10 March 2008

Modesty News

1 - In "The Tide Online", an article detailing how a Catholic leader in Nigeria is calling on churches to take responsibility for not teaching about modesty. “Repentance comes in various ways. Bad dressing depicts a person’s level of immorality. . . . The Catholic Church has no code of dressing, but we say let there be modesty because modesty is the fruit of the Holy Spirit,” he said.

He also puts responsibility on mothers to teach and take a more active interest in what their daughters wore, as well as setting a good example. “We need to dress like people who have been redeemed by the blood of Jesus and we should not forget that our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit ,” he said.

2 - In New Hampshire.com, an article with photos which headlines: "'Posh' fashion event shows modesty can be fashionable". Good news? Well, check out the photos and the story - maybe not the level of modesty that some of us would hold up, but a switch from other "prom" dresses of recent years. End quote: “I was surprised at the girls’ willingness to talk about how they should be dressing,” Thomas said. “I really didn’t think we were going to have a lot of girls that were going to want to do this.” . . . Modest may be the new fashion trend for this summer.

3 - Just a things-that-make-you-go-"what?" article I came across in Cleveland.comabout a new tech. device/burka (the head to toe modesty cloak worn by some Muslim women when in public). Seems some wise Deutch guy came up with an artistic (not actually on the market, that is) way for a woman to skirt the community rules and actually "broadcast" what she's got under her burka to anyone around with a bluetooth enabled phone. That whole concept can be attacked in numerous ways. The thing I wanted to post really was the final line by a lady fellow at the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University. She said that this "art" sends an accurate political message that restrictive policies in Muslim countries cannot force people to be moral in a technological age, since people will find ways to get around it. . . . "These days, if you really want to maintain the morality of society, it's something that has to come from within," she said.

So, you really can't legislate morality. True morality, true modesty, true spiritual humility: they come from the Spirit of God, don't they? So, shouldn't we be focusing our time and attention on teaching the whole Gospel - that of love for God and His will, and love for one another's souls - by words and by our behavior in everything?

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