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This post will be linked to Peter Pollocks One Word Carnival on Tuesday;
The word is Sincere
1 Peter 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
Early in my childhood the Bible stories were told to me, and then each morning before we left for school, a chapter was read from the Bible. Sunday school and children’s church were attended faithfully each week; knowledge was being given.
One summer my brother, sister and
I. attended a daily vacation Bible school at the Baptist church. We had lots of fun singing, hearing Bible stories, and making craft items.
One day the Baptist teacher gave an invitation to receive Jesus into our heart. Several children went with her into the other room - - but not me, for I was judgmental and decided that teacher wasn’t even saved, because she wore lipstick.
I was sincerely wrong, but that is what I believed from teaching given at my church.
This belief was based on the wicked queen Jezebel who painted her face before she would appear before the prophet.
My mother who was my example, powdered her nose, and at times would dab a bit of rouge on her cheeks, but no lipstick. She did doctor her fingernails with clear nail polish, but no color.
As time went by, our pastor’s daughters would not wear lipstick, but they had the prettiest eyes shadowed blue with dark eyeliner under each eye lid and fake eyelashes.
As years went by, we came into knowledge of what is truth and what is fiction.
Our teacher at our Bible school had this saying that an old barn would be improved with a bit of paint. His wife tastefully applied a bit of makeup.
Many have taken a scripture out of context and in all sincerity RAN with it and made doctrines that are confusing at best. One church refused to allow men to wear a red tie, and others insisted for the women to wear long skirts and also to keep their hair long.
Some of the women even took their long hair and rolled it up into a bun which gave them a short hair look. They were being sincere to follow what they had been instructed.
Although these people were sincere, their churches grew smaller in attendance while the non-denominational churches increased in membership as did their laidback dress codes and lifestyles.
I have attended some of these churches and enjoyed the freedom of praise and worship and the happy friendliness of the people. Their sincerity spills over and all are blessed.
To this day, I do not wear lipstick, because my husband says he will refuse to kiss me if I wear lipstick. That is the best reason for me - - not to wear it.
I am very sincere about that!
This post has been linked with Joan Davis at: Sharing His Beauty
Also linked to Tell Me a True Story at: http://letmetelluastory.blogspot.com/