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What's so Bad About Jewelry?

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What's so bad about jewelry?


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When the Seventh-day Adventist Church started more than 100 years ago, Christians from a number of denominations didn't wear jewelry, because they felt it drew too much attention to the person wearing it-sort of like a way to show off. Seventh-day Adventists agreed.

Furthermore, because of their strong belief in Jesus' soon return, Seventh-day Adventists spent most of the little money they had on getting the word out about Christ's second coming. That meant no extra cash for jewelry. They considered jewelry a waste of money compared to sharing Jesus (don't you think they were right?).

Now, let's consider another point. Jewelry is easy to see, and some people make quick judgments that a person wearing jewelry is rebelling or sliding away from their faith. It becomes a disturbing sign to others rather than an object of beauty.

Check out what God says about jewelry. I recommend that you read the allegory (parable) in Ezekiel 16.

In that allegory God's people are represented as an abandoned newborn. But God rescues the baby from certain death and nurtures it. Then God says, "I adorned you with jewelry: I put bracelets on your arms and a necklace around your neck, and I put a ring on your nose, earrings on your ears and a beautiful crown on your head" (verses 11, 12).

Evidently God doesn't have a problem with jewelry! But the turning point comes in verse 15: "But you trusted in your beauty and used your fame to become a prostitute."

Jewelry is one element of outward beauty that led the rescued "newborn" to trust in her beauty instead of in God. How tragic that God's people-rescued, nurtured, and blessed by Him-would turn to others and reject Him!

Let me be clear that the story is not about jewelry. Jewelry was simply one of the ways God showed His love for His people. And it was also one of the ways that God's people trusted in themselves rather than in God.

The deeper issue is whether you place emphasis on the shallow exterior or the deeper interior (see 1 Peter 3:3, 4). Outward beauty is so important in the world's eyes, but it is meaningless to God in comparison to a person's inner beauty-their character.

Where are you more beautiful-in outward appearance or in inner character? Where is your emphasis?

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