headlines about sex offenders, but I don’t feel it would be that difficult for the media to be able to report the facts without me having to explain to my 11-year-old what they are talking about. At the dinner table.
As a society we are heading down a very slippery slope with our immodesty. There are two places in the bible that I think these practices point directly towards. The first place I feel today’s society can be compared to come from the Old Testament. In the Book of Genesis we are told the story of the two cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. God passed judgment on these two cities because they had fallen in to very immoral practices. When the Lord led Lot and his family to leave he told them to run and not look back or they would turn to pillars of salt. It was his wife who proved this when she stopped to look back. The other place society’s behaviors point to the bible is a little less obvious. This trend towards immorality seems to me to be a lot like the way the Romans behaved in the times surrounding the life and death of Jesus Christ. During those times it was not uncommon for multiple people to join together for what were essentially the same thing as a swinger party from the 1970s, minus the fishbowl of car keys.
I don’t expect most of society to agree with this point of view. Unfortunately most of that group that won’t, goes to church on Sunday and claims to be Christian.