What is the importance of image? I mean I know obviously how important it is. We want to have certain images with friends, colleagues, family members, and with people we don’t even know on social media. Everyone wants to look good to others, and not that this is a bad thing but sometimes the image we think we uphold is not the one that we are truly showing. Sometimes even as Christian we tear down the images of others to make ours seem better.
I saw something on twitter this week that made me cry. It was a picture of a girl who took a picture and posted it on Facebook but what she put on the bottom ached my heart for the sadness and self-disappointment she was probably feeling when she put that up. The post said “I woke up today extra early this morning so I could be nice and pretty for school today and I still got made fun of. Why can’t people let others be happy in their own skin.” Every time I read that I cry because her picture although she was half smiling, and if there was no caption it seemed like a normal selfie, but there is a sadness in her eyes that to me says “you know, here is to trying. Hope it works…” But the thing is why should people have to try? I mean yes I know that dressing up a little extra or taking a bit more time for something like an interview, or to go out with friends, but people should not be waking up “extra early” to dress up a little more or taking a little more time on their looks for everyday life, like school. Not saying that I don’t wake up early to get ready and do my hair and put on make up because I do. But there is a difference between waking up to get ready and feel good and getting up to get ready so other can see you and say you look good.
This makes me so angry because as Christians we are suppose to help lift people up but yet sometimes we walk around tearing people down for things as vain and stupid as looks. Sometimes we walk down the street and laugh at people we don’t even know because the pants they wear or what their hair looks like. We have made bombing people a normal thing for us. We do it while in the car, while walking down the street, in the mall, sitting in school waiting for our next class. And you want to know a secret, these people that we bomb, whether its people we know or strangers on the street, most times they can hear us! I mean it makes my skin crawl that because of a comment that any of us make with our friends or a look we give them, whether with friends or by ourselves, people go home feeling like crap, feeling like they are not good enough. I can not count the times that I have seen friends and regrettably me along with them made fun or made a negative comment about someone based on their looks and for a second catch a glimpse of that person put their head down as if in shame of themselves. That makes me so angry, because what makes any of us better than that one person?
As humans we have this thing that we always have to impress or that we are somehow better than some else. And that’s not true. Everyone is subject to mess up or not fit in somewhere, but we think that when we are doing something right and we are the ones who are “fitting in”, we are part of the “in-group”, we feel the need to openly exclude the people who are not part of “us”. But you see as Christians that is the last thing we should do. Because we know what it is like to have been “out in the cold”, alone, feeling hopeless, and not good enough. The last thing we should be doing is making someone feel that more than they probably already do.
Just because we open our eyes to see God and gave ourselves to Him does not mean that we are better than anyone else. It means we are changed and are trying everyday to become better people than the people we were yesterday. But we are never better than another human being. The bibles says
If anyone thinks that they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves Galatians 6:3
We need to stop thinking that we are better than people and making fun of them because like there is that quote that says
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle
Its true! And your words could be the difference between giving them hope or completely breaking them. We should be building people up and helping them through
Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ Galatians 6:2
not making them feel less than who are really made to be.