God’s people are different. God said so. Consequently, we must live differently. Sometimes the conventional wisdom and standards of this world must be rejected. The Bible encourages this: “With eyes wide open to the mercies of God, I beg you, my brothers, as an act of intelligent worship to give Him your bodies, as a living sacrifice, consecrated to Him and acceptable by him. Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mold, but let God remold your minds from within, so that you may prove that the Plan of God for you is good, meets all His demands and moves toward the goal of true maturity.” Romans 12:1-2 (Phillips Translation)
Among other things, Gander Brook wants to help parents encourage higher standards for their children than those fostered by the world. Gander Brook is a Christian camp. And, as such, we want to maintain and promote high standards of godliness, holiness, and discipleship to Jesus. Therefore, among other things the camp has rules regarding tobacco, alcohol and drugs. No one objects to rules opposed to the use of drugs or alcohol. Few complain about the rule against smoking, and those who do usually abide by it anyhow. But controversy continually swirls around the issue of clothing.
An argument can be raised that modesty is in the eye of the beholder. Yet, the world has so abused this notion that today almost anything goes. Taking all this into account, and after giving this issue much serious Biblical and prayerful thought, the Board of Directors offers the following guidelines. Whether the guidelines are fashionable is not the issue. Whether they please God is. We believe that, by any standard, these guidelines promote modesty and godliness — purity of both mind and heart.
- The general rule is that clothing should not be worn which draws special attention to a person in a worldly, self-indulgent manner — in other words, clothing that is gaudily expensive, or clearly sexy, rude or offensive.
- Shorts should be at least knee length with a moderate fit (not revealingly tight, nor loose fitting so that too much is revealed when sitting on the floor). Similarly, revealingly tight-fitting or open and low-cut shirts would also be deemed unacceptable. Likewise for t-shirts with suggestive worldly messages or symbols, such as “Coed Naked Volleyball,” some rock concert “slogans,” etc.
The Board of Directors grants authority to the Camp Director (or people in similar positions of leadership for activities other than summer camp), to ask anyone on the campground to change their clothing or correct their actions if these Biblically based guidelines are not met.
For further Bible study see:
1 Timothy 2:8-10; 5:1-2 Titus 2:11-14 Ephesians 5:3-5, 8-14