In the continued study of Body Beautiful (you can find the previous posts here) I will be discussing the sexualization of the American female.
“I also put a ring in your nostril, earrings in your ears and a beautiful crown on your head. Thus you were adorned with gold and silver, and your dress was of fine linen, silk and embroidered cloth. You ate fine flour, honey and oil; so you were exceedingly beautiful and advanced to royalty. Then your fame went forth among the nations on account of your beauty, for it was perfect because of My splendor which I bestowed on you,” declares the Lord GOD. “But you trusted in your beauty and played the harlot because of your fame, and you poured out your harlotries on every passer-by who might be willing.” Ezek 16:12-15
This scripture is about the beauty God bestows on His love – Jerusalem – and how she debased herself in harlotry. I realize this is only a metaphor regarding Jerusalem, but in our culture today it is actually happening.
Perhaps you’ve heard the news story about the mom who gave her 8 year old daughter botox injections to help her be more competitive in beauty pageants. My heart broke when I heard this story! This mom was building the fallacy that imperfections (no matter how imagined) are unacceptable in the soft and supple skin of an 8 year old.
Companies market clothing for very young children, sometimes barely past toddlerhood, that sexualizes them. Moms think, “Isn’t that cute?” when their 5 and 6 year olds ask for push up bras or provocative sayings across the bottom of their very short shorts.
Then we go the other way. 50 years ago a mom would have been completely comfortable being a host mom to her teenage or college age sons’ friends. Today, they might rate her on a Hot Meter instead! It is not uncommon for women in their 40’s and 50’s to be dating men in their 20’s and 30’s. There is even a name for them: cougars. Sometimes even just friendly chat with a younger man will imply flirtation on the woman’s part.
This sexualization of females in our country is dangerous. Our culture has become obsessed with feeding an appetite for ONE desire: sex. Other natural desires – family, relationships, companionship, compassion, love – have no room in our lives because lust has pushed them all aside. This focus has ROBBED us in many ways.
Do not sharply rebuke an older man, but rather appeal to him as a father, to the younger men as brothers, the older women as mothers, and the younger women as sisters, in all purity. 1 Tim 5:1-2
- We have been robbed of healthy wholesome family (especially church family) relationships. We see these in twisted ways and no longer have the security and joy of cross-generational relationships.
- We have been robbed of finding our identity. We seek our identity in the world’s eyes: by how beautiful we are, how sexy we are, how sultry we are instead of God’s design for our lives.
- We have been robbed of living up to our potential. We find ourselves bowing to a model of feminine beauty that doesn’t exist in real life.
- We have been robbed of the joy of living contentedly in our own skin. We feel the pressure to change and sculpt and surgically alter how we look, even to the point of no longer being recognized.
But we DO NOT HAVE TO GIVE IN to this! Jesus has come to set us free. He desires to give us freedom from the shackles that tie us to a viewpoint bent on destruction. He comes to allow us to live in liberty, enjoying who He created us to be as we glorify Him in our lives and hearts and minds.
How has the world held YOU captive by its empty deception? How does God desire to set YOU free?