by Anonymous at Joyfully Keeping Home – What is Shamefacedness?
Editor’s note: Here’s one of the bloggers Lori Alexander likes to sometimes quote. Her descriptions of ‘Shamefacedness’ seem off. Is this what it is?
The word, of course, is “shamefacedness”. Modern translations have used words like “self-control”, “propriety”, and “discretion”, but none of these convey the actual meaning of the Greek word like the King James Version has. Because none of the words used by the modern translations get at the sense of deep humility that should guide women in both their adornment and behavior.
Looking to a dictionary, one will find these definitions associated with shamefacedness:
- Restrained by shame
- Firm in modesty
The idea is not that Christian women would always be somewhat ashamed of themselves, but that they would have a deep aversion to whatever God says brings shame.
Women, the problem we have with this is that we resent the thought that we should be restrained by shame. The message we prefer is that we shouldn’t be restrained at all. Not by modesty, not by the roles God gave us, and not by anyone’s expectations. Look at the clothing marketed to young girls these days. You’ll find hundreds of printed shirts with slogans such as:
- “Girl Warrior”
- “Gifted, Intelligent, Rebel, Leader, Superstar” (spells “GIRLS”)
- “Power to the Girls”
- “Girls Run the World”
- “Flaunt It”
- “Run Wild”
- “This Girl has NO Limits”
Do I have to point out how opposed these fashions are to God’s desires for women?
Paul says shamefacedness should be playing the key role in how we dress and carry ourselves, but our culture says it’s pridefulness that should take the lead.
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