How times have changed
I was waiting in line to purchase some items in the department store Target. Target had kindly put up a TV on the wall so we had something to watch as we wait - that is, if you enjoy advertisements. Previous advertisements have included baby wear, Manchester, latest fashions and the like. Today's though had me thinking . . . how times have changed.
Today's advertisement involved 6 or so women (they all looked like mums) in their 30s parading around in bras and undies. That is to say, pretty much naked. This advertisement played over and over again for the entire time I waited (on a large TV screen). It was probably the "ad of the day". We are so use to seeing almost naked women, that this advertisement didn't raise any eyebrows as no-one really cared or even noticed. It wasn't a tasteless ad by any means, but that still doesn't hide the fact that we are so use to see semi-naked women that these ads are now completely acceptable to be shown at any time of the day, in any location. We are now completely immuned to immodesty, it appears on the streets, on our TVs, in the magazines at the newsagency and no-one notices. It has happened relatively slowly so we haven't noticed it creepying upon us and now we are inmersed in it like a fog.
You do have to wonder where we will go from here . . . what will be acceptable in advertisements in shopping centres in a few years time. We already have semi-naked ladies selling bras (or swim wear) and men parading around in their underwear, gays promoting gay marriage . . . what next.
How do your husbands feel when they see ads like this playing in public? What do you tell you young sons?
In like manner also, that the women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing.
1 Timothy 2:9