Sometimes on the Fish, they talk about a “Daily Dilemma”, and people can call in and give advice.
This morning the dilemma was that a 16-year old girl wanted her first bikini, her mom was inclined to let her get one, and the dad was saying “absolutely not!” After I finished applauding the dad (see below), I realized that most people calling in were saying that “it’s no big deal,” or “get them started wearing bikinis when they’re 6 so they’re used to it and it’s not a big deal” or some other such nonsense. What the heck?!?
As a teenager, (and, honestly, as an adult) probably the single largest struggle I fought was to keep my mind and my actions clean. Summers were probably the single largest obstacle I faced in that fight. Bikinis were probably the number one factor that made summer such a difficult time to remain mentally pure. I remember the first summer I spend working at a Bible Camp, where a modest dress code was enforced: by the end of the summer, lust had become almost a non-issue, and it was wonderful! The first week back in the “real world” came as an incredibly difficult transition, as it seemed as if the world was doing all it could to draw me back into sin. (Oh, wait, it was!)
I don’t care what women think wearing less and less clothes does, and I don’t care if your stomach doesn’t get tanned, because you shouldn’t be showing it to anyone anyways. The more skin you reveal, the more you tempt guys to sin, and this is definitely an anti-Christian practice. The Apostle Paul, in writing to the Phillipians, states “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.”
At the root, I firmly believe bikinis are an attempt to gather attention or affirmation from guys at the expense of multiplying exponentially a battle they face that is already nearly impossible to win. If I ever have daughters, they will never wear bikinis.