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CoverGirl: Ditching Tradition and Embracing the CoverBoy

By: Bethany Baird

I was absolutely shocked when I saw the words CoverGirl with a dude’s face on the picture. What is this? I wondered. I clicked on the link and my fears were confirmed.

For the first time in history CoverGirl has proudly named the first ever male as the new face of CoverGirl.

CoverGirl is no longer a gender specific makeup company, but a company that essentially says, “Boy? Girl? We don’t care what gender your are. Let’s blur the lines, blend up this gender thing and make up our own rules. Gender is a personal choice (because there is no God) and we are proud to give you a male CoverGirl.

This makeup company was my go-to in high school. I’ll never forget the little black compact case with the all-in-one foundation mix. I loved that stuff! In fact, their LashBlast Volume Mascara is still one of my all time favorites! I’m actually wearing it right now.

Sadly, from this day forward I will never view this company the same.

They have proudly and publicly transitioned from CoverGirl to CoverGenderNuetral. This “CoverBoy” move is the first step down a long flight of steep stairs.

After seeing the picture of the makeup covered boy, I decided to do a bit more research.

I quickly realized that there is a “men in makeup” campaign that is pushing hardcore for a gender neutral movement. This is just another voice in the culture saying “gender is a personal choice and each individual can be whoever he or she wants to be.”

When the new CoverGirl male was asked about his experience as the CoverGirl, he said this:

“Men in makeup is becoming more widely accepted. But it’s going to take so much more open-mindedness to have it be a common thing.”

He continues:

“The place we’re in is phenomenal compared to where we were a few years ago. We’ve made so many amazing progressions with gay rights, gender inclusivity and self-expression. But I think we still have so, so much longer to go.”

This is the world we are living in. A world that says, “we still have so, so much longer to go” in neutralizing gender.

As much as this makes me cringe, it really just makes me super super sad.

This CoverBoy (along with the rest of us) are truly just a lost, confused, hopeless people in desperate search of lasting satisfaction. Deep in each of our hearts is a desire to have purpose, worth and fulfillment.

Instead of getting upset, mad, or angry at this new campaign, I honestly just feel sad. Sad over the reality that no amount of liberation or progressiveness will bring true freedom. True freedom and lasting hope can only be found in the saving work of Christ.

The fact of the matter is that God is the Creator. He is our Maker. He designed us, therefore He defines us. Who are we to say what will bring us fulfillment? Who are we to say what will set us free?

Who are we to make up the rules? Who are we to redefine gender?

We are not our own god (even though we’d like to think so).

The Bible makes it very clear in Psalm 86:10, “For you are great and do wondrous things; you alone are God.”

You are God alone.

Instead of looking to our feelings and emotions, we need to turn to God. We need to humble ourselves before the Creator and confess that we are just mere humans. We are not God. We do not know what is best. God knows.

God has clearly defined and laid out his plan for gender in the first few chapters of Genesis. He created two distinct genders on purpose and for a purpose. Instead of trying to redefine gender and redefine our purpose as humans, we need to get back to God’s Word.

We need to get back to God’s design for our lives.

We as christians need to be firmly grounded in the Word of God and make sure that His Word is our source for truth.

Don’t get swept away by the ever pervasive messages of our culture.

Don’t get lured into thinking that we can make up our own rules for gender.

Don’t buy into the lie that living according to our own rules will give us satisfaction.

Stand strong on the solid Word of God and believe that His ways truly are best.

In closing I want to remind of a sure and imminent reality. There really is coming a day when every knee will bow down to the Lord Jesus.

“Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place, and gave Him the name above all names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth” (Philippians 2:9-10).

Truth will be revealed and Christ will take his rightful place on the throne one day. There is hope because Christ will return and will be our perfect King and loving ruling Savior.

Until that day, we need to be faithful.

Faithful to study the Word. Faithful to proclaim truth. Faithful to stand up for truth. Faithful to show Christ’s love to those around us. Faithful to love people enough to share the gospel with them. Faithful to be a light in the midst of a dark generation.

