To get another trinket!

(Talmage, "The Abominations of Modern Society", 1872)

Excessive devotion to "fashion" is destructive to the soul.
I have known some, who have no regard for their character,
or their momentous and eternal interests—exasperated by
the shape of a shirt-button! What is the matter with that
sad woman?
O, her hat is out of fashion!

Worse than all—this folly is not satisfied until it
has extirpated every moral sentiment, and blasted
the soul. A "wardrobe" is the rock upon which many
a soul has been dashed to hell.

The striving for a luxurious life, has been the vortex
which has swallowed up more souls—than the sea
has ever devoured!

What room is left for elevating themes—in a heart
filled with trivial and petty things? Who can wonder
that in this haste for gilded baubles—that men
should tumble into eternal ruin?

There are some people who will risk their eternity to
obtain a worldly trifle! They will forfeit the splendors
of heaven—to get another trinket!

In the wild tumult of the last day—the mountains falling,
the heavens flying, the universe assembling; amid the
boom of the last great thunder-peal, and under the
crackling of a burning world—what will become of all
this fop and fashion?


"But godliness with contentment is a great gain. For we
 brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing
 out. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content
 with these. But those who want to be rich fall into
 temptation, a trap, and many foolish and harmful desires,
 which plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love
 of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and by craving it,
 some have wandered away from the faith and pierced
 themselves with many pains!" 1 Timothy 6:6-10