There has to be a connection.
One of my online friends commented that she is getting a lot of spam touting cures for erectile dysfunction. Of course, we are all familiar with this dire problem. There must be a strong market for this type of stuff, otherwise we wouldn’t see so much spam about it. It’s interesting to note what the Hot Buttons are.
I came across another “hot button” here several days ago. Evidently, public pajama
Lustful, Wicked Garment
wearing by women is a growing plague, and it is bothering many men in the process and causing them to sin. According to an official poll taken by one of the participants in this discussion, men look at women wearing pajama pants and then assume they are not wearing any underwear, and then they’ve opened the lustful Pandora’s Box. All because of these. ———>
I took my own official poll, asking The Hubby, if he notices women in pajama pants in the store. Yes, he does, and he doesn’t like it because it looks sloppy. (Which was the general consensus of the discussion. Most people feel you should be dressed more formally when you go out in public.) But then I let the shoe drop:
“Do you wonder if they’re wearing any underwear? Does it make you think sinful, lustful thoughts? Does it make you think about —the bedroom?”
At this point, he probably wondered if I was suffering from a mental malady due to the great juicer incident of a few days previous. Maybe some of the shrapnel hit my head. Looking at me like I was stoned, or worse, he said, incredulously, “No……”
Personally, I think the problem is greater than that. I think that women wearing pajama pants in public is the cause of this scourge of all this erectile dysfunction going around! Maybe if women would dress decently in public, the Viagra spam would STOP! It makes more sense that this type of dress would have THAT effect rather than a “Come hither, hot mama!” effect….it ain’t exactly Victoria’s Secret stuff here, people!
ON A SERIOUS NOTE…
Some of the comments in that discussion about pajama pants were rather disturbing. Some of them were downright mean-spirited – saying that seeing someone dressed this casually in public makes them think “Trailer Trash!” or “SLOB!” This is coming from Christian women.
Personally, I dislike seeing women in pajama pants but I think it’s probably because I’m jealous – I’m jealous that I don’t have that much confidence in myself to dress comfortably and take a risk at looking a little “sloppy”. Plus you never know when a prospective client will see me and it really isn’t good to look like I am headed to (or from) a slumber party. It’s not fair that *I* have to be dressed up and others get to go as they are to the store.
[Allow me to interject that I find the school PAJAMA DAYS intensely annoying. We are NOT pajama people; we wear long johns or sweats and PAJAMA DAY means I have to go BUY special pajamas for the kids to wear to school. THANKS A LOT.]
Back to the original discussion, there were a lot of comments about worrying about what people think of you. It is important, they stressed, to keep in mind that other people will form opinions of you based on your external appearance.
Oh. Seriously? This is so juvenile. I remember my mom using “I don’t have anything decent to wear” to avoid going to church. With women like this around I guess her feelings were legit.
I remember when I first made the decision to follow Christ, I befriended a girl from town who had problems. She had a bit of a reputation, had undergone at least one abortion, and was now a single mom. Someone from my church got stirred up over it and called my mother to tell her what kind of girl I was hanging around with, and it wasn’t right for a nice girl like me to be seen with someone like her. This. Is. True. I was LIVID. I should have started my “unchurching” journey then, but it would take many years before I came to that point.
We all know that “people” had very strong opinions about Jesus and the things HE did. They didn’t like that He hung out with prostitutes, crooks, and other sinners. Well, why not? He wasn’t welcome with the “goody goody” people. They had no room for Him in their lives – they were doing just fine, “keeping up appearances.”
What does our Lord think?
1 Samuel 16:7: “The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
Jesus was very harsh with the Pharisees (who were very concerned with outward appearances) in Matthew 23. He called them “whitewashed tombs filled with dead people’s bones.”
Maybe we should worry less about what other people are wearing, and worry more about the state of our own heart that allows us to think about these things. Who really cares what someone else is wearing? Really? Trailer trash? How about…minding your own business, dressing the way YOU feel comfortable, and let others do the same?