Ok so I know a few people have read my poem and liked it and I am glad you did. It took me a while to figure that poem all out to be quite honest because I was struggling with appearance I guess. The reason I say I guess is because I was not big on wearing makeup but I did wear it from time to time and I thought to myself one day “hmmm, Tisha why do you really wear makeup??”. I have to be honest and say I like the way it looks on me sometimes and that can be detrimental. I know you are thinking like “since when is wearing makeup a sin” but its not wearing makeup that’s the sin. I think that it promotes vanity which is a sin because you are, for that moment of putting on makeup, really being into yourself. Now I will pose this question. If makeup never existed, what then would you have done to enhance or play up your look? Nothing! lol. Its not that makeup itself makes girls be really into themselves but it sends a message (the makeup companies send the message) that in order to look good and make it appear to yourself or other that you have flawless great skin you should buy the stuff and wear it. I will say that wearing makeup for me was more of an experiment. Did I like it? Sometimes. Did it enhance my face? Yes. Did it give me the look of having flawless skin? Yes. Did I like eye shadow colors and lip colors? Yes. Did I like nail polish and other forms of cosmetics? Yes. Did I receive compliments on any of it? Yes. Did it give me a big head? At times. Is that a good thing? No! So I find that in wearing it I did allow a quiet confidence to sneak in an catch me which is a no no! The only confidence we should have as Christian Women is in our father God. Now when you allow your confidence to lie in things like makeup it becomes an issue. So first it produces vanity, and now it produces a sense of pride or arrogance. So you may also be wondering where in the bible does it mention cosmetics. truthfully it doesn’t mention makeup BUT it mentions vanity and pride! and you can find this in Psalms 39:5-6 which says “Indeed, You have made my days as handbreadths, And my age is as nothing before You; Certainly every man at his best state is but vapor. Selah 6 Surely every man walks about like a shadow; Surely they busy themselves in vain; He heaps up riches, And does not know who will gather them. I also read an article about cosmetics and some of the information I took from it is that the ancient Egyptians were of the first people to wear makeup. It promoted vanity back then too and it makes sense that God really wanted for those people to leave Egypt because there were just way too many sinful things the people were engaged in. I also found out that the word cosmetics comes from the Greek word Kosmos which means world or worldly and we know that God does not want us to be of the world(John 15:19). When looking at the meaning of the word mascara, aside from the fact that you hear the word mask in it, the word masquerade stems from it. So now putting it all together what do we get? Well from what I have read it seems that cosmetics are just products that promote vanity and gives women (and sometimes men) a mask to wear in order to fit in with the world and its traditions. Now stop wearing the stuff!!! Lol ok so I can’t actually force anyone or try and make people stop wearing the stuff. As a matter of fact that’s not even the point of this post. I really would just like to inform everyone about some things they might not have known about makeup. I used to wear it and still own a lot of the stuff still. I do watch YouTube videos on how to apply the stuff and what ever else and I know what you thinking, “why the heck are you telling us this then”; well I too am struggling with it. Reading God’s word and finding out what kind of affect the cosmetics industry actually has on women will allow me and hopefully other who read this to think twice before putting on make up or buying it. What are you actually trying to achieve by wearing it and is it something that God will approve of? For those Christian women who are married, what does your husband think about you wearing makeup and do you know what the bible says concerning your outward appearance? Read 1 Peter 3:3-5 and you will see that makeup is something we really aren’t suppose to wear at all because we are not suppose to focus on outward appearance but more so our inner beauty with a meek and quiet spirit because its is precious to God. Besides all that I am just a huge advocate of being yourself and I am now starting to feel that God is revealing to me a the truth about what makeup can actually do to a (Christian) women whose identity is not suppose to be based upon the world’s perception of her because her identity truly lays in Christ. Anyway I know I can be long winded so I will end it saying that I am going to pray that all of us who wear makeup start seeing ourselves in the beautiful image that God made us in.
Love God, Love people, and hate sin!