The show set up situations of someone in distress or needing care and watched to see if any of the competing 'beauties' would go to their aide.
Reference: v.4 If you see your brother's donkey or his ox fallen on the road, do not ignore it. Help him get it to its feet. (NIV Bible)
Explore: There has been a show that has recently aired on Australian TV called 'True Beauty'. The contestants on the show are competing to see who is the most beautiful. The twist, however, is that they are secretly judged not just on their outer beauty but also on their inner beauty. The show will set up situations of someone in distress or needing care and watch to see if any of the competing 'beauties' will go to their aide. The two 'beauties' with the lowest score will go to elimination and just before they meet with the judges they will be subjected to one of these set ups again. One of the episodes had a homeless man (actor) pushing a cart filled with rubbish. As he crossed the path of the 'beauty' his cart hit the curb and he lost some of its contents. The challenge was to see if the 'beauty' would go and help him. As they did not know this was part of the competition, the viewer would be able to see if they were genuinely nice people.
Application: I would certainly never be able to compete in an outer beauty competition but I would hope that I would do okay with some inner beauty challenges. To go to someone's aide can often be an inconvenience, time consuming and costly. However we know that God cares more about our inner beauty than our outer appearance. In 1 Samuel 16 it says, 'People look at the outer appearance but the Lord looks at the heart.' And in Deuteronomy, this list of various laws that God instructed the Israelites to follow does not speak about who should be considered best looking but it explains what good character looks like. We may not be in a competition but our actions can show what is truly in our hearts. How true is your beauty?
Prayer: Lord, we often get so fixated on our outer beauty that we do not focus on our inner beauty. Help us to work harder on that which You see as important. Amen.
If you were to be observed unawares would people think you are more concerned with your outer beauty or inner beauty?
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This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.