Poetry With A Mission

...a thought provoking poetical exercise.

It Needs To Be Said

“Also that the women should dress themselves modestly and decently in suitable
clothing… as is proper for women who profess reverence for God” (1 Tim 2:9,10).

We go to church to worship a God who is very Holy,
And there, we’re to dwell on Him, gazing upward devotedly.
However, some women make that very hard for men to do,
For they draw a man’s gaze downward, deprive God of what He’s due.

How? By the way that they’re dressing, that in church is far from right,
As earthly desires, not spiritual desires, they excite.
Seems that modesty and virtue have lost out to worldly ways
That holler, "Look at my body!" which the sexual displays.

Sometimes it’s a low cut dress that displays just enough to tease,
Or a revealing valley and nestling hills that some bras squeeze.
And sometimes it is clothing that hugs every sensual curve,
Or bare midriffs, hems far too high — all of which — low passions serve.

And hence the eyes of many men are steered in a direction
That is linked to lust, earthly desires, or wrongful affection.
They struggling to discipline feelings that they shouldn’t have to
When seated in a church where minds and eyes shouldn’t go askew.

But I find it quite intriguing that women display their ware
Knowing that it makes men look, but hey, they had better not stare.
It’s hard enough for males not to, when confronted with what stirs,
But sexuality in church — here, a woman badly errs.

For such God finds offensive, as it has no place in His house,
Nor, by the way, those little snuggles in the pew with one’s spouse.
For worship’s a sacred affair — it’s hands off and eyes upward,
As we’re there to revere our God — yes, to focus on our Lord.

The sexual — displayed outside marriage — God condemns strongly,
But more so when it’s displayed in worship; such being idolatry.
How? It puts self before God, appeals to man, is a pagan act,
For pagans mix sex with worship, and thus, God’s Word counteract.

By Lance Landall

“A gracious woman gets honor, but she who hates virtue [moral excellence, sexual purity]
is covered with shame [a Christian woman should dress and act in a modest way sufficiently
covering the body to avoid embarrassment or temptation]” (Prov 11:16).

“ ...but rather determine this — not to put an obstacle or a stumbling block in a brother’s way
(Rom 14:13, NASB).