Sunday, February 3, 2008

Should Christians Participate in Beauty Contests?

Christians have to know that the church cannot function out of the community. If God gave the Israelites ceremonial laws, which the community had to perform is because he wants the community too. That is why, the way we live in the community should reflect what we profess in church.

Secondly, the competition of Esther that eventually led to her being made queen is biblical example of God’s approval of pageantry.

Thirdly, there is no theological statement that was made in a vacuum. Take for instance, the cases of John the Baptist (Lk 3:10-14) and Jesus (Mt 5:38-45). Both used language as a vehicle of the community.

Please pray and encourage our sisters who are competing. Is it a sin to be beautiful or handsome? If not then why would it be a problem to enter into a competition? Is it a sin to be intelligent? If not why would it be a problem entering into a competition if you can. Now, if we don’t have a problem with our kids writing exams to earn their living, playing sports to earn a living; why would it be a problem for anyone to do a beauty contest to earn her living?

The only issue would be if there was sin involved. Yet as we all know, every area in our life; school office, home is sin oriented and we fight that everyday. If we give in we have fallen into temptation but if we don’t, we have overcome. Jesus said “I do not pray that You take them out of this world but protect them from evil because we are of the world (Jn 17:15-17).Therefore, the problem will not be participation but what a Christian participant does with the exposure.

I wish all the contestants the best and do give her my blessings.

Until then, make yourself beautiful in and out.

Prince & PA Hamilton Ayuk

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