I love this conversation and hope that these discussions lead to more sanity in the image conscious, idolatrous and oppressive fashion industry. Most women have become slaves to body hating self talk. They pummel themselves with a stream of corrosive self talk that forms a mindset that ferments oppression and legalism. They suffer in silent or they become obsessively conscious about their body at the exclusion of the many other wonderful gifts in their lives. We most often worship what we think about...and that becomes painfully convicting when people realize that they love their thighs more than the Most high.
The fashion and health industry have built altars that women self sacrifice themselves upon and the self depreciating blood letting is viral....they get rich and we become poorer by the day.
Jesus came to set the captives free and that salvation, restoration and renewal extends into the life of the mind, will and emotions too. Abundant life is a gift that begins to transform the inner life of the soul and a beauty emerges that renews the mind. We can be at peace with ourselves. A joy that embraces our true selves and can laugh in the face of the future, despite wrinkles, rolls or gray hair is the evidence of grace at work.A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. -Proverbs 17:22
As a pastor I've witnessed the ugly results of our cultures fascination and idolatry of all things thin. Sometimes I wish we could go back in time to when a curvy woman was considered more attractive than the half starved, carrot nibblers we prance around as examples of the so called "beautiful woman". I hear pregnant woman complaining about their growing bodies and how they cant wait to get back into the gym where they can regain their boney bodies...and yet, the husbands are actually loving their new found lumps and bumps. I thought LeeElla was in some of her most beautiful and sexy moments when she was pregnant. It's simply a lie that a woman is only desirable between certain socially determined numbers. I pray we can learn to truly celebrate the glory of God found reflected in all of His creation...no matter what the size.
A truly liberated woman...is one who can embrace her tummy....but not worship it.