For our next (vintage)Blossom Tea Party in October, I will be speaking to the girls about different things that have changed throughout time and the fact that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
I remember getting upset while I was growing up because my mom wouldn't let me go out with my friends as often as I would have liked. She once told one of my aunts that she was trying to change and conform to more modern times, but the liberty we wanted as children was just not coming soon enough.
One of the definitions of conforming is to act in accordance with prevailing standards or customs. My mom did that to some degree. In some cases, like in my mother's, there was no harm done. Nowadays, it has been taken to a whole other level.
If you think back, television shows from back in the 50's (I Love Lucy, for example) were very careful in the words they would use and the intimacy portrayed in the programming. Married couples were not allowed to be shown to sleep on the same bed and the word "pregnant" was still not allowed in television.
Vulgarity crept into the media as time went on, based on the people's level of tolerance. Why did it go in the media? Because we live it. We tolerate it. Many have lost their respect for others and themselves. Proper speaking is also going out the window, thanks to "texting" and instant "messaging". People are in such a rush to get their messages across, and quite frankly, lazier at times and have developed a shorter version of their language. This will have consequences. Especially in kids and young adults.
I am saddened that even many news stations are now allowing revealing attire on women and vulgar, suggestive jokes. We have become so arrogant that we have fooled ourselves into thinking that everything should be tolerated and everything is acceptable, thinking ourselves wise enough to draw our own border lines and then compromise in that too.
No. We are not that wise and we don't set the standards and border lines. God did that. WE obey. HE disciplines. That's how it goes.
The fact that many are the people blindly conforming to this fallen world should have us on our knees, interceding; not quietly tolerating it and being careful to be politically correct. Our Savior was not politically correct. There is no need and there is no benefit.
Wrong will always be wrong and right will always be right. Yes, there are many different cases and scenarios, but if we remain in God's Word and continuously seek Him, we will be able to still make wise decisions based on HIS standards and Truth; not ours and DEFINITELY not the world's.
Our ministry and circle of influence begin at home. We all know it. We may not put our best foot forward, but we know it. We know we shouldn't use profanity, we know we shouldn't gossip, we know we probably shouldn't be watching certain shows on television, etc. If we want to see a change in behavior and values, we must first look in our own home. We must get right with God, stop compromising, and maintain our integrity. Your family may have to stand alone at times, but your Heavenly Father, who deserves our complete devotion, sees you and is on your side. That's all we need.
"And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect."
Stand firm and be blessed!