I read this article only this week, a camel beauty pageant in Saudi Arabia was hit by controversy when twelve beasts were disqualified because their handlers used Botox to make them more ‘handsome’.
The camels, each one representing a particular tribe, were rated by judges on the size of their lips, cheeks, head and knees. However, some lips were deemed to be too full leading to those contestants being turned away.
I was fascinated by the steps some people would take to make their camels stand out. As usual my imagination was running riot as I reflected on whether cosmetic intervention was going to make any difference to the ugly ( sorry camel lovers ) face of a camel. And yet in the human world we see it happening all the time as people try to mask and cover up their lines and the wrinkles to make them stand out and look more acceptable and more successful.
Trying to look flawless for the pageant is one thing but you don’t need Botox to look perfect to the judge of all people. God has made it possible for us to stand before him, and be acceptable, and win the prize.
Paul wrote these words to the Colossian church in chapter 1: ‘Christ’s death has made you holy in God’s sight. So now you don’t have any flaw. You are free from blame. 23 But you must keep your faith steady and firm. You must not move away from the hope the good news holds out to you. This is the good news that you heard.’ New International reader’s version
As we approach Easter we will again be considering what it cost Jesus to make that happen. Believe me the thorns and the nails would have hurt a lot more than a botox needle!
Grace and peace
Rev Geoff Boland