A challenge…

Stop and think for a moment. Is there someone in your life that doesn’t understand what Jesus did for them on the cross? I challenge you to begin praying for this person and looking for opportunities to share that amazing message of hope with them.

Remember, true freedom can only be found through a personal relationship with Jesus.

Let’s chat.

  • In what ways have you seen the gender neutral movement being pushed?
  • Does your personal worldview about gender come from the culture, or from God’s Word?

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  • Cait

    Thus is such a sad story, but so relevant and true.
    My gender ideals come from the Word of God and that alone. No mere human can tell me who I’m supposed to be. They didn’t make me. We need to listen to our Designer.

  • Monty

    This article reminded me of something my Pastor once said to me. We were talking about sin in our lives and he very lovingly said you may not see sin overtly in your life Monty but look in the mirror. You paint your face with make-up and adorn your self with expensive clothing and jewelry … is that not sin according to God’s Word? I have thought about that often and so while I don’t condone men wearing make-up, why would we think it is okay for women to either? Because our culture says it is? Are we concerned about the influences of our culture on living Godly lives? Something to think about as women of God.

    • Liza

      What verses in the Bible would you be referring to? Considering that I don’t know what verse that you are referencing, it’s is a little difficult to respond, but I just want to give my 2 cents. First of all, I think that when the old testament spoke negatively about makeup, that was because it was a different time in which makeup was associated with prostitutes. Today, in our culture, makeup is associated with being feminine. Sometimes it’s hard to say what still applies from the Bible, and what we don’t have to follow any more because it’s a different time with different cutural norms. It can be so easy to dismiss important parts of God’s word as no longer being relevant, so you have to be careful. Second of all, in the new testament, when talks about adorning yourself with jewels and pearls, I believe the context was that of not flaunting and showing off your beauty and wealth. Today, it’s relatively easy and cheap to wear jewelry and makeup and other stuff like that (you don’t have to get the most expensive). I think those verses were about not making other women feel less-than and jealous; but today in our culture wearing that stuff is normal and doesn’t put others down, because they have the same acess to that stuff as we do. That said, I dont think that girls need to wear alot. I think that it’s nice to wear a small amount that accentuates your natural beauty, rather than caking on globs if it. If that’s someone’s choice, that’s fine, and I have no problem with it. But I know that almost any girl (even ones considered by the culture to be very homely) can look gorgeously stunning (by our cultures standards) with a ton of makeup. My point is any girl can look like a model with a ton of makeup, and I don’t feel it necessary to put on a ton of makeup to prove my point. I prefer a more natural look. Anyway, do what you believe in your heart, but I just wanted to show you a different side.

      • Cilia

        Well said! I agree with you!

      • Monty

        Hi Liza – Please don’t misinterpret anything I said. I am not dismissing any of God’s Word as irrelevant or inapplicable to my life today. The Word is, and was, and always will be. Its cultural norms I am questioning … not scripture. There is a lot of stuff in our culture today (including make-up) that people would call “normal” or “mainstream”. That doesn’t mean it honors God. True beauty lies within. My Pastor actually opened my eyes to ways in which we all sin and fall short of the glory of God and for that I am truly grateful. Hope that clears up what I meant in my post. Blessings Monty

  • Deyse Karoline

    I am Brazilian and I recently discovered the blog and I’m loving. God bless you!

  • Hannah

    This really is sad just like you said. But this is what happens when people reject God. May He have mercy on their souls. Let us, as Christians, stand strong in our faith!

  • Lena Hofmaier

    I have a complete different opinion on this topic. I think, the thinks that define a male have nothing to do with makeup or clothes. My boyfriend for example had really bad Akne and discoloration in his skin coming from his teenage years. He would love to cover it because he really hates these marks and people stare at it, but he doesn´t cover them with makeup because he is scared that people will he “less a man” in him. This is just ridicilous in my opinion. Let people use makeup if they want. It doesn´t hurt anyone, really.

