Are You Ready for the Prom?
Got your dress, your suit, your ticket, and your plans ready for the upcoming spring event of the year? Are you prepared for what this means to you, your date, and those who you will see and who will see you there? This is one of the top five decisions in a teenagers life, that is, if you are a Christian. It does appear for some young Christians - and even their parents - an easy decision. Why be left out of the “one moment in time?” It is a highlight of your life as a teenager, is it not? What will it hurt? What is the harm? Others are going. The prom is definitely a “fit-in” event. Think again.
- Why do you want to attend the prom? What does it mean to you to go?
- Being a Christian is an everywhere thing. Make sure you know that if you want to go to the prom, because you will be a Christian there just as you are when you worship God or attend a Bible class.
- What example would you set by attending if you go to the prom? Who is going to want to repeat what you do there? Why not your brother? Your sister? Your parents? (Matthew 18.6)
- How many will you influence for good if you go?
- Is this the place for a Christian (Proverbs 4.20-27)?
- Lasciviousness (Galatians 5.19-21) - The misguided, immoral touching, close-holding, caressing of someone to whom you are not married. The company of this word has with other works of the flesh is not good.
- Hebrews 11.25 - Moses avoided the “pleasures of sin for a season...” Your life will be defined by this one moment, one decision: Should you go or not go? Will you want this moment to identify you later?
- Know and understand the value of a Christian as a disciple. One who is disciplined. One who is free in Christ, not free to do as you please.
- Honor self-control. What does that word mean to you? Will going to the prom exercise that trait?
- Scores of examples of immodesty will be present at the prom. You may be one of those dressed immodestly. You may even go with someone dressed immodestly. Is professing godliness what you and others will look like at the prom?
- 1 Peter 2.11-12 - Abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, and behave yourself well among the “Gentiles,” who may think you are a “too-gooder.” Will you glorify God or be glorified by those who attend the prom, should you attend (John 12.42-43)?
- Matthew 5.13-14 - Be the light and salt to preserve what is right, moral, decent, and honorable.
- Will your life be defined by the prom?
- Choose another place to go with your date and other friends who are Christians. Be a leader and go somewhere else to enjoy a beautiful, non-regrettable evening together.
- People respect a good reputation, not a bad one.
- Will you have doubt or regret if you go (Romans 14.23)? If you are not sure, why take a chance/
- Jesus is coming sometime (Matthew 25.13). Maybe at the prom.
- Not going to the prom, you avoid the temptation to lie about what you did while you were there. Many temptations to lust, drink, curse, and lie come from the prom. Many students try at a prom what they will not try any other place. Students lie when they get back home and are asked, “How was your night?” They lie to avoid trouble.
- 2 Timothy 2.22 - Flee youthful lusts. Be the servant of God instead (vv. 24-25).
- The scriptures are clear and God’s wisdom is plain: “Abstain from every appearance of evil” (1 Thessalonians 5.22). The edge is not a safe place. Why get so close to something so harmful?