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September 27, 2006

Re: Another Reason

I was just about to mention that article as well, Catherina. I suspect there is no small connection between the suggestive T-shirt trend and the proclivity for young girls to idolize atrocious role models like Britney Spears, Madonna, and -- apparently -- Charlotte Church. As another line in the Post piece notes:

In a culture that bombards teenagers with sexual imagery -- think of rapper 50 Cent's song "Candy Shop," about the pleasures of consuming lollipops -- the T-shirts are just another way to revel in raunchy entertainment, without necessarily getting physical, according to students interviewed for this story.

But it would be ridiculous for the media or parents or teachers to be fooled into thinking that such visual and aural stimulation does not fuel the temptation for a physical response. We know better.

Young girls are confused enough as it is, being bombarded on all sides with messages and promises that conflict with the God-given yearning for beauty and love. And young men are being encouraged to affirm such deception, rather than defending the chastity of their sisters. I'm not sure how to curb these trends, but I don't think we can do too much to reinforce purity and chivalry -- however counter-cultural it may seem.

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Lisa

It does matter what you wear. It does matter what you listen to, etc. The first reason being from Phillipians 4:8 "whatever things are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy, think on these things" NKJ "you'll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling gracious-the best, not the worst; the beautiful not the ugly; things to praise not things to curse" The Message. We need to get back to holiness. "I have made a decisive dedication of my body as a living sacrifice, holy (devoted,consecrated) and well pleasing to God, which is my reasonable service and spiritual worship. I am not conformed to this world , but I am transformed by the renewal of my mind, so that I may prove what is the good and acceptable and pefect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect" Romans 12:1-2

I also know first hand that music can have a huge influence on you. My nineteen year old son is now serving seventeen years in prison. He told me that he was watching a Fifty Cent video (that glamorizes violence, sex, etc.) and decided to act it out. So he dressed in black and went to a bar and proceeded to break in the cars in the lot to steal whatever he could find. Later, he was involved in a robbery of a drug dealer that led to someone being killed. This music promotes sex, violence, hatred of authority, etc. and can have an influence on you and leave you deceived. My son thought he couldn't get caught, and he never thought it would have ended up the way it did.

As the old saying goes, if you have a bad dog and a good dog, which will be stronger? The one you feed.

Please pray for the salvation of Fifty Cent and all others who don't know Jesus.

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