- “Alcohol Enforcement Stepped-Up For Prom Season” (wowt.com, 4/7/14). Why?
- “Prom Season Can Be Dangerous Time For Teens” (www.martinsvillebulletin.com, 4/11/14). Just one statement in the article reads, “The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website adds that statistics indicate alcohol-related peer pressure is strongest at prom time, due to the large number of parties in a short period.”
- “Some Schools Prohibit Party Buses For School Buses” (tbo.com, 4/7/14). A principal in the Tampa Bay area interviewed in the article said, “…the most common discipline-worthy incidents at school dances tend to be drinking alcohol before or during the event, fighting, trespassing and inappropriate dancing. ‘The dancing is not like it was when I was in high school,’ he said.”
- “Prom And Wretched Excess” (Chicago Tribune, 10/23/05). A Long Island, New York, principal, Kenneth Hoagland, interviewed for the article says, “Twenty years ago…seniors went to the beach after their prom dance and then to someone’s house for breakfast. Now, he says, prom is a weekend-long orgy that every year has become incrementally more excessive, with small fortunes spent on ostentatious attire, stretch limos stocked with liquor, and ‘booze cruises’ from a local harbor.”
- “It’s Your Prom! Make It Safe, Healthy, And Fun” (www.cdc.gov/family/prom/index.htm). The information page includes cautions about the pressures teens who attend the prom feel to drink alcohol, use drugs, and have sex during the weekend’s activities.
- “What Happened To Modest Prom Dresses?” (CNN, Carl Azuz, 5/9/12). The article reveals that 35% of prom dresses sold by David’s Bridal are from the line called “Sexy,” a style defined by “low-cut backs, high-cut hemlines, and skin-showing cutouts.” Houston Chronicle blogger Mary Jo Rapini, interviewed by Azuz, says a shift in parenting values where parents allow their kids to wear on such occasions what their own parents would not have explains some of what has happened to “modest prom dresses.”
Headlines like these are to be found ad nauseum. They demonstrate that even the world acknowledges that Prom Night promotes immoral behavior. I cannot help but ask why we as Christians either encourage or permit our children’s participation in an event with so many elements clearly “over the line.” Why we would want to associate with something that involves a fundamental compromise of what is right in so many areas of Christian living?
In Romans 12:1-2, Paul writes, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Paul teaches us that our bodies and minds belong to God. That means that there are circumstances where the world will urge and pressure us to do things and go places that are worldly. Let us carefully deliberate and always strive to be transformed rather than conformed. Distinctiveness can certainly be unpopular with this world, but it may well give us the opportunity to “prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”