A recent article in the Louisville-based newspaper, The Courier-Journal, noted that sports clothing for girls and women is extremely revealing (August 19, 2012, p. E1). The fashion editor tells of her experience shopping with her daughter for field hockey practice apparel. She was shocked when her daughter wanted to wear a sports bra without a covering t-shirt. The article goes on to discuss several other points.
Following are some of our observations after reading the article – in no particular order.
1. Parents have the ultimate control over the dress of their children.
God gives parents charge over the lives of their children. It is the duty of the father to raise his children in the Lord (Eph. 6:4). Their moral training, physical needs, and spiritual development is placed directly at the father’s feet (1 Tim. 5:8). The mother is to assist in every way possible. In part, this falls under the command of the older women to teach the younger women (Titus 2:3-5). Our realm of authority is over every aspect of our children’s lives, including the way they dress.
We give permission or make the decision as to whether or not they are on a particular sports team. We can insist on a certain style of dress while engaged in the sport – practice or competition. If we are not accommodated, we should not compromise and allow the immodest dress, but pull our child from the team.