Skin Deep Beauty

This stuff pisses me off.

A 14 year old girl, as part of the competition on a talent show, gets taken to a plastic surgeon. The surgeon tells her that although she is 14, she actually looks 30. And to break into the entertainment industry she needs cosmetic surgery. (Article, and original music audition is here)

At least her mother’s response was ethical:

“We teach our children to be proud of who they are, that they should be judged not by the colour of their skin but by their good actions,” said Ruanthi, who come from Sri Lanka. “Suddenly, my daughter was told that her skin, her nose, her face are not right; my heart was breaking.”

In a world that screams that beauty is skin deep, how important is it that we teach our youth that our true identity is not found in the way we look but in the person of Jesus Christ? That Jesus Christ accepts people of all sizes, colours, races and genders. We have been created, as we are, for a purpose.

True beauty is found in a loving nature, a caring spirit and sacrificial service of others. Let’s encourage young people to find real beauty in the way they carry themselves and not the way they flaunt themselves. Let’s teach young Christians that God looks at the heart, and not at the skin. That clothes and shiny jewellery don’t add beauty they only enhance what’s already there. Let’s teach that living a life under the love of Christ is the only thing that eternally matters.

And for God’s sake: Can the adults of this generation please start leading by example?

1 Peter 3:3-4. “Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewellery, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.”

Proverbs 31:30. “Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”

1 Samuel 16:7. “But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”

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