May 30, 2008

Epidemic Among Women

Apparently there is concern that women all over the U.S. are experiencing feelings of low self-worth. Some even suggest that this is an epidemic. I have difficulty believing that this is the case, in fact, I would suggest that the opposite problem exists. I know, there are women who are going to great lengths to improve their physical image by undergoing physical enhancements such as breast implants, liposuction, face lifts, and botox treatments--among other things. I don't believe these actions are primarily the result of low self worth, but are evidence of a society that is never satisfied and just wants more. These women aren't necessarily dissatisfied with who they are, they are dissatisfied with what they have--and don't have. The quest for extended life spans and a youthful appearance that endures into the 60s isn't an issue with low self-worth, its a manifestation of entitlement. "If I can, I will." This is the real epidemic, and it transcends the issue of physical enhancements. It explains the rampant materialism and consumerism that plagues our world....and it does stop at the doors of the church.

As leaders in womens ministry, we have an opportunity--and responsibility--to help women reconfigure how they view the world, living the Christ-centered rather than the self-centered life. Don't be deceived--women, for the most part, feel very good about themselves.
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