Makeups are about making up. We try to cover our deficiencies, mask our fears, insecurities, and pains, and project an appearance of external beauty, strength, and goodness. Thus, we employ the services of cosmetics, sunglasses, and other bodily adornments. We photo-shop our images, pad our resumes, and canvas for overrated recommendations, biographies, and even hagiographic eulogies when we die. But the worst makeup is feigned spirituality—the attempt to conceal our sinfulness by pretending to be good. Makeups are the badge of our contemporary Pharisaism. They are the fig leaves we often wear to hide our soul’s nakedness. Only Christ can make us good from the inside out—if we’re willing (Isaiah 1:6, 18; cf. 64:6; 61:10;1 Peter 3:3, 4). Why try to look good when you can easily be good looking?—Samuel Koranteng-Pipim
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