We are coming round to the view that public swimming pools and beaches are places that should be off-limits for Christians. Why are we moving towards that extreme view (extreme in the eyes of some, that is)? Well, to be frank, it is because of the plague of public immodesty. Most women (and some men) who visit pool or beach to swim or paddle are “dressed” in what can only be described as coloured underwear, and that goes for children too. Also, for men and women to be in such close proximity is something we frown on.
Society today doesn’t recognise modesty, even when confronted with it, as near-nakedness is so common (and not just at the pool).
Today, our daughter returned from a Bible camp, and during the holiday, the children were taken to a swimming pool. We gave our permission because our daughter has a modest swimsuit, which we ordered from USA. The lifeguard at the pool did not recognise her modest attire as swimwear, and suggested supplying her with a swimsuit, courtesy of the pool. Our daughter explained that she was attired in swimwear, but he remained unconvinced and walked away. This is not the first time this has happened.
Years ago, it was the other way round. What passes for swimwear today would have gotten some women (and men) arrested!!