Perfection: The New Idolatry


Instagram filters, staged photos, highlight and contour………we live in a society that is constantly obsessed with appearing perfect. This is especially true for women, polls consistently reveal that the majority of us are dissatisfied with our appearance. Daily we are confronted with a barrage of magazine covers, airbrushed photos of celebrities, and social media “models”. If you are not careful then the average woman will think she is too short, too fat, too unattractive, and too imperfect. So instead of learning to be true to ourselves and love the woman that God created we strive to be and portray something we are not: PERFECT!


You may ask how this is idolatry? The definition of idolatry, according to Webster is ” the worship of idols or excessive devotion to, or reverence for some person or thing”


So now we are a generation who is excessively devoted to looking perfect. As women we have become obsessed with waist shapers to appear that we have the perfect shape and we spend thousands of dollars on makeup to cover up all our flaws and look perfect in our photos. We stage photos so that we can optimize the likes we get on social media because somehow along the way social media likes now equals validation.


No one is addressing issues within anymore because the mindset is “if I address the issue then I have to first admit there is an issue and if I admit there is an issue I’m admitting that I’m not perfect”


So we are a beautiful, filtered, flawless, “I woke up like this” generation but we are in more pain than ever before. You have single women who don’t want to admit that they are hurting and tired of having men come in and out of their lives. They want to portray that they are beautiful, independent women and could care less if a man is in their life . So they cry tears at night and whenever they are alone. This keeps them in a silent bondage and they cant’t fully reach their potential as a woman. A married woman spent so much time on planning the perfect wedding, with the perfect dress, and perfect ring, and perfect decor that you forget that two imperfect people are becoming one. So when there is trouble in your marriage and you realize that you spent more time preparing for the wedding and less time preparing for the marriage you are too afraid to ask for help because it would mess up the look of perfection.


So when that beautiful single girl breaks down and that perfect marriage is now a divorce the first thing people say is “I didn’t see that coming because they “LOOKED” like they had all together.


So now you have a generation of people who now idolize perfection and not the one true living God.

Matthews 5:48  “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (NIV)

So instead of wanting the image of perfection lets strive to be like the perfecter! Our heavenly father! In the above verse it tells us to be like him. We are made in his image so we should strive daily to look more like him.

The word “perfect,” in the Bible, can and does mean “complete” or “finished.” Jesus was made “perfect” through suffering (Heb. 2:10; 5:8–9). He completed or fulfilled God’s plan for Him as our Savior by suffering for us.

“Perfect” can also have the meaning of “mature” or “grown up.” In Philippians 3:15, the apostle Paul speaks to “as many as be perfect” (KJV). The NKJV translates this phrase “as many as are mature.”

When Jesus said, “Be perfect, as your Father in heaven is perfect” (Matt. 5:48), He was saying, “Let your love be complete as God’s love.” God loves all people, even evil ones. This is how we can be as “perfect” as God.

We need to go back to wanting to please him instead of those around us. There is so much freedom in being who he called you to be instead of you are pretending to be in your head. Let go of that idol, humble yourself and then you will see how he can open your eyes to the person you didn’t know you could be.

I love you all!!!

Signed,

Perfectly Imperfect

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