A Worthy Example

There are few things more pleasing to me than to see a young Christian willing to take a bold stand for what is right. Instead of giving in to peer pressure, which is characteristic of most teenagers, occasionally you will see some who remember their Creator in the days of their youth (Eccl. 12:1). Robin Underwood is such a young Christian.

Robin likes to play basketball. From what I understand she is pretty good at playing basketball. Robin wanted to play on the school’s team. Of course, she knew the uniform of the girl’s basketball team was unbecoming for one professing godliness (1 Tim. 2:9-10). So she decided that she would play only if she was allowed to wear her warm-up pants. This attire was permitted by the coach, so Robin is now playing on her school’s team.

Robin is a fine example of how one can enjoy life while at the same time putting God first in her life. One can engage in wholesome activities without performing in immodest apparel. One can make time for proper secular events without sacrificing service to God. You can “rejoice … during your childhood” and “yet know that God will bring you to judgement for all these things” (Eccl. 11:9).

Those young girls who believe that they must strip before the world in order to play basketball need to reconsider. Those young girls who believe they must appear naked (the Bible uses that word for the improperly clothed) before they can lead their band in marching need to stop and think again. Those young girls who believe they must appear in lewd dress and actions before they arouse the cheers of the crowd need to restudy their decision. Robin didn’t have to compromise with the world; why do you?

What is more important? Is a winning trophy worth the price of modesty? Is a high kick worth the price of purity? Is a split worth the price of godliness? “For what will a man be profited, if he gains the whole world, and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matt. 16:26)

Robin is the oldest daughter of John and Rosetta Underwood of Route 1, Box 210, Middlebourne, WV 26149.

Ronny Millner

Guardian of Truth XXVII: 17, p. 527
September 1, 1983