Article - Should Our Youth Attend The Prom?

As vice president of my senior class, I chose not to attend my public high school prom. This is despite the fact that school officials, peers and even some of my Christian friends thought I should attend. The teacher of my “officers’ class” threatened to give me a bad grade if I did not attend. My peers and their parents would say, “But this is your prom; you will regret it later on in life if you do not go.” Others would say, “But you are a class officer; you have to attend.” My parents did not try to discourage me from attending. Nor did the church where I worshiped put on a “prom alternative” to help ease the possible “temptation.” Simply put, I was convicted by the Bible truths taught consistently by a caring evangelist (and Bible class teachers) who continued to preach on the dangers of the modern dance throughout my youthful days. Now that I am an evangelist, I hope that I can touch a young person with the same Biblical truths. What sins are usually present at the prom? (1) Immodesty (1 Timothy 2:9); (2) “Indecent bodily movements” (one of the meanings of the last word in Galatians 5:19); (3) Lust (Matthew 5:27-28) which usually afterwards leads to drunkenness, fornication, revelry (Galatians 5:19-21); (4) Harmful examples to others (Romans 14:21); (5) Paganistic dancing (Exodus 32:6, 19; Mark 6:21-29). Young people, “Remember your Creator in the days of your youth” and “flee youthful lusts” (Ecclesiastes 12:1; 2 Timothy 2:22)!


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