The objectification of women and the perversions of lust are never more clearly seen than around Halloween.
Buying the Cultural Lie
I was recently looking through a catalog of Halloween costumes in a local party store and saw hundreds of examples of women in ‘costumes’ that would be more aptly described as lingerie. One in particular stood out to me. It displayed both a male and female version of a medieval style knight costume. The male version was simply entitled ‘Knight’ while the female version was named ‘All Knight.’ I have to admit the title was certainly clever, but as I considered this I realized just how blatant and sickening the over sexualization of women has become. Culture, over the course of time, has consistently and subliminally narrowed down the role of women to an attractive, provocative piece of merchandize for sinful men to patronize, while women have unfortunately given in to the lie that love can only be found through the doorway of lust.
Men are Not the Only Ones to Blame.
Dustin Kensrue, a deacon and musician from Mars Hill Church in Seattle, WA wrote a song some years back that had some very insightful lyrics in speaking about the actions of a young woman desperate for love.
“You dream of sharing your heart
Instead you share your bed
And your heart beats empty and cold
With all the tears that you have shed.
You dream of baring your soul
Instead you bare more skin
And you wear dark glasses to keep
Anyone from looking in.”
The saddest part about the objectification of women in our culture is that young ladies are conditioned by media and peer pressure to conform to the demands of men to give up their purity in order to be loved. Too often women seek to find an honorable man by dishonoring themselves, and the result is the opposite of what they hope to achieve. This cultural lie is so pervasive that girls continue to compromise their own worth in order to receive the devotion they earnestly desire, only to be let down by the unfulfilling results of lust.
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he made them; male and female he created them.” (Gen. 2:7) God made men and women in His own image. The worth, equality, and beauty that goes along with that amazing privilege cannot be overstated. Women were not made to be an object for man to enjoy; they were made in the image of our eternal God to represent Him on Earth and to be honored as the very likeness of the Almighty. Mathew Henry in commenting on the biblical account in Genesis says this,
“The woman was made of a rib out of the side of Adam; not made out of his head to rule over him, nor out of his feet to be trampled upon by him, but out of his side to be equal with him, under his arm to be protected, and near his heart to be beloved.”
Both men and women were made pure through God’s perfect creative power. But when man sinned in the garden of Eden we, as a race, became marred by the effects of sin, and as a result we perverted the beauty of sex and intimacy.
Honoring the Dishonorable
Jesus’s sacrificial death on the cross and life-giving resurrection has allowed all those, both male and female, who call upon Him by faith to be made new. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come” (II Cor. 5:17-18). Jesus, God in the flesh, allowed himself to be dishonored so that women could be honored and men could be made honorable. No matter how low you have gone to be “loved” or how far you have gone to fulfill your own lusts, God can make you new. Stop walking according to cultural norms, by either gawking at short skirts or wearing them, instead walk in the Spirit and glorify God in your body.
Also If you guys would like to participate in a wholesome substitute for the many Halloween celebrations out there, come out to our Autumn Party this upcoming Tuesday night, on the 29th at 7pm. Hope to see you there!