You may have already heard about this, but on a recent ESPN broadcast of a college football game, Brent Musburger commented on the beauty of Katherine Webb, Auburn student and reigning Miss Alabama, who was sitting in the stands watching her boyfriend, Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron, lead his team in a game.   Apparently, a certain segment of our society went nuts over the comment, considering it inappropriate.  You know our culture has gone absolutely insane when a man cannot compliment a woman or admire her beauty publicly or on the airwaves without certain groups of people becoming apoplectic.  Granted, you would not want someone making comments on certain features on her body, but Musburger’s comments did not go there.  He kept his comments in respectable territory, simply admiring how beautiful she was.  But the rage of the thought Nazis just did not make sense.  It is pure lunacy and shows how far gone some people are in their decadent thinking which does not admit anything of God into their minds, resulting in a bizarre and inconsistent legalistic morality that assumes the worst of everyone’s motives. 

There is absolutely no harm or wrong in pointing out that a woman is beautiful and being appreciative of her beauty.  Certainly it should be respectful appreciation, not “ogling” her with impure thoughts.  But there is absolutely nothing wrong with admiring beauty in a woman, so long as it does not lead you to sinful thoughts.  This kind of natural response to beauty is common among people of good sense, of a Judeo-Christian morality.  Knowing the God who made all beautiful things and people, and having the purity of His loving heart within us with the indwelling presence of His Holy Spirit, we are able to appreciate such things in the clear, pure light of truth and love.  But to those whose minds are darkened with sin, it is apparently considered exploitive to admire beauty in a very absurd morality that I cannot even understand or explain.  But common sense and cooler heads can comprehend that there is a way to admire beauty without having selfish or impure thoughts about it. 

Beauty pageants have long been a part of American culture.  Speaking from a man’s perspective, I have to ask, “Who wouldn’t want to look at a beautiful girl and admire her beauty?”  But these pageants don’t just highlight women in a superficial way that only looks at their surface beauty, which would be an exploitive way to look at them, a sort of approved version of pornography.  Instead, these pageants are about the entire package of what a woman is:  her thoughts, her accomplishments, and her talents.  This is the proper way to view women, certainly admiring their beauty, but seeing that as just part of the entire story of who she is, and being enticed to get to know this person to see if there is an inner beauty that is far more important than what is on the surface.  But it is only in a strange, distorted, puritanical morality where absolutely no appreciation of beauty can occur.  This is certainly not God’s way, as most issues of excess are outside the bounds of what God expects and desires in human behavior. 

I pray today that, if you are a woman, you will accept and appreciate your own beauty, but that you will continuously work on your inner beauty, communing with God on a daily basis so that He can build something even more wonderful in you over time than your outward beauty.  If you are a man, I pray that you will seek God’s guidance, wisdom, and power to help you appreciate all women in the proper way, with respect.  I pray for all to have a blessed day walking closely with our Lord. 

 


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    I'm a retired soldier, having spent 23 years of my life serving our country, actually 30 years when you count the reserve and National Guard time as well.  I believe in servant leaders, following the example of our Lord, and I believe in giving back to the troops once one has attained a certain status or level of success in life.  But I also believe in fighting back against corruption and incompetence wherever you find it if it hurts people.  Our national values were worth dying for.  They are also worth living for.  A man or woman can actually live a life by these principles of humility, service, love, duty, and honor, and have a significant impact on the world around them...if you have the dedication to see it through. 

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