Bixia Huang
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Ladies and Gentlemen....

 " Ladies and Gentlemen...." We hear this way of addressing a group all the time.  Yet I find myself thinking we do not know the underlying meaning of these prefixes.

A lady, in the dictionary , is a woman of refinement of manners and instincts. Lady-like  means like a lady in manners, refined.

A gentleman is a man  of high social standing (in old English  tradition), courteous and honorable.

So these two prefixes indicate a society of good manners, refinement, courtesy, good taste etc. However, what I see and hear in the media are very different!

What is shocking for me is when I see women described by the size of bras they wear. The media are obsessed with the anatomy of women, more precisely the bust size.  And  I find this very offensive.  Women viewed as sex objects!  Demeaning womanhood too.   But of couse,  some women  take pride in and display their physical endowments to an indecent level.  And those  gyrating dance moves!  To borrow a seldom used adjective, very unladylike, and lack of modesty. ( Some may ask, what's modesty?)

Men  are described by the development of their "six pack", and the media report that the fans love to view these half naked guys.  I find it crude that crotch-touching,  in the manner started by MJ, has beome a standard dance move by men!   Other  male dance moves defy my description. Why are we enjoying such displays of lewdness?     

For sure we need to re-examine such practices if we want to remain lady-like and gentlemanly.  (P S, I am quite prepared to be called old fahioned, prudish, whatever else, but I prefer decency and genteelness.   )

Ephesians 5:3-4  But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God's holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.

以 弗 所 書 5:3-4     至 於 淫 亂 並 一 切 污 穢 , 或 是 貪 婪 , 在 你 們 中 間 連 題 都 不 可 , 方 合 聖 徒 的 體 統 。 淫 詞 、 妄 語 , 和 戲 笑 的 話 都 不 相 宜 ; 總 要 說 感 謝 的 話 。


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Set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 所 以 , 你 們 若 真 與 基 督

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