Reports estimate that that American women spend a staggering $426 billion a year on beauty products. We place a high value on beauty.
We want beautiful homes, beautiful weddings, beautiful getaways to exotic places. Beauty is a good thing, in our eyes. But do we want beautiful holiness?
The Bible describes holiness as a beautiful thing. “Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.”
This got me thinking, “Why don’t we value holiness like we should?””Why don’t we think of holiness as beautiful?” I asked several teen girls and a few of my friends their thoughts on this matter, which I’ll share in the next few days.
But for now, the first, question: “What’s the first thing you think of when you think of a holy person? The good, the bad, the ugly?”
Some of the answers:
A person who:
- tries not to sin
- is reserved, serious,
- is a monk, priest, nun,
- is judgmental, outspoken about how people should live,
- always looks down on everyone else,
- knows God and tries to pursue Him,
- always assumes that everyone else is less spiritual or too liberal.
Obviously, from these answers, we’ve got some confusion about what holiness is.
You’d think holiness looked like this:
Yet the Bible describes it as beautiful and expected. In fact, we only know what holiness looks like because of Christ. He was the epitome of all that is lovely, and kind, and humble. So why do we have such distorted views of this? And further, how do we follow the command to “Be ye holy, for I am holy,” if we don’t know what it is, or associate it with so many negative and untrue connotations?
I think we need a discussion on this, which is exactly what I plan to do this week.
What are your thoughts? Do you think of holiness as a desirable, beautiful trait for a Christian woman?