Friday, September 29, 2006

Woman: An animal fond of dress.

advertisement in recent fashion catalog

What exactly is the woman poured into this pair of jeans with whiskers bleached into the crotch area and a lowered front band to show the belly button really trying to sell?

They might follow the custom or costume of the country as to dress itself; but they must not imitate the extravagance of those who, through impurity or little of mind, decked themselves merely to attract the eye of admiration, or set in lying action the tongue of flattery. Woman has been invidiously defined: An animal fond of dress. How long will they permit themselves to be thus degraded?
Adam Clarke on 1 Tim 2:9

Does what I do or do not wear really affect how angels see me, and therefore, my Creator, as well (1 Cor 11:10)?

Explore with me a journey of discovery in becoming meek & quiet.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

A Beginning of Sorts . . .

If my focus is to make Satan's government work or to spend my time trying to fix faults that will be cured by Christ Himself when He comes, then there isn't time to think or hears things [like a still, small voice from God I Kings 19: 11-12].

Pure religion [James 1:27] is doing; visiting widows and the fatherless and keeping unspotted from the world. Keeping unspotted would be not succombing to popular culture.

Being caught up or swept away or reacting to popular culture is letting it tell me when and what to do--as soon as it dictates my actions--it spots me. If this occurs, I allow physical things to rise in importance. When my motive is pure, a course of action that should produce holiness will follow.

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The crux of St. Paul's message was that there is neither male nor female, slave nor free, Jew nor Greek. This new creaure born of spirit that dwells inside the heart and mind is a son of God domiciled in a tent of flesh and has either inside or outside plumbing. This tent of flesh remains male or female and has to conform to expectations of gender. As this son of God dwells inside the heart and mind and is garmented or cloaked by Grace, the tent of flesh will also be garmented in attire appropriate for holiness--meaning modest attire, not tainted or spotted by the world, not caught up in popular culture. But modest to the point where it doesn't cause the attention to be taken away from the actions or deeds of the one who would be holy.