Friday, May 2, 2008

the beautiful people?

Pop culture mag People has published it's yearly list of the 100 Most Beautimous Persons Around, or something like that. Lots of "celebrities," natch. It's never been a magazine to focus on really important issues, but I think this kind of thing is a prime example of shallowness. Purely subjective, of course, and completely American. What's beautiful in one culture isn't necessarily beautiful in another. I've seen people who are far more beautiful - including The Wife - than the ones on this list.

Let's see what the Apostle Peter thought of external beauty. He wrote about it in the third chapter of his first letter:
Your adornment must not be merely external--braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses; but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God.
How many of the people on that list would fulfill Peter's standard of beauty?

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