Lust of the Eyes!

Recently I was scolded for being too protective of my teenage son. He had recently bought a football magazine and it had several pictures of cheerleaders showing most of what they had on top! I decided to color in a nice ink shirt for them. The point is not that I can protect him from the world, the point was to show him that things like that are not appropriate to set your eyes upon. He pours over those magazines for hours at a time, and if those pictures are in there, he will also be pouring over those pictures and is that something we should teach our children is ok to do?

Lust of the eyes! Many people don't even think about that anymore. Now days, a girl can wear almost anything, (or almost nothing)! My family recently went to see a Vikings game and I got to watch the cheerleaders. Back when I was a cheerleader, we wore longer skirts and full sweaters. Now, they have barely there skirts, and shirts that not only show the midriff, they barely cover the top! We were not allowed to dance provocatively, and now they can dance like they are strippers, in front of millions of viewers! On tv, young girls are taught to wear short, adult like clothes and we allow our children to watch this or even wear those outfits because it is the "in" thing to do. We are desensitized to it now. Everywhere we go, it's ok to show it off and it's ok to let everyone look and "lust" over you. Modesty is out the window and all we have left is the saying "the body is a beautiful thing." It IS, made by God, and is not meant to be used in ways to lure and cause sin.

The world wants us to think it's ok to stare longing at one another, to "lust" has become right instead of wrong and is now encouraged in the media, along with porn and other destructive ungodly habits. I draw clothes on those girls not only to protect my sons eyes, but show that God does not agree with what is being shown and that we need to make sure we are not allowing ourselves to fall into satan's web of lies. We also teach our son if an underwear ad comes on, or something inappropriate, to turn your head away and not allow yourself to dwell on what is being shown in this world. We can't hide our children in a box, but we can teach them how to protect their minds!

1 John 2:16 "For everything in the world--the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does--comes not from the Father but from the world."

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