“Depart! Depart! Go out from there, touch no unclean thing; go out from the midst of her; be clean, you who bear the vessels of the Lord.” (Isaiah 52:11, NKJV)
“For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s” (1 Cor. 6:20, NKJV)
(With these verses in mind, I urge our readers to seriously consider the following article – Michael)
It’s Spring Again
by Frank Chesser
It’s Spring again. Naked branches clothe themselves with splendorous color. Brooks sparkle with new life as they course their way through woods and meadows of green. Birds sing, nest, and fly incessantly in search of food for hungry mouths. Butterflies wing their way through sunlit skies. Fish spawn, flowers bloom and glow and newly attired boughs sway gently in balmy breezes as the symphony of nature sings its songs of joy.
It’s Spring again. Members of the kingdom, once saved by grace and redeemed by blood have rejoined the ways of the world. Nature robes itself, and man disrobes. Skimpy apparel becomes commonplace. Snakes shed their skin, and men shed their clothes. Professed Christians cease walking by faith and commence walking by flesh.
In shame, Adam and Eve hid among the trees of Eden. Void of shame, many in spiritual Israel put their partially clad forms on public display. Emerging from the womb of winter, nature arrays itself in resplendent color. Rising from the sphere of worldliness, the image of God wraps itself in the cloak of lasciviousness. Purity gives way to lust.
Teaching on modesty in dress is seldom done and when done, is largely ignored. Such efforts are viewed as archaic and out-of-touch with the times. The extreme permissiveness of modern society has blinded the minds of many in church with regard to the very essence of spirituality. In matters of dress, there is often no distinction to be seen between members of the church and members of the world. Such people are viewed by those in the world as no different from themselves, and thus, have nullified their spiritual magnetism in drawing men to Christ.
There is no justification for joining spring’s parade of flesh. Participation cancels the light of one’s influence and aligns him with the world. It is wholly inconsistent with the principle of holiness, “without which no man shall see the Lord” (Heb. 12:14). It is lascivious in its very nature and “they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God” (Gal. 5:19-21). (from “The Forest Hill News”, Vol. 29—Num. 18, Forest Hill Church of Christ, Memphis, TN)