For a departure from the weightier topics of this blog, I thought I’d share some take-aways on a few other blogs I’ve recently read on what makes a woman beautiful. Actually, these blog posts focus on Christian women, and I’d go so far as to say American Christian women. Regardless, my focus here is correcting some wrong thinking some of us may have about beauty and the American Christian woman.
My favorite, About Your Ugly Wife, was written in response to comments posted after Tim Challies wrote Letting Herself Go. I laughed while reading both, but there are some very great points in each. Challies wrote his piece after reading an article by Rachel Held Evans called Thou Shalt Not Let Thyself Go?. (And now I am writing this… Don’t you just love how networking works??)
Here are my take-aways (I won’t repeat the great supporting stuff in the posts above — please read them for yourself!):
- Women are beautiful just the way God made us. Trying to be something we’re not or look like someone we’re not or some age and shape we’ve long passed is not scriptural and it may even border on or be idolatry.
- A man telling a woman she looks better with makeup is like telling her, “Honey, you’re just not pretty enough without some embellishment.”
- If I EVER hear a Pastor utter the words, “If the barn needs painting…” I am SO going to be in his face! (In a loving, Christian sister kinda way, of course…!)
- There is nothing in the Bible that focuses on a women’s physical beauty — it’s about inner beauty.
- Both men and women can “let themselves go” and it’s more of a matter of the heart and relationship with others — a man or woman who cares about his or her spouse wants to be pleasing to them. I wear clothes that are attractive, take care of my hair, and wear a little makeup because I know that is more attractive to the love of my life than sweat pants and a stained t-shirt, a rat’s nest on my head and dark circles under my eyes.
- A Christian’s body is a temple of the Holy Spirit. We should take care of it because it really belong to Someone Else. It will perish one day but it’s all we have to carry us through the years here on this earth and accomplish the works our Savior has called us to complete. It doesn’t have to have makeup on it, but it should be maintained and cared for properly!
- I don’t have to shave my legs. Eve didn’t.
There you have it American Christian women: Correct your wacky view of what’s beautiful and bring it into alignment with God’s word. Men: You, too! If we all do this maybe I can stop spending $90 and three hours every three weeks dying my crown of white to chestnut brown…
What do YOU wish the Christian community would give up from the Western world’s definition of “beauty”?
Quick note: After finishing writing this I went to Microsoft Images searching for a graphic of a beautiful older woman for this post. I was immediately drawn to the image above. Upon uploading it via my blogging software I was pleased, and not surprised, to find the photographer’s notes indicate this is a Guatemalan woman who is praising or thanking the Lord. I know now why I was drawn to her beauty!