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Hello everyone! What are some of your favorite things to do on Sabbath? I like to watch nature shows, listen to music, and read! :)

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Is it Wrong to Go to the Prom?

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I go to public school, and I've been asked to the prom. It's on a Saturday night after sundown. Would it be wrong to go?


Steve Answers:

It sounds as though you've heard someone say, "You can't go to the prom, because it's on Sabbath [or Friday night]." Well, that's not an issue in your situation. So you get to deal with something closer to the heart of things-the prom itself.

For many students on a high school campus, the prom is the major social event of the year. It's a fun evening with friends and classmates. And when you have a date with someone (especially if your heart skips a beat or two when thinking about them), going to the prom involves extra excitement, hope, and joy (and anxiety)!

But besides skipping the prom because of typical Sabbath conflicts, Adventists often choose to avoid it because of the activities that occur at a prom.

Dancing that stimulates sexual desires can dominate the evening. And will someone be able to sneak vodka into the drink? Is there an expectation from students that-because of the money they invest and the magnitude of the event-the evening should end in sex? If so, Christian standards get compromised.

But that doesn't mean proms are automatically evil. Being with friends, dressing up, developing special friendships, supporting your school, and having fun seem harmless, even wholesome.

Perhaps a good guideline for your question can be found in the last half of Romans 14:23: "Everything that does not come from faith is sin."

Those who desire to be faithful to God ask themselves this question for all their social events, including the prom.

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