When I opened the door and stepped out of the house, a refreshing breeze bathed my face. The warm sun felt so good. Soon will be time for some fun under the summer sun, I thought. Then I reflected back to what a typical day at the beach would be like: Kids romping in the sand building sandcastles and sprinting in the surf, couples holding hands while taking a leisurely walk on the beach, young women in various stages of undress…WHOA! What’s that?
Have you taken a good look at the swimsuit selection in any department store lately? Thankfully, there are a few one-piece suits and the new two-piece tankinis that cover the complete torso, but you don’t have to go far to see what a lot of young women choose as their beach fashion. A friend of mine described them best: two strips of cloth.
Not too long ago I saw a young lady on stage receiving an award at her high school. Her skirt was so short and so tight that she appeared afraid to move and walked in short clipped steps. This was not a mature woman—this was a young teenager.
I decided to do some research while I was shopping in a mall in Raleigh. I wanted to find out what was available in today’s fashion for young ladies. Store after store had mannequins in their windows dressed in outfits with hems that came about halfway between the knee and the torso. Mind you, this was not one store or just a few mannequins. This was store after store, all catering to the teenage and young adult population.
When I see scenarios like this, I have to ask myself what kind of role model these young girls have at home. One mother of a teenage girl was heard to say “But it’s hard to say ‘No’ when all her friends are allowed to dress like that!” When young people are allowed to dress, speak, and act like they have no morals, it’s time to put your foot down and set some guidelines. Be prepared for “But why?” “Because I said so” will not cut it as an answer, no matter how tempted you are to say it. It’s time to.
“Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies” (Proverbs 31:10).