Hello all. Welcome to the mansion this Sunday evening. It is time for Dinner, Discuss, Dessert.
Dinner: The Teagues had baked potato soup for dinner. Yum
Discuss: Well...here I sit watching the Miss USA Pageant. Why???? I don't really know. It is on... For a full 40 minutes or so, the girls were walking across the stage (and across the world) in less fabric than comprise my underwear. I thought, "I hope one of them doesn't fall down. Cause if she does, something is gonna fall out of that little triangle of fabric."
As the girls walked across the stage, a score showed up above her head. 8.5...9.1...8.1... So, not only are the poor girls 7/8ths naked, they are also ranked in their nakedness for all the world to see. Why are we doing this? What is the point of this "show?" What does this display say about who we are as a people? What messages are being sent out to our young girls and boys?
I certainly don't have the answers to these questions. So...let's see what God has to say. GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995) I want women to show their beauty by dressing in appropriate clothes that are modest and respectable. Their beauty will be shown by what they do, not by their hair styles or the gold jewelry, pearls, or expensive clothes they wear. 1 Timothy 2:9 GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995) This is what is proper for women who claim to have reverence for God.
1 Timothy 2:10 Hmmmmm.....God wants women to show their beauty by dressing in appropriate clothes that are modest.... Seems pretty clear.
I don't know God's motives, but why might He want women to present themselves in a modest and respectable way? Christ declared “Woe to the world because of its stumbling blocks! For it is inevitable that stumbling blocks come; but woe to the man through whom the stumbling block comes!” (Matthew 18:7) By the way we dress, we can either be this stumbling block to our brothers in Christ (and other men and women), or we can strive to remove these stumbling blocks from before them by dressing modestly. Why would we want to cause someone to lust? Why would we want to open the door for others to walk around half naked?
I think that it is great for girls to have opportunities to win scholarships, learn to speak well in front of others, and have good sense of self. I just wish that we had a different forum in which to win and achieve these things.
Before we put a "toddler in a tiara," maybe we should think about what we are trying to accomplish.
What do you all think?
Dessert: Chocolate Crock Pot Cake (recipe to follow)
Chocolate Crock Pot Cake
1 box of chocolate cake mix
4 oz instant chocolate pudding box
16 oz sour cream
1 cup of water
3/4 cup oil
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
Combine cake mix, pudding mix, sour cream, eggs, water, and oil in a bowl. Mix with a hand mixer for two minutes or so. Stir in chocolate chips. Pour into a greased crock pot. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 7 hours or high for 3 to 4 hours. Serve warm with ice cream. Yum...