Biblical Christianity is counter-cultural.
We should embrace it and celebrate it. Rather than just helping people understand scripture, we should highlight the wisdom and superior ideals scripture provides. To contrast it to the warfare of pressure to harm, cheapen people, specifically women, as simply an object to be looked at.
The current culture has a hyper-focus on women.
Style, fashion, entertainment, pornography, plastic surgery, medicine, and not to forget feminism. And now trans-women, men who demand to be recognized as women.
The most celebrated “women” in the past five years have been men dressed up as women.
Bruce Jenner – Male Olympian
William Thomas – Male Athlete competing with women.
Richard Levine – Man recognized as the first four-star female general.
We are in a Hyper feminized culture.
Social media like TikTok, and Instagram, the fantasy of what a woman is and what a woman sees when they look in the mirror. It’s no wonder that young girls and women are feeling even more pressure conform to a hyper pressure to conform to this ever tighter grip of fantasy.
Most men and boys have an essential ambivalence about fashion and appearance. No doubt there are exceptions. However, in my observation, it’s a small percentage.
Our culture glorifies fake, illusions, false images, and twisted desires.
To strip women down to be valued based on their revealed shape, sexual desirability, and something to be lusted after is what fuels so much of the world.
They use this to sell everything.
The point can be made that for generations, women’s beauty fashions have been dictated by men not attracted to females. You can draw your own conclusions from that.
I saw on Twitter where a minister posted this, “Stop wearing make-up, and be comfortable in your own skin. God made you beautiful; stop covering it up.”
I saw a few apostolic ladies respond; this was my thoughts’ genesis.
This would have been hypothetical a few years ago, and we now know the real-world facts.
If the whole culture began wearing facemasks, a person not wearing a face mask would be looked at as odd.
I was one who rarely wore one because I saw it as theatre and fear rather than safety or helpful. I got the stink eye more than a few times.
Science has confirmed that cloth and paper masks serve virtually no value and some studies showed people got more sick from wearing them.
Now overlay this to the expected image of a woman wearing a mask and proscribed uniform everywhere they go that conforms to this cultural expectation.
Jesus said, you are the light of the world.
” Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all in the house. Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:15-16
I propose a one of many stellar examples of good works that our ladies do in honor to God, obedience to the Word of God and are a shining example of what a woman of faith looks like.
Beyond rejecting the mask and uniform of this world, but in attitude, actions, and kindness, they represent Jesus.
The world at large my not understand it, but they know something is different, and in time they come to respect this reality.
I live with a godly, prayerful Christian woman who has, over time, won over some of those that looked at her odd because she presents herself different.
They may not understand that she is obeying God. However, they do know that she is a woman of faith and different from virtually every other woman they know. I suggest that beyond husbands being won by the conduct of a godly woman. Still, the world at large is exposed to their witness in the simple act of honoring and obeying God’s word. Beyond Biblical justification, but to heap honor and esteem upon them for this commitment.
We should look for ways to honor and celebrate these faithful women.
To encourage and show what a treasure they are for being authentic women who don’t need a mask or to reveal their sexual form.
Celebrate the virtue and value rather than simply curse the darkness.