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|Are You Modest?|
Jan. 31st, 2009 at 9:42 pm
Are you modest right now?Â I bet you are dressed modestly, but what does that mean?Â Everything that needs to be covered is covered, right?Â Of course our only scriptural reference to modesty is in Timothy 2:9 which indicates that people (alright Timothy calls out women, but I am sure he meant it in a universal women kind of way) need to dress in an uncostly way.Â Although I think many Mormons link modesty exclusively to coverage, defining modesty as not calling attention to oneself seems more useful.Â It covers everything: sure, don’t dress skimpily, but also don’t boast, and perhaps hardest to do but certainly the most literally condemned in scriptures is don’t spend too much money on yourself.
So I ask again: are you modest?Â Frankly, I don’t think I know that many people, and certainly not that many Mormons, who dress lavishly.Â Maybe I am just not paying attention, but I think we do OK on our clothes (correct me if I’m wrong).Â But what about other consumed goods?Â Do we buy modest houses?Â I would guess some do.Â I think many people, though, buy the most house they can.Â Some buy more than one.Â Do you think housing should fall under the “be modest” ideal?Â What about cars?Â Again, I think most of us are guilty of buying more car than we need.Â Whether it is a newer model or a luxery brand, or a bigger size than we actually need.Â American Mormons (in general) may fail in car ownership.Â Do I need to be modest in other purchases: store brand cereal over name brand?Â Reliable but unimpressive vacuum cleaner?Â Does this stuff matter?
I don’t know–looking forward to hearing what you think.