According to a wtol.com report, a Christian school student has been suspended for attending a public high school prom with his girlfriend. The parents expressed their disappointment that their son was suspended despite their knowledge of the school’s policy against rock music, kissing, and dancing. During the short news clip, the step father says that school rules should only be enforced when at the school.
You can imagine the raised eyebrows when people in the community heard the story. Just read a few of the comments at the link above and you’ll understand what many are thinking. For instance, one former student was surprised at the school’s decision.
I think this is the most ridiculous thing I have heard. … My uncle is a Baptist minister and he said he has never heard of telling a kid they can’t listen to certain music or go dancing. This principal should be encouraging this kid to go enjoy himself and to go socialize with others, not suspending him.
Another also expresses amazement.
I am a Christian and grew up in a Baptist Church and I have never heard of such a thing. To my knowledge, nowhere in the Bible does it say you can’t dance. Are those kids not allowed to go to the beach, you see less there than at Prom.
These comments bring up a good question. Why would the school not allow rock music, dancing, and kissing? Does the Bible say anything about these things? This really is the crux of the matter. The problem most people have with this situation is that they don’t understand why the school would even have these rules.
When I first heard about this situation, a biblical phrase came to mind. It comes from James 1:27 where the early apostle is describing pure religion. The whole verse says, “Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.” The point is that Christians should make it their goal to keep themselves from the bad influences in the world. Heritage Christian School in Findlay, Ohio, chose to be specific. Along with attitude problems such as griping, lying, and gossiping, the school chose to outlaw kissing, dancing, and rock music. Most people can understand the problems associated with bad attitudes, but why the latter three? Does God have a problem with such things? Consider what the Scriptures say.
But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. —Ephesians 5:3-5
Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s. — 1 Corinthians 6:18-20
A Christian doesn’t withhold himself from these activities to gain some merit with God. He simply lives this way because he loves God. Doesn’t it make sense that those who have been forgiven and changed by God should desire to keep themselves from any activities that would displease him? And because the Bible clearly forbids immorality, every Christian should abstain from sexual activity outside of the marriage relationship.
This is one of the reasons schools, such as Heritage, do not permit their students to be involved in the above mentioned activities. The goal of the rules is to help students keep themselves pure for their future mate as God intended. With that in mind, consider the effect that rock music, dancing, and kissing at a prom would have on a Christian trying to keep himself pure. Would you agree that sexual desire is a major theme of rock music? If the music played at my place of employment is representative of the genre, I would have to agree. Add to that the revealing outfits worn by most young ladies who attend the prom and you can see why Christian parents and leaders would be concerned about students attending such an event.