I saw a news clip about a runway model who spoke at TED because she wants people to realize that models have more to contribute than their looks. It made me think about the idea of human beauty. Supposedly the U.S. has a great population of obese people, and American society’s idea of beauty is tall and very skinny people. In the Philippines (and I think for most “third world” countries), beauty is seen through more “meaty” people (those who would fit into a size 12 or 14 dress size). The majority of people in the Philippines are living in poverty and are thin because they do not have enough food so I suppose opposite of that would be beautiful. It made me realize that what our society considers “beautiful” seems to be anything opposite of what we normally see.
What I see now is that people are so consumed with trying to be “beautiful.” Beauty and being beautiful has become the new idol. The “worship” of beauty is not so obvious, but there are people who think or talk about beautiful people. Just today I saw a brief report of people holding signs and wearing masks of Ryan Gosling because they want him to be proclaimed the “next sexiest man.” There are no church buildings where people can worship, but they still worship, in a sense. Everywhere we look we see reminders about the beauty we are supposed to attain or emulate— in magazines, television commercials, TV shows, etc. All the attention on “beauty” made me think about how God’s commandments were to be “plastered” everywhere:
“And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates” (Deu 6:5-9, NLT).
What idols do you have? Who do you really worship?