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Modest Apparel (1 Timothy 2:9)

Published Date: 
August 10, 2006

The following is an excerpt from Soldiers in Training by Brother Daryl Coats.

"In 1907 actress Annette Kellerman was arrested on Boston's Revere Beach and charged with indecent exposure for wearing in public her "usual vaudeville costume": a tight-clinging "boy's black woolen racing suit" that bared her legs, arms, and neck. Do you or your church have lower standards in 2006 than the city of Boston had in 1907?

While cleaning out my files I came across the following passage which I had clipped from an academic journal:

Inadequate as it may seem now, a revolution in women's dress and behavior occurred after World War I. Women bobbed their hair [contrary to 1 Corinthians 11:15, in context], elevated skirt lengths from the ankle to the knee or above [Isaiah 47:2-3] ... The use of cosmetics [2 Kings 9:30 and Ezekiel 23:40], which before the war was mainly restricted to aristocrats, actresses, and prostitutes, became universal.

Long before girls in the 1980s started dressing like Madonna, their grandmothers and great-grandmothers were dressing like the actresses and whores of the 1920s and 1930s. The actual decline of American culture began 40 years before (and planted the seeds that brought forth fruit in) the various "movements" and "revolutions" of the 1960s.

Daryl Coats

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 19:7

All the brethren of the poor do hate him: how much more do his friends go far from him? he pursueth them with words, yet they are wanting to him.