"My skin is too dark," one woman moans. Another whines, "I’m so pale." A man complains, "I’m too tall for this seat!" Another whispers, "I wish I was just a bit taller."
Daily in our culture, men, women, and children are bombarded with messages that we’re too fat, too thin, too tall, too short, too dark, too light. In order to sell us products to fix whatever is "wrong" with us, advertisers have capitalized off the oldest trick in the book: they’ve imitated the hiss of the enemy in the Garden of Eden!
In Genesis 3, the serpent suggests to Eve that things could be a little better for her if she just ate the fruit of the tree. Doubting the word of God, Eve took the bait. Eyes opened, Adam and Eve experienced shame for the first time. Shame is that voice that hisses that there’s something wrong with us, that we’re not quite acceptable the way we are. Our legs are shaped wrong, our teeth are too yellow, our hair is too gray, and our skin is too loose.
God’s Word liberates us from this kind of shame, lies, and deception. Over and over in Genesis 1, God announces that His creation is good (vv. 10, 12, 18, 21, 25, 31). It wasn’t a qualified good—that creation was only good on sunny days or when the land was particularly fruitful. It wasn’t just good when men’s muscles were firm and women’s skin was flawless. No, God looked over all that He had made and without reservation or qualification called it good.
To cling to the truth that God’s creation—children and women and men—have been created good, by God, is entirely countercultural today. This is truth worth holding on to tightly!