So…it’s kind of exciting to see Christianity in pop culture. We see stars like Justin Beiber getting Jesus tattoos and Tim Tebow talking about their faith. In this Fox news article (click photo link), the author says that this pop star influence might make Christianity the “cool thing to do” . But is that really a good thing???
Hopefully, people are inspired by Justin Beiber’s willingness to speak up about his faith. But, hopefully, they don’t just follow his lead because they think it’s cool.
Romans 14:12 reminds us that each of us will give an account before God. We are all responsible for a personal relationship with God, not a copy-cat imitation of what someone else is doing.
Since some of you may or may not have your own pinterest, I thought I’d clue you in on the pinterest world every now and then. I especially like this craft idea that’s been popping up lately. Check it out.
So… what do I think about Pinterest anyway?
There are a lot of things that I like about Pinterest:
- Girl’s sharing their style tips with one another instead of keeping them to themselves
- Inspiring photos that make me realize how beautiful God’s world is
- Inspiring quotes that I haven’t heard before
- Fresh, new, easy ideas for my next crafts…. I love making things =)
- All the food looks delicious! People on Pinterest are practically professional food photographers. Yum!
There are a lot of things I don’t like about Pinterest:
- The images of extremely fit, half dressed women that are supposed to motivate you to exercise but only make you realize how far off you are
- The excessive love quotes that places the “the perfect boyfriend” onto a long list of expectations
- The billions of re-pins of male celebrities onto boards entitled “hot stuff” or “yummy”. It makes men into objects of lust instead of people to be respected.
So… overall, I can’t say that I like or dislike Pinterest. It’s a great resource, and it’s all about how you use it. As Christians, we have the opportunity to use Pinterest in a way that shows our respect for others, our taste in style, and our view of the world. Don’t worry… this doesn’t mean that we can only pin Bible verses or Christian quotes….I believe that God loves it when his daughters can enjoy good fashion and good food and good ideas in the world He created!
So pin things that are fun, creative, and worthy of being re-pinned.
The images we view change the way we view ourselves.
Liz Jones, the used-to-be editor of Marie Claire magazine, still can’t believe the pressure that the fashion industry puts on women to look a certain way.
“I had reached the point where I had simply had enough of working in and industry that pretends to support women while it bombards them with impossible images of perfection day after day, undermining their self-confidence, their health, and hard-earned cash.”
Some fashion experts like Debbie Bee, editor of fashion magazine Nova, believe that women are smart enough to distinguish between models and real life, but I would argue that glossy magazine images of super skinny supermodels are negatively effecting us, whether we realize it or not.
The images we see in fashion magazines have unattainable standards of beauty. Even if the model really is that thin or that beautiful, they’ll airbrush her skin and put her in clothing that is too expensive for anyone to afford. Some photo editors will actually stretch their model’s necks (check out the Dove video above)!!!
However, regardless of the images we see… it’s our perspective that needs to change. Ultimately, our standard for beauty shouldn’t come from the images we view but the truth that we read. God’s word tells us that we are created in His image (Genesis 1:26). That’s the image that matters.
Unfortunately, it is not uncommon to see Lady Gaga or Katy Perry posing half naked on the cover of a magazine. These women are known for being extreme and immodest just to gain a reaction from their fans. They choose to show off their bodies in a way that is degrading and insulting to the graceful beauty of femininity.
But Duchess Kate Middleton is a different extreme.
Topless photos of the princess have been published in a French Magazine WITHOUT her permission. A photographer spied on the Royal Family during a vacation getaway and snapped photos of her sunbathing at a private destination miles away from public eye. The Royal family is outraged! And they are demanding justice for the intrusion of privacy.
Whether or not the Princess should have been sunbathing topless is not my point…. My point is that she is responding in a way that demands respect for the graceful beauty of femininity! Unlike the pop star icons of America, she is appalled by the thought that topless photos of her were published. I am glad that she realizes the importance of protecting her femininity.
This is the statement published by the Royal Family:
“Their Royal Highnesses have been hugely saddened to learn that a French publication and a photographer have invaded their privacy in such a grotesque and totally unjustifiable manner. The incident is reminiscent of the worst excesses of the press and paparazzi during the life of Diana, Princess of Wales, and all the more upsetting to the duke and duchess for being so. Their Royal Highnesses had every expectation of privacy in the remote house. It is unthinkable that anyone should take such photographs, let alone publish them.”
Alright, girls. Let’s be honest. This song is completely different for the pop country sounding T-Swift we are used to. And, I’m not sure I like it. I’m used the guitar strumming to the same melody in every one of her songs. This rhythmic driven sound definitely makes me think twice…. Is that Taylor Swift? Is that Taylor Swift? (See. I told you)
Even though I don’t like the music. I do like the lyrics….. now don’t get me wrong! I don’t like the fact that the song is about a terribly exhausting relationship (she even says “It’s exhausting” in the spoken interlude). What I like is that she has the willpower to call this terrible relationship off for good! We are so used to her songs like Last December, White Horse, and Hey Stephen where she is wishing for a relationship that is never meant to be. But in her song, she’s actually realizing which relationships are never meant to be. It’s a new era of Taylor Swift music.
Princess Kate. She’s not just the Duchess of Cambridge. She’s an icon in the world of fashion. Whether it’s Time magazine or a British tabloid, magazines have made her a celebrity. Her pictures are everywhere, and her sense of style seems flawless. But Princess Kate doesn’t simply dress to be famous or to please herself. She dresses to represent her country.
A friend of mind once pointed out the amazing responsibility of the Princess. Everyday when she wakes up, she can’t just throw on a pair of sweatpants and a t-shirt and hit the streets of London. She has to carefully determine (with the help of personal stylists, of course) what she’ll wear that day. Her outfit isn’t about showcasing HER personality or HER sense of style. Her outfits must portray the elegant class and traditional garb of English society. From the length of her dress to the size of the hat on her head, certain elements of her wardrobe are dependent on the expectations of the royal family. Their diplomatic decisions and national reputation are at stake with the way she represents herself in the public eye.
Seems like a lot of pressure…. doesn’t it???!?!!!
What if I were to tell you that we have the same responsibility? In many ways, we are just as responsible for the clothes we wear. As followers of Christ, we have the incredible responsibility to show who God is by the way we live, the way we talk, and even by the clothes that we wear! So what are Christian clothes exactly? Well, we’ll save that for another blog post. But I will say that Princess Kate does a pretty great job at representing her country, and we should take our jobs just as seriously to represent our Lord.
2 Corinthians 5:20 says, “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.”