SEPTEMBER 6

Clothed in Righteousness

Everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure. 1 JOHN 3:3

Barbara and I were eating in a fast-food restaurant when we noticed a couple of college kids wearing T-shirts with gross, sexual vulgarities on them.

Maybe it was because we were out of town—or maybe it was because I was eating a cheeseburger when I should have been having a green salad! But something made me want to appeal to these two young men, man to man.

So Barbara and I talked it over, and I said to her, "Go unlock the car and have the motor running, just in case I need to make a quick getaway."

I walked over and smiled as I introduced myself. "Young men," I said, "I don't know how you'd feel if your mom walked in right now, but I want you to know that my wife was sitting over there and saw what was written on your T-shirts, and she found it deeply offensive."

As they began to back away from their burgers, I continued to smile but said firmly, "One day when you're a dad like me, and your boys want to wear shirts like these, I hope you'll teach them what it means to be a man and to have respect for the opposite sex."

Now, I'm not suggesting that this approach is always a good idea. But be sure to tell your children, "Never forget that the way you dress is a reflection of who you are. You are a member of this family, and you are a child of God."

It has been said that all that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing. I don't take on every issue, but I am determined to take on those that God clearly sets before me. What about you?

DISCUSS

Are you content with the way your children are dressing? Identify any areas that need to be addressed. Make plans to talk to your children about them.

PRAY

Thank Him for giving you the privilege of shaping your children's conscience.

Thank Him for the responsibility you and your children have to honor God with your lives.

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