Aug 27, 2008

Modesty From Noah Webster's Dictionary

Modesty - In females, modesty has the like character as in males; but the word is used also as synonymous with chastity, or purity of manners. In this sense, modesty results from purity of mind, or from the fear of disgrace and ignominy fortified by education and principle. Unaffected modesty is the sweetest charm of female excellence, the richest gem in the diadem of their honor.


Modesty, as an act or series of acts, consists in humble, unobtrusive deportment, as opposed to extreme boldness, forwardness, arrogance, presumption, audacity or impudence. Thus we say, the petitioner urged his claims with modesty; the speaker addressed the audience with modesty.

So what about modesty for us men? What kind of expectations are there for us? How is it seemingly the hot topic to always address the issue of immodesty in women, albeit the primary focus there is in dress, but modesty can be had in more areas than physical dress can it not? How could we make a presumption or comparison on this same topic but in regard to the men in the Church? Something that should definitely be paid attention too, and I think we will give it a look.

Stay tuned because I think this one's not going away for a while, it's burden on my soul is too great.

1 comment:

Jennifer said...

James, how refreshing. I have been burdened since I launched my blog almost a year ago to write about this, but have not because I am not sure how, as a woman, I should be addressing men on this issue. But for many, many women, the number one thing that causes us to stumble is immodesty or a lack of integrity in speech. Just as men complain that to be visually stimulated by the sight of a woman is a stumbling block, women do not appreciate men who feel the need to "sweet talk" them with their words of flattery. Many women, myself included, have been mislead in this manner and have had our hearts broken, not because the man was serious about what he was saying ("God put you on my heart," etc.), but merely because he enjoyed the attention.

Hope this helps.

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