The Wanderer

As I walked through the wilderness of this world …

Bunyan on clothing

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I have been reminded of this snippet of sanctified doggerel from John Bunyan a fair bit over the last few days:

God gave us Cloaths to hide our Nakedness,
And we by them, do it expose to View.
Our Pride, and unclean Minds, to an excess,
By our Apparel we to others shew.

The technology of clothes may advance, styles come and go, fashions rotate, but men do not change, and how we dress remains something of a register of the heart.

Written by Jeremy Walker

Friday 9 September 2011 at 08:39

Posted in Christian living

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  1. I am quoting Bunyan in my book on modesty. Bunyan has his character Wiseman tell Attentive “The putting on of gold, pearls, and costly array; the plating of the hair, the following of fashions, the seeking by gestures to imitate the proud, either by speech, looks, dresses, goings, or other fools’ baubles, of which at this time the world is full. All these and many more are signs of a proud heart, so of bodily pride also…

    “But Mr. Badman would not allow by any means that this should be called pride, but rather neatness, handsomeness, comeliness, cleanliness, etc. Neither would he allow that following of fashions was anything else, but because he would not be proud, singular, and esteemed fantastical [bizarre] by his neighbors.”

    That was over 300 years ago. It is amazing how the more things change the more they stay the same!

    Heather Thieneman

    Sunday 11 September 2011 at 02:25

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