Beauty, worship and Martin Luther King–finding substance beneath the bling.


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It really sucks you know, society’s emphasis on beauty. I’m not talking about being healthy and brushing your teeth. I’m talking about worshiping the idea of a perfect body, the symmetry of facial features and perfect teeth.

It’s obsessive,


And dangerous.

We are a nation of fools when it comes to worship.  The object of our adoration is often petty and self-indulgent.

And yet, we were created to worship. Our focus of adoration was meant to be grand and glorious, beyond our scope of comprehension.

Worship was meant to expand our soul, not harden our heart.

Problem is, most of us have a difficult time resisting bling.

  1. The bling of looking fab, more fab than anyone else in the room.
  2. The bling of  appearing magnificently successful and profoundly powerful.

Now, I’m not saying that it’s wrong to look good.

Keep brushing your teeth and washing your face. Buy clothes that fit and change your underwear everyday.  Get a job. Work hard and take responsibility. Feed your mind. Practice your please and thank you’s.

Just don’t get so overwhelmed with bling.

It shines and it dazzles.  I’m ok with that. What bothers me is what we expect from bling. Respect. Satisfaction. Relationship. Compassion.

Seriously, when will we learn?

On August 28, 1963 Martin Luther King stood  in front of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and declared,

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

Content.  Character. The stuff beneath the tint of our skin. The substance of our being.

It doesn’t matter where you are-

  • In the grocery store.
  • At school.
  • Sitting in a corporate board meeting.
  • On the front row of a church service, preaching from the pulpit or leading the singing.

We all get tempted to “show bling” so that people will see that we have value. In all of us is an overwhelming desire to say “Hey, look at me. I’m important, too.”

So, how do we find depth and meaning beyond the bling?

It all comes back to worship.

When we worship God, his His spirit begins to transform us. The silly games we play to get attention are soon forgotten. Instead,

  • love,
  • joy,
  • peace,
  • forbearance,
  • kindness,
  • goodness,
  • faithfulness,
  • gentleness
  • and self-control.

spill like sunshine out of our flawed and fragile lives into a dark and  troubled world.

Now, THAT is beautiful.

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