What does being a Christian mean to you? That you are changed on
the inside, not controlled from the outside. It means that your heart
has been changed by the presence of God.
Words by Candace Maxymowich
Imagine a world where everyone looks like Barbie or Ken. Try to
imagine yourself as Barbie or Ken, talking to the other virtually
identical dolls. Would you like yourself? Would you think you were
as pretty as them? Would you be envious?
We honour our bodies – what the Apostle Paul calls God’s temple –
by honouring the creative and passionate calling of God in our lives,
not by trying to form our body into a culturally palatable shape or
shade of colour.
Having the body of your dreams isn’t your ticket to happiness.
Happiness is learning to love the skin you’re in.
Creation care starts with our bodies. As Christians, we need to
learn a proper perspective on true beauty. We are bombarded each
day with images from the world telling us what we should look like.
Honouring and caring for our bodies means we do what we know is
good for them. We exercise, sleep and nourish ourselves – for Him.
Our bodies are important in that they enable us to serve the
Creator. We live in a culture obsessed with appearance, in which
millions of dollars are spent on health and cosmetic products. But
what does God say?
When we focus on where we fall short in the looks department,
perhaps we tend to blame God for making us the way we are. There
is nothing the enemy would enjoy more than getting us to feel
ugly and useless. We need to see there is only one way to authentic
perfection, and that is through Jesus Christ. The perfection He
brings is not the same kind we are seeking in our physical bodies.
Jesus is a great example of somebody who was a cultural critic. We
can be encouraged to follow His example by challenging the norms
of our society today and questioning some of the dominant values
that many people take for granted.
Jesus challenged His culture and the norms that everyone else
accepted. We should wake up to the messages from our culture that
encourage unhealthy thinking and behaviour.
The Bible is full of stories that critique social injustices and social
norms that are harmful to people. That is a fundamental message in
Scripture – stories of new creation and transformation. We need to
be in God’s word daily so we have true images of beauty put in our
The Lord does not look at the things
people look at. People look at the
outward appearance, but the Lord looks
at the heart (1 Samuel 16: 7).