Some time back I had a person email into my online ministry with a question about women’s makeup. She more specifically was asking about the great amounts of makeup used by some Christian women on television. After a bunch of prayer, here is how I answered her:
Great amounts of makeup on a ladies face has always been a uncomfortable thing for me to deal with, both scripturally and personally. I guess it reminds me of the old sayings about a painted lady which refers back to that old gal Jezebel. Second Kings chapter nine, verse thirty says that when Jehu came to the city of Jezreel, Jezebel heard about it; and she painted her face, and tied up her hair, and looked out at a window. Jezebels name has always been synonymous with a lady who was out for any and all men, and didn’t care what measures she took to get them.
As for those ladies who put their makeup on thick, I know there are some who do it because of blemish’s, scars, or some skin condition, and there’s nothing wrong with that if it makes them feel comfortable. But there are some Christian ladies who cake it on with a cement trowel because they want to, and to be quite frank with you, it is in my opinion shouldn’t.
- It draws attention to them, and not to the Lord.
- They’re making themselves look like a woman who professes anything but Godliness.
First Timothy, chapter two, verses nine and ten basically says that in the same way, Christian sisters ought to dress themselves in modest clothes, being meek and sober. Not making a big deal over a hair do, or wearing a bunch of jewelry. But to look the way a woman should that claims to be a Christian with good works.
- 1 Timothy 2:9 In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; 2:10 But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.
Now as an old time preacher said in a sermon once “It don’t hurt nuthin to paint up the barn a little after it has had a few seasons in the sun”. A little makeup never hurt anyone! But if it makes them look like a lady who has on her mind anything but doing God’s will, well, you get the picture!
Brethren, I wouldn’t dare leave you out. Are you dressing the way a faithful son of God should dress? Are you acting as a faithful son of God should act around our sisters in Christ? Are you making yourself look like a man who professes Godliness. Just sayin!!!