I was applying mascara the other day when I remembered a discussion regarding the sinfulness of cosmetics. Basically, the people involved were saying that wearing makeup was sinful. The more naked your face, the closer to Jesus and all that.
I’m pretty conservative – no shocker there – but when non-sin issues are tossed around like salvation is in jeopardy, and this is done in the name of Jesus, that burns me up.
Guess what – it’s not a sin to wear makeup.
Guess what – you’re not going to hell if you love your mascara.
It always goes back to the verse “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight” (1 Peter 3:3-4).
The ladies of that day are similar to women today. Many of the wealthier women where braiding jewels into their hair and wearing their best pearls and gems…to set a distinction between the classes and to make the less-monetarily-fortunate women feel bad.
That’s having an ugly heart, and no amount of makeup can hide that kind of ugly.
It’s also a priority issue.
When we put our appearance as the top priority, we neglect our character and developing ourselves into the person Jesus wants us to be.
Let’s encourage each other to be kind, compassionate, and loving.
We can have beautiful hearts and still enjoy playing with makeup. It’s okay to get excited about a monthly makeup subscription.
Why not let the world see that we care how we look on the outside instead of pretending that a naked face brings us closer to God’s throne room?
No more fighting about makeup. No more “holier-than-thou” attitudes because your skin is bare.
Whether you love makeup or hate it, the choice is yours, but self-righteousness is always hideous.
Kindness, sweetness, and gentleness enhance your beauty whether or not Clinique has been applied. No more ugliness. Enjoy your makeup. Stop bickering.
Have a great weekend!