It was Sabbath morning. My parents were here, and I was excited to show them the church service I had fallen in love with — Merge. During the car ride to Lynn Wood Hall, I kept telling my parents that this church was going to get full, so we needed to hurry if we wanted to find seats.
To my parents, that was a good thing. If many people attended, the church service must really be nice. As we stepped into the hall and took our seats, my smile began to fade. The perfect image I had of this service started to crumble as I looked around. I sneaked a look at my parents. Exactly, what I thought. They weren’t pleased.
Coming from a conservatice background that strongly emphasized modesty, it was no surprise that my parents felt that the way we dressed here was a little immodest. However, when I reviewed Southern’s dress code, I realized that its rules are quite similar to the principles I’ve grown up with. If we had decided to follow these rules, my parents wouldn’t have found any issue with the way we dressed. That day, realizing that my parents now had a negative view of an amazing church service only because of the unintended influence of the audience, left me a little broken hearted.
It’s tempting to say that how we dress shouldn’t matter to anyone else. However, the reality is that our choices will always affect someone else in one way or another.
As a Christian school, I believe we should strive to behave and dress in a way that doesn’t cause someone else to turn his or her eyes away from Christ. Sometimes, that might mean choosing to give up certain privileges to ensure that others in our area are not disturbed or made to stumble because of our actions.
In short, would enforcing the dress code more strictly stop people from disregarding it? Perhaps. However, I propose that the students be taught the reasoning behind the dress code before being given the decision to follow the rules. Raising awareness might just be the solution to this problem.