Could someone please tell me why every year around this time we have Christian young people going to prom (or “banquet”). [And let’s not kid ourselves into thinking by changing the name to “banquet” it suddenly becomes righteous. Or just because it is sponsored by parents and not a “Christian school” does not change the fact that our kids recognize it as prom.]
Shouldn’t we be past this issue in the Church? I was hoping by now the cycle would have been broken. When will Christian parents stand up and be CHRISTIAN PARENTS–not worldly parents? Every year we continue to allow our children to conform to worldly standards rather than being transformed (Romans 12:2). How many people reading this right now are using mental gymnastics to justify their own children’s or grandchildren’s participation at the prom/banquet? Friends, that’s called situational ethics. We must remember that if it is wrong, then it is always wrong! (see 1 Corinthians 6:9-10).
By the way, if I need to share with you why it is wrong, then the church is in much worse shape than I expected. I won’t go into the physiology of hormones and teenage boys on facebook, but Christian fathers probably remember enough to know that this is not a wholesome environment! Christian dads, what on earth are you thinking giving your daughter’s heart away so easily?
QUESTION DADS: If you owned a $250,000 sports car would you just toss the keys to
some hormonal 17 year old boy to take your daughter out for a ride? Well guess what, your daughter is worth MUCH MORE THAN THAT. You are giving your most important possession away–your daughter–to a young hormonal teen, and expecting them to remain pure before God?! Have we lost our minds? Friends, cars are easily repaired, if broken. Young girls are not as easy to repair!
But I’m sure your situation is different. I’m sure there are no young men lusting over your daughter who is showing her back, or much of her front. No lust over your daughter, who is wearing clothes tight enough that the boys can count her moles! No lust over your daughter who is wearing a dress so short that it leaves little to his imagination. I’m sure that is the case in your situation!! Look back over at what the Bible says about lust (Matthew 5:27-30; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5).
And older Christians, shame on us for commenting “She looks so pretty” when we see
images of our young ladies wearing immodest apparel, or dancing up against a guy. How
many older Christians are guilty of supporting these “young loves” rather than reminding them to not awaken love until the time is right (Song of Solomon 2:7).
Young people, do not friend me and then post your prom/banquet pictures, as your actions reflect poorly on the blood of Jesus Christ–and I’m not interested in seeing your cleavage. I’m happily married thanks! I would prefer you save those images for your husband! While many may tell you that you are beautiful, honest Christians will tell you that they are disappointed in you. Maybe every April we should post ads in the paper: Wanted, faithful Christian parents who taught their children why prom is wrong YEARS AGO!
Come on parents. Raise the bar!!! Come on Church. Let’s be a light to the world!
PS: And please don’t comment about it being only once in a life-time opportunity. Folks,
that is not justification for sin. Is that what you will tell Almighty God regarding your
parenting choices when you face Him on judgement? “But God, prom only comes around once or twice in a teens life?” “Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge.” Hebrews 13:4 Get some better priorities!