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Ambiguous Messages to Our Youth

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Richard O. Jones
Ladies and gentlemen of the church, let us stop confusing our youth. Recently, I witnessed a teenager wearing his baseball cap while in church service. I was not surprised, though a bit disappointed that none of the ushers, men, or pastor asked the young man to remove his cap. Being led by proper manners, I ignored the voice to leave him alone and instead discreetly went to the young man. I informed him that it was improper for a male to wear a hat in church. Actually, I was taught that a man should remove his hat when he enters a building, but I didn’t go there. After giving me a brief look of disbelief, he removed his cap.

It suddenly occurred to me that just a couple weeks prior was Black History Month and many of the adult males wore African attire including the Kofia (African hat), which included the pastor. Perhaps the young mans’ confused look questioned why are Kofias accepted and not his baseball cap. In fact, if he had asked me that question, I would have replied that the Kofia was spiritual wear, which gave it immunity. That’s the answer I was given nearly 40 years ago when the Kofia first became fashionable in America.

However, to tell to whole truth, I’ve seen the Kofia wore in every unholy facet of life imaginable.  Personally, I don’t think there’s anything particularly holy about the Kofia and the reason men don’t remove it in churches is because of fashion and not holiness as I once heard said at a Kwanzaa Ceremony in the 70s.

Perhaps the vagueness of what is acceptable versus unacceptable is confusing to our youth. For a man not to remove his hat inside of a church is disrespectful to the sacredness of the church as far as I am concerned unless you’re the pope, a priest, or clergy and wearing a head piece, hat, Kofia, or whatever as a part of your sacred apparel.

In the same church service, I noticed a young female with tattoos on her exposed cleavage. It occurred to me that tattoos on females are as acceptable as males wearing earrings and ponytails. In fact, there are grandmothers in the church now getting tattoos for the first time, although the Bible specifically speaks against it. Recently on the

evening news there was a segment that introduced the new Barbie Doll with a tattoo. Of course this is the beginning of preschoolers being branded with tattoos. Don’t believe it? Just watch! I am now beginning to see young females wear their pants far below their waist to churches, with a second part of pants beneath, as the misguided males

have been doing for a couple decades.

Has everything and anything become acceptable to the church?  Have God given some Christians over to a reprobate mind as spoken in Romans 1: 28. Should our churches teach proper etiquette?

Email: richardojones1@verizon.net

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