I apologize for not posting yesterday, friends. Thank you for your grace.
Today, I am just going to share a smattering of the things on my mind:
I am glad Jennifer Lawrence spoke out. And while I completely agree that her photo hacking case is a sex crime, not a scandal, it disturbs me greatly to see such a vibrant young woman bound by a false view of her self-worth. It grieves me that Lawrence felt compelled to take nude images of herself to try and keep a relationship going, because “either your boyfriend is going to look at porn or he’s going to look at you.”
And Jennifer Lawrence isn’t alone. One in four teenagers are now involved in ‘sexting’. My concern is that girls and women are simply accepting being sexualized, rather than fighting back.
As Christians, we believe that men and women are equal in worth, yet so often, we don’t act like we do. We want girls to fit in boxes of pink, laces, and dresses, and we are convinced that if we think otherwise we are man-haters. That is why I believe Emma Watson’s speech before the U.N. was so beautiful and needed. Was her speech perfect? No. But it is a step in the right direction.
One of the biggest places where I am seeing a change (in myself and in Christianity at large), is in education. We need to begin asking questions, thinking for ourselves, turning to the Scriptures, rather than just accepting the position of the moment. We need to more fully understand our purpose and the Gospel.
And after all that thinking, take a few moments to enjoy the little things, like these adorable photos that will bring a smile to your face.