And you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free. Jesus in John 8 vs 32
How often do you hear, “Just keeping it real?” Or, how about the predecessor to keeping it real, what you see is what you get?
It is interesting neither often represents the truth? Last week, one of the network affiliates in Phoenix ran a story about implants. Two women were highlighted. One was African American. One was Latino.
Both had booty implants. Both reported that their lives changed after the procedure. Both were getting the attention they wanted. Both wished they had done it sooner. They were just keeping it real.
I thought of another time I was pitching my consulting practice to representatives of a large non -profit. Afterwards, I was taken to dinner where it was said, “Brother, be comfortable. We keep it real here.”
You had to be there. As she spoke, her left eyelash fell in our shared appetizer plate. The gentleman with us got nervous, cleared his throat and reached to adjust his hairpiece. To de – escalate the moment, I retrieved her lash from the plate and insisted she be comfortable. After all, we were just keeping real.
Since what we see is often not what we get, let’s revisit the words of Jesus. And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.
If false booties, false breasts, eyelashes, hairpieces, etc. etc. are necessary to a sense of self-esteem, it is time for reflection. If we do not like how the Creator has made us, it is not simply an indictment on our immaturity; it is an indictment on the Creator’s inadequacy. Our behavior says we intend to improve upon the Creator’s work. Hmmmmmm….. Really?
The moral of this story is keeping it real is more than a simple cliché. Keeping it real requires mature integrity. Hmmmmmm. There is a thought.
Bottom line: When body enhancements are necessary to appeal to self and others, it is nothing more than volunteering for addiction that is tantamount to slavery.
“Beware of the false,” Jesus says in Matthew 7 vs15. Don’t stop there. Seek truth because knowing the truth makes you free from the slavery of ignorance and immaturity, John 8 vs 32.
Just keeping it real!
Question from a reader: Is it biblically or morally wrong to have body enhancement procedures?
I suggest the question be approached more from the motivation to body enhancement procedures over against the morality of it. It is certainly more than implants in the breasts, lips, and hips.
This is a female and male issue. It is also tattoos, brands, laser eye surgery, color contact lenses, glasses, sex changes; the list has as many possibilities as people have issues with their bodies.
The question that the cosmetic surgery industry does not ask because it is not conducive to profit is what is the motivation to enhancement? If you did not like your stuff before enhancement, it is not likely you will like your stuff past the amusement stage of your new enhancements. Then what?