Saturday, February 2, 2013

THE FOOLISHNESS OF FASHION


(Red Deer Advocate, April 6th, 2010.) Some fashion trends are good. Some are bad. Some are debatable. To put a modern application to a New Testament line, “We never saw it on this fashion” (Mark 2.12.)

From what the article says, these lads might be from New York City. It may be that they live in the projects in a broken home. How they came to be so foolish as to wear their pants down is unknown. What might have prevented their fashion faux pas is correction at an early age. “Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; the rod of correction shall drive it far from them” (Proverbs 22.15.) No matter how deficient their upbringing has been, whether by lack of father or want of mother or both, who will believe that the lads know no better? Just watch your five year old kid put his pants on next time. He knows enough to pull them fully on. So we can conclude, if we suppose that the lads are as smart as five year olds are, that their failure to pull their pants up is not due to ignorance.

Notice the comment by Markus. He says that he pulls his pants up to show respect to elders. He knows that this behavior is offensive, then. The brothers are in a parking lot. Are there no elders around? The truth is, the foolish lads wear their pants like that to throw attitude around, just like the rappers do. They walk after the fashion of their idols.

Nothing is more a mark of spiritual and moral darkness than the foolish things the prince of darkness makes his subjects do. He makes these lads think they’re tough even while they walk around like babies needing a diaper change! That’s Cunning with a capital C! That’s Deception with a capital D! The devil knows how to fashion a fool!

The Lord knows how to turn a fool from his folly. Listen close, all ye baggy-pant brothers. Realize that these foolish things you do are the effects of being under the spell and sway of evil influence. Realize that your baggy-pant trend is proof that your sense of right and wrong is being obliterated by the devil-spirit that you serve. Realize that Jesus Christ died naked on a cross so that foolish sinners would not have to bear their own shame. “Shame shall be the promotion of fools” (Proverbs 3.35.) This end you do not want. Don’t you know that fools are hell-bound? Who knows, given a later birth-date, and different circumstances and upbringing, maybe I’d be wearing baggy pants below my belt-line too. “Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein” (Acts 14.15.)

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