Gospel, Not Glamour – at SheLoves
November 19, 2014
I’m delighted to join the community of SheLoves again this month featuring a piece titled, “Gospel, Not Glamour.”
Theologian Cecilia Gonzalez-Andrieu, author of “Bridge to Wonder: Art as a Gospel of Beauty”, says this: “The opposite of beauty is not ugliness, it’s glamour.” The real affront to beauty is that which disguises as beauty, but is in fact, shallow and short-lived attention. Glamour induces bursts of glory but fizzles out quickly. Beauty grows slowly but leaves lasting impact.
Yet how often are we, the Church, enamored more with glamour than beauty? We are entranced by the glamour of a big building and fancy equipment, the glamour of celebrity pastors, the glamour of a dazzling website, the glamour of media attention, and the glamour of beautiful, fashionable, fit people. We have mistaken beauty for glamour when we try to hide all who are messy and only showcase the put-together.
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