We drove to Northgate Mall in Hixon, TN to eat at Chick-fil-A on Wednesday. I was making a statement regarding my support for free speech. Jodi wanted to support the restaurant because of the Cathy family’s fearless stance of traditional values. My kids just like the food. As we left the mall, we walked by the Victoria’s Secret store. If you are unfamiliar with the chain, Victoria’s Secret is a woman’s clothing store whose pictures and posters blur the line between advertisement and pornography. My sons think that the images of women dressed in their underwear is gross. (I hope they never change!) As usual, I did not look in the direction of the store. TJ and Dayton were far more demonstrative in their reaction. When we approached the store, one of the boys lifted his hand and offered up a form of a salute, blocking his eyes from seeing the pictures. His brother followed suit, saluting the store in our exit.
Is it really necessary for Victoria’s Secret to be so graphic in so public of a place–a place where boys and young men are required to travel?
Leaving the ethic of advertisement for now, please allow me to make an application based upon God’s Word and the actions of my sons.
“I have made a covenant with my eyes; How then could I gaze at a virgin?”
Job 31:1; NASB
“I made a solemn pact with myself never to undress a girl with my eyes.”
Job 31:1; The Message
“Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
1 Corinthians 10:31; NASB
“So eat your meals heartily, not worrying about what others say about you–you’re eating to God’s glory, after all, not to please them. As a matter of fact, do everything that way, heartily and freely to God’s glory.”
1 Corinthians 10:31; The Message
Men–what are you doing when you encounter sexually explicit images? My exhortation to you this weekend is simple: