Tuesday, May 22, 2007

It is our most modestly priced receptacle.

What comes to mind when I say the word modesty? As the father of 3 girls, I can assure the topic has come up in many mother-daughter conversations, but I appreciate the wisdom of a fellow blogger:
Why is it that the dress habits of 15 year old girls is pretty much the only thing some Christians talk about when the topic is "modesty?" Nobody talks about the 16 year old basketball player who rubs it in to those who didn't make the team. Or the 35 year old man who buys the biggest house, best sports car, loudest stereo, etc. in order to show off his income. Or the 23 year old blogger who knows he's right about everything.
Indeed, modesty is more than just a (young) lady covering sensitive regions of skin.
"Modesty comprises a set of culturally or religiously determined values that relate to the presentation of the self to others." (HT Wikipedia)
If modesty is in the same family as humility, which it must be since both are on the endangered species list, then we really have our work cut out for us in the church with regard to modesty. There's much more that needs policing than merely clothing that is too tight, though that shouldn't go unattended.

For example, selfishness is a delusion of one's greater importance than others, a flexing of the immodesty muscles. The spiritual one-upper who has to outdo the other folks in Sunday school or with regard to how the children are educated or how meager the family is with finances might all be found thanking God they are not like that immodest teenager over there.

What about the singer of the "special" who can't wait for another turn in the spotlight? What about those in the church who only want to serve when it means they get to teach or preach? That way they can show off what they know to further their reputations.

What about the amount of time or money that is spent on looking good? I'm not just talking women, but men too. Think of how much time & money American Christians spend at the gym just so they can look good. Oddly enough, we have no indication Jesus was ever a regular at the gym or was ever on a diet. The Proverbs 31 woman didn't seem to spend bundles of money on make up, since she never bought into the lie that you she had to show herself she was worth it by buying the expensive products.
Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.
- 1 Timothy 4:7-8, ESV
There's nothing wrong with looking good or being healthy, quite the contrary. But I can assure you that much more time, effort, and finances go into making people physically fit, while they spend so little to rectify the situation of being spiritually flabby.

As Christians, most of us could probably do with a dose of modesty in living within our means and in how we present ourselves to others. In other words, modesty is a problem for all of us, it just make take different forms.

I better stop lest this "blogger" gives the impression he has a clue about anything, particularly modesty.

P.S. This picture is to give a hint as to the answer to King Pin's question in the comments section.

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At 22 May, 2007 13:03, Blogger GUNNY said...

How lame to be the first to comment on one's own blog, but I'm just showing my modesty ...

Here's some good slooge I found about pride. (HT Doug Wilson)

"Though there are many in a riot, the whole blame usually is laid upon the ringleaders. Pride is the ringleader of all riots, divisions, and disturbances among us" (Burroughs, Irenicum, p. 158).

At 23 May, 2007 13:31, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice broadening of the modesty spectrum, these areas are often overlooked when thinking of modesty. But, why the Folgers coffee can?

At 23 May, 2007 19:00, Blogger GUNNY said...


I posted a pictorial hint, but Double J can help you out if you need further assistance.

; - )

At 24 May, 2007 08:00, Blogger Rev. said...

Donny was a good bowler, and a good man. He was one of us. He was a man who loved the outdoors... and bowling, and as a surfer he explored the beaches of Southern California, from La Jolla to Leo Carrillo and... up to... Pismo. He died, like so many young men of his generation, he died before his time. In your wisdom, Lord, you took him, as you took so many bright flowering young men at Khe Sanh, at Langdok, at Hill 364. These young men gave their lives. And so would Donny. Donny, who loved bowling. And so, Theodore Donald Karabotsos, in accordance with what we think your dying wishes might well have been, we commit your final mortal remains to the bosom of the Pacific Ocean, which you loved so well. Good night, sweet prince.

At 24 May, 2007 08:11, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah, the modestly priced ash recepticle. I have only seen the Big Lebow once, couldn't place the reference.

At 24 May, 2007 09:21, Blogger GUNNY said...

C'mon, Rev!

Why is everything about Vietnam with you?!

Were you listening to the Dude's story?


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