Can Christian Ladies Wear Jewelry and Makeup?
By David J. Stewart
Photo to Right: The infamous Tammy Faye Bakker of the defunct PTL Club. This is a perfect example ladies of how NOT to wear your makeup.
Can Christian ladies wear jewelry? Can they wear make-up? What about the verses that say women should dress modestly? Does this mean no gold or diamond engagement/wedding bands? What about pearls? Is make-up a bad thing as long as it is not too much?
The Word of God does not forbid jewelry on women; however, the Bible teaches that a woman should dress in such a way that it draws attention to her character and not the jewelry and makeup itself...
"While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands" (1st Peter 3:2-5).
In my opinion, flashy jewelry, thick makeup, eye-shadow, hair over a woman's eyes, low-cut blouses, halter tops, tight dresses, et cetera, are all wrong. A Christian woman should be extremely cautious about attracting the opposite sex to her outward beauty by using worldly appeal, i.e., the seductive and whorish look. It bothers me when women allow their hair to hang in front of their eyes, which is a sensual worldly look.
The Bible warns against a woman having an "impudent" look in Proverb 7:13. "Impudent" means "improperly forward or bold; marked by casual disrespect." This is the sassy feminist look that we see on Miley Cyrus (Hannah Montana) and other whorish looking women today. A Christian woman should display shamefacedness, i.e., humility and respect for her husband's authority. This is in sharp contrast to loud, boisterous and foolish women today who have no regard for the things of God.
Makeup and jewelry are acceptable if worn in moderation. The proper purpose of makeup and jewelry ought to be to enhance a woman's attractiveness by highlighting her natural beauty; not saturating her entire face with makeup like Tammy Faye Bakker used to do on the PTL Club (i.e., the Praise The Lord Club). Kindly said, she looked like a fool-headed clown. Cosmetics can detract from a woman's natural beauty very easily if excessive.
I am against eye-shadow in public as this is a seductive look that ought to be reserved for intimacy between a husband and wife alone. That's just my opinion. I also think it is wrong for teenagers girls to be decked-out like prostitutes. Lip gloss is worldly. Walt Disney dresses young girls up to look like prostitutes. Teenage girls should not be allowed to wear makeup, high heels, or expensive jewelry until they're 18 in my Christian opinion. Walt Disney has successfully turned a generation of young girls into lascivious whores and sex-perverts. I have a right to my opinion, and I think the Walt Disney Corporation is of the Devil.
Earrings are certainly appropriate; but not if they hang down several inches. Also, I think multiple earrings in one ear are a worldly look and should not be worn by Christian women. A woman with 5 or 6 earrings in her ear is worldly. Nose and body piercings are worldly as well. I would refrain from diamonds and expensive looking jewelry that draws attention to itself. I think gold or diamond wedding bands are the exception to the rule, which are acceptable if they appear expensive. Such a token of love and commitment is supposed to be bright and let every man know that a woman is taken. Of course, I wouldn't wear such expensive jewelry walking down the street; but to church should be safe. I think pearls are fine too, but not too many of them or you'll look like a giant clam.
I think dying one's hair a different color is fine and acceptable; but green, orange, blue or other strange colors for hair are worldly. Some women must wear makeup or a wig or dentures due to health problems, which is fine.
Also, tattoos are worldly and should never be placed upon one's body. A popular trend nowadays is for whorish women to have tattoos placed on their lower back. This is wrong.
I think plastic surgery is bad. Breast implants are ridiculous and are associated with many health problems; not to mention they're simply not natural. We are living in a nuthouse society where one's looks are all that matters. We are bombarded with worldly sayings like... "get the look" or "own the room" or "impress your friends." I got those from a recent Home Depot TV commercial of all places. American society has gone insane with body worship. So, in this whacko sex-perverted environment, it is important for Christian ladies to be careful how they dress, as to not contribute to the sexual promiscuity of our time. Certainly, Christian women don't have to wear sackcloth; but "baggy is better" is my motto.
As my pastor used to say, "A little paint on the old barn never hurt anything."
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