I am not your typical female. I have no desire to: cook, clean, decorate, own more than six pair of footwear including boots, own more clothes than I can wear in two weeks, have expensive jewelry, get a mani-pedi, or shop for anything other than tools (especially power), electronics or school supplies. So it was with trepidation that I agreed to shop with two girlfriends at (gasp, choke… come on- breathe) Victoria Secret. (shiver)
We entered the mall food court to find that store located on the left when I noticed a DQ (Dairy Queen) straight ahead. I pointed and gave puppy dog eyes hoping to be relieved of the torment within ‘those’ wretched walls when my companions had mercy on me and agreed. I sat, enjoying my large chocolate dipped cone while they did that ‘girlie thing’ I hate.
As I ate my cone, I did one of the things I love to do- people watch. There were many parents with young children that day. The kids appeared to be an average age of 8. Then I looked over at the store wondering how long I would have to wait when I noticed the advertisements outside the store facing into the food court. On each side of the doorway there was a gigantic photo poster of a girl in nothing but a fancy bra and panties.
Where people were eating.
In full view of young children.
For the first time I realized how badly our consciences are seared (1Tm. 4:2) in North America that mostly naked females are displayed without shame. In fact, upon hearing the story my son said… Mom, this is normal. He is right: it is normal for the times, but that does not make it right. We now accept indecency without even expressing concern. Oh how far we have fallen.
Let’s consider tv for a moment. We watch ‘tv couples’ who have affairs and we are glad because one of them deserved to be happy. Little do we consider all the couples we watch are committing adultery (or fornication) for they are all the real life spouse of someone else. Thus all the couples we watch kissing or pretending to have sexual relations are doing so with someone else’s spouse. Oh, but they aren’t really doing it! Sometimes. Sometimes not. Does the appearance of really make it better?
Watching tv is looking, observing… adultery, nudity- partial or not, gross sin, perversity, murder… it is making me sick thinking about how far down we have sunk in our morality that we no longer see or care about the sin. We are so burned by it that we are insensitive to it. Jesus said even looking can be wrong:
But I say to you that whoever looks on a woman to lust after her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. Mt. 5:28
Father, help us remember that right and wrong are determined by You, our Creator. We cannot judge right or wrong by morals of today or of the majority view, but only by You and Your Word. Help us to be bold and strong in this dark world, to do right whether others see us or not and make a stand for right AT ALL TIMES.
For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.
Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.
-Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.
-For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.
-And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though they know God's righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them. Rm. 1:20-32 ESV