Mini-Skirts and Mini-Morals

Connie W. Adams
Louisville, Kentucky

One of the symptoms of declining moral values is the mini-skirt. For years brief attire worn by some women has destroyed their sense of modesty and decorum. Half-time football shows have presented many of our young girls in strutting poses and burlesque revues, under the proud and smiling eyes of their own parents. So, why not the miniskirt?

Who, in moments of sane reflection, could deny the connection between immodesty of dress and immorality in society? Designers of the mini-skirt have plainly stated that their creation was intended to give emphasis to the new sexual freedom. Yet, many women can be seen even in worship services who would have difficulty STANDING decently, to say nothing of sitting that way. One man remarked that he dreaded to take up the collection, for he felt guilty being forced into watching a leg show at a church service. Whether his comment was just or not, at least it should, be given some thought.

What does the Bible teach? Paul wrote "that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shame-fastness, and sobriety" (I Tim. 2:9). Jesus said "whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart" (Mt. 5:28). Certainly men should strive to keep their minds and hearts clean, but women should not make it so difficult for them.

It is past time for God-fearing and Bible believing people to speak up for decency in thought, speech, literature, action and even in dress. Preachers need to have some conviction on these matters and then need the COURAGE of those convictions. At Manslick Road we do not pretend to be fashion experts nor to set the exact length of a skirt, but the truth of God's word is taught on the subject of modesty and we sincerely try to make those UNCOMFORTABLE who do not intend to practice it.

January 21, 1971