He executes justice for the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets prisoners free, the LORD gives sight to the blind, he lifts up those who are bowed down, the LORD loves those who live justly. The LORD watches over the immigrant and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked. -Psalm 146:7-9

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Thinking Biblically about Beauty

"I believe that when we are set free to love God and love our neighbor, we are far more inclined to have a balanced view about all these things. Christian women, of all women on earth, have the capacity for the most loveliness, hands down. And why? Because they are forgiven, and they don’t carry around a load of guilt. And that is a beauty product that cannot be found behind a counter." -Nancy Wilson

Read this article on Modesty in its fullest here

The following podcasts have encouraged me greatly in my journey to think biblically about food and loosing weight.

Dr Ed Welch's "Does Thin Equal Beautiful?" is well worth a listen,
Q & A session from his church series on "A Biblical Vision of Beauty."

"For most people, to be loved is to be made much of. Almost everything in our Western culture serves this distortion of love. We are taught in a thousand ways that love means increasing someone's self esteem. Love is helping someone feel good about themselves. Love is giving someone a mirror and helping him like what he sees.

This is not what the bible means by the love of God. Love is doing what is best for someone. But making self the object of our highest affections is not best for us. It is, in fact, a lethal distraction. We are made to see and savour God- and savouring him, to be supremely satisfied, and thus spread in all the world the worth of his presence. Not to show people the all-satisfying God is not to love them. To make them feel good about themselves when they were made to feel good about seeing God is like taking someone to the Alps and locking them in a room full of mirrors."
--John Piper -Dont Waste Your Life