It’s a dangerous thing my friends. Before I even begin my rant on this topic, let’s dig a little into scripture to see what He has to say about it, shall we?
Ecclesiastes 6:9 “Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the desire: this is also vanity and vexation of the spirit.”
Isaiah 5:18 “Woe to them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it were with a cart rope.”
Psalms 4:2 “O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame? How long will ye love vanity and seek after leasing?”
So I think biblically speaking, it’s pretty clear about the nature of our human hearts. There are eighty-seven passages of scripture that send warning to both Jew and Gentile regarding this very simplistic form of idolatry. That’s a lot of repetitiveness, if you ask me. Ok, got it Lord! We are however, called to be beautiful. Not necessarily the way society interprets it though. Not with ornamental things, the “braiding of hair” etc. We are beautiful like women reflecting Proverbs 31 and Ephesians 5 (for the wives.) Being spiritually charged, not driven by fleeting physical appearance is what makes us the most holy. Holiness IS beauty. We are smothered in a world of (not that I’m judging at all) glycolic peels, Botox, lipo, implants, and the list just keeps going. Does any of that really make us any more lovely/loving/lovable? I’m afraid not. It may however, make us look younger… Temporarily. Please remember though that He is the creator of all things, and He makes ALL things beautiful, in His time.
Psalm 139:14 “I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well.”
He is the Potter, we are the clay.