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Cosmetic Chaos

by Donald Geddes — last modified Dec 13, 2014 08:56 PM
Last week thousands lined up to rush the opening of the French Cosmetic Chain Sephora’s first store in Australia. Over 1000 waited in the heat outside with staff providing them with ice creams! Sephora has over 1000 stores world wide and plans opening more in Australia.

Why are people going crazy over cosmetics and loony over lipstick? Why indeed? Being a mere male, I have no answer. I do know that, when accosted by a young lady in the Shopping Mall wanting to sell me “skin rejuvenator”, I told her she was too late.

The Cosmetics Industry in Australia is big business. It employs 8,000 people and each year earns $4bn. This is not just women (and men) wanting to look attractive but many desperately trying to hold back the ravages of time.

The old jingle “A little bit of powder and a little bit of paint makes a woman look like what she ain’t” has more than a grain of truth. No one now asks “Why gild the lily and paint the rose?”

Some thoughts from the Bible are worth pondering.

In Ephesians chapter 5 Paul addresses wives and husbands. To the husbands he gives this command:

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless (Vs 25–27).

When husbands truly love their wives it shows in that they become radiant, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish. But note! This is linked to being holy and blameless.

There is no doubt life-style has a tremendous effect on our health and well-being and it shows in our face. True beauty, regardless of age, is shown in the radiance seen in the face of a godly person. This is not a beauty that is skin deep. It is not superficial but a beauty of character.

Peter has a wise word to wives:

Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewellery 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. For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to adorn themselves (1 Pet 3:3–50).

There is an interesting story in the Old Testament concerning the wicked Queen Jezebel who tried to turn Israel from worshipping the Lord to idolatry. After both her husband King Ahab and her son King Joram had been killed, the wild Jehu seized the throne and went after Jezebel. 2 Kings 9:30 says: Then Jehu went to Jezreel. When Jezebel heard about it, she put on eye makeup, arranged her hair and looked out of a window. She knew her time had come and adorned herself trying to look as regal as possible. But it did not hide her pagan character as she taunted Jehu calling him a traitor and murderer. What happened to her? Read 2 Kings 9:31–33.

What counts is not outward appearance but godly character.