plastic surgery & Christianity
I confessed a while back that I really hated my body. Of course, I had just given birth to my third child (who, for what it’s worth, weighed in at 9 lbs, 11 oz… 5 days early).
I need to confess now that I’m struggling with the same junk. Not sure how many people will read this, but by making it public, it’s good and confessed. I’ve confessed it to God, and now it’s coming out to you.
My distaste for my tummy area (which looks literally like it’s been attacked by wild animals… ahh… stretch marks…) has been growing.
And my holiday indulgences did nothing to help. The extra padding in the form of love handles (WHY are they called that? I don’t love them!) just serves as an ugly backdrop to the animal attack scene.
Not to mention, my belly button? It literally looks like it’s frowning. It’s SAD, y’all. Just sad.
Anyways, obviously I’m not a fan of my mid-section. Enough so that I had actually been seriously considering the idea of plastic surgery to “put back to normal” what I disliked.
But there was always something there… just “not right”. Like, in the same way that I was convicted many years ago about not using hormonal birth control**.
Yesterday, I “randomly” (hahaha… I love how we attach the word random to God. He’s about as far from random as you can get!) happened to be reading in Revelation. Yep. And as I was reading about the 7 churches & what God had to say to them, I was really focused on his words to the church in Ephesus.
But you have this in your favor: You hate the practices of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate
I had to look up what a Nicolaitan was… and I read
The Nicolaitans were believers who compromised their faith in order to enjoy some of the sinful practices of Ephesian society… When we want to take part in an activity that we know is wrong, we may make excuses to justify our behavior, saying that it isn’t as bad as it seems or that it won’t hurt our faith. Christ has strong words for those who look for excuses to sin.
NIV study notes on Revelation 2:6
Later in the day, I was talking to a friend, who, incidentally, is an RN at a plastic surgeon’s office. I have ZERO idea how some of this came out, but I finally just asked the question: Is it okay for a Christian, not just a “I call myself a Christian” Christian, but an actual, Word-of-God-reading, Jesus following, disciple of Christ to have a tummy tuck?”
(Here is where I was hoping to hear, “yes, yes it is”)
Instead I heard, “No. Did I just say that so bluntly? But no, I don’t”
Because really, although I’m not going to picket outside of any plastic surgery offices in protest of the practice, I believe that for me, it is wrong. For me, because God has chosen it for me, I cannot continue to justify my reasoning… to do so would be to “find an excuse to sin” and I definitely don’t want to be in the same boat as the Nicolaitans, whose practices were hated by God.
Unexpected conviction stings.
Expected conviction stings even more.
Your adornment must not be merely external — braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses (or fixing your stretch marked tummy); 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.
1 Peter 3:3-4
**I do not believe that hormonal birth control is in and of itself a bad thing. I have taken it in the past. However, I was personally convicted that some of the facts given to women about birth control are done so not from a Jesus point of view. I personally believe that it can mess with things that shouldn’t be messed with. For what it’s worth, I’m also not a “just keep having kids” kind of girl, and I’ll leave it at that. 🙂