Phony Uniformity: Modernity’s Perfection

“If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be?” 1 cor. 12:17

By: Carol McClain @carol_mcclain

Do you ever wonder if you’ve lost your skill at observation?
Every time I watch a new TV series with actors unknown to me, I wonder if I’m entering the world of dementia.
An actress breezes onstage who looks familiar. She’s an anorexic blonde with silicone breasts and buttocks, because if they weren’t enhanced, her thin frame would reveal no shape. Her lips are collagen filled, her nose refined, cheeks heightened and her blonde hair probably has extensions.
Enter actress number two. If she has blonde hair, I’m not sure whether it’s a new actress or the same one. Until I get to know the nuances, she’s the same protagonist.
It’s sad.
Maybe my eyes need laser surgery or my mind needs aricept.
More than likely, society needs to understand reality and paint a world populated with un-doctored humans.
The world holds a standard of perfection perfection we cannot meet. (They’ve totally wrecked moral perfection–but that’s another blog post). We look at ourselves and know we missed the mark.
It’s not so with God. He created us–big noses, thin hair, slow metabolisms–and He calls us beautiful. He created us in His image (Gen. 1:27). Although our appearance wastes away, he renews our inner beauty daily (2 Cor. 4:6).
Think of those you love. Do you see them as ugly? As fat? As big-footed? Too short?
No. We see the inner woman, and she glows with the beauty of character, not silicone.

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  1. And society spends so much time making beauty unattainable. We are beautiful. It's not a myth that true beauty comes from the inside.

  2. I love this Carol! We spend too much time criticizing the image in the mirror and too little time rejoicing that we are made in God's image.

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