Weekend Rewind: How Miss America Can Encourage The Church Community

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The winner was Indian-American — Nina Davuluri, from New York.  The runner up was Asian-American, Crystal Lee from California. Miss Florida donned a knee brace after tearing two ligaments during rehearsal.  And then there was Miss Kansas.  Theresa Vail, a U.S. Army M16 marksman and double-major coed at Kansas State University, boldly displayed her tattoos underneath her bikini bathing suit.

Not surprisingly, there were some who want to dismiss or disqualify Miss Vail from the pageants because of her ink.  Donald Trump thinks tattoos are gross.  And he would not want anyone in his family, friend circles, or contestants on his Miss Universe Pageant to have ink proudly displayed on their bodies.

Get past the shallow logic of the question and answer period, the immodest bathing suits, and the emphasis on external looks.  Instead, think about what this contest communicates in its simplicity:

Black, White, Asian, disabled or able bodied, tattooed skin or not, all can be beautiful.  

Question: Isn’t this what Jesus Christ does to His church?

Paul says it like this in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” In other words, when come into relationship with Christ, He makes us new creatures.  He makes us into beautiful things, because of His righteousness and glory.

I like how the worship band Gungor communicates this message in their lyrics to the song “Beautiful Things.”

You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of the dust
You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of us

For the record (and for anyone who knows me) I fear bathing suits and beaches and bare skinned people who walk around amidst people who are more modestly clothed.  I am skeptical of models and beauty-pageant contestants and the like.  However, when I read the results of the 2013/2014 Miss America Contest, I couldn’t help but think of the Church and this song:

About Doug Hankins

Although not a Christian in his youth, Doug came to believe in Jesus during his teenage years. When not playing sports or pastoring Doug is probably spending time with his wife, reading a good book, or drinking some hot tea. Doug's first book Dawson Trotman: In His Own Words is available wherever books are sold. You can follow Doug on twitter.
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