  • Mulan1

    I have a complete different opinion on this topic. I think, the thinks that define a male have nothing to do with makeup or clothes. My boyfriend for example had really bad Akne and discoloration in his skin coming from his teenage years. He would love to cover it because he really hates these marks and people stare at it, but he doesn´t cover them with makeup because he is scared that people will he “less a man” in him. This is just ridicilous in my opinion. Let people use makeup if they want. It doesn´t hurt anyone, really.

    • Sofia

      I agree with you. Make up is literally just face paint, we as a society have made it a gender thing. In the 20s wearing make up was seen as promiscuous but now most people where at least one thing of make up daily. If we kept the same frame of mind as in the 20s then we most of us would be painted with a scarlet letter. The outer appearance has nothing to do with what is inside, what a person believes. Just because a boy decides to wear make up doesn’t mean he doesn’t believe in God or rejects Him. Galatians 3:28 “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

      • Mulan1

        I totally agree 🙂 Well said! 🙂

        Love the bible verse you quoted <3

      • Elisabeth

        I am afraid it does it means he’s STRANGE.Just like if a girl is caked in makeup, and dressed imodestly it means she’s a very wicked woman .

        • Cassie Kellogg

          I hope you’re enjoying 1872.

          • Elisabeth

            Thank you.I highly appreciate a women who knows her place in God’s society.

        • Sofia

          Here’s the thing, if YOU think it’s strange then that’s YOUR opinion, which is valid. But that shouldn’t mean that you treat them any less than you would any other human being. Just because you disagree with someone doesn’t mean you shouldn’t treat them with the same respect you would anyone else. They’re not doing anything morally wrong, they’re just wearing make up.

          • Elisabeth

            You are right.But if you look at the Bible I’m sure it doesn’t say that.

          • Jen

            Actually, I don’t think it mentions makeup in the Bible at all.

        • Jen

          Strange, or unusual, you mean? What exactly do you mean by strange? I think that you may need to think on this more closely.

    • Elisabeth

      To be honest I only have my own ideas, but to be male and female the line is clearly drawn, even up to 60 years ago basically if it was, guys, pants , short hair ,working most of the jobs , getting married and being the father and husband of the household.Girls,dresses ,skirts, long hair or much longer, make up, staying home with the house takeing care of her kids and husband .I might be wrong but with godly living that is how I have been raised.After all God did curse the ground for Adam’s same and Give Eve the kids and the want to serve him with him ruling over her.

    • Elisabeth

      I really believe girls should be seen and not heard, but I will say that makeup and guys is STRANGE!!And I don’t think it honors God.Not does girls wearing too much when it makes them look like a hussy .A little dab will do ya because God made girls beautiful all ready.

      • Allison the Great

        I really believe girls should be seen and not heard

        Wait, what?!? You yourself are female. Yes, you should be heard, you should have the right to a voice. Why on Earth would you think that you don’t, and how does silencing half of the human race benefit anyone? It doesn’t. You’re making yourself “heard” by commenting on this blog and expressing your opinion.

        • Elisabeth

          I’m sorry but you are confused.I merely ment to say I usually only tent to the feminine parts of live and let others tend to such a ridiculous mess as our culture.But decided to express my option when many people were awfully confused.

    • Hannah

      I agree with both you and Sofia who commented below that makeup itself does not define what gender we are. It’s literally, like Sofia said, face paint, and men will wear makeup for theater or whatever and it doesn’t detract from their masculinity. I think though (and this is more how I understood Bethany), that this issue is more than just a problem with men wearing makeup. In our culture, wearing makeup is associated with femininity, and it’s the fact that these “men in makeup” are wearing makeup to try to be more feminine that’s the problem. They aren’t doing it to cover up acne; they’re doing to make a statement and that statement is that there’s no difference between men and women. I hope you can understand me here and know that I’m not trying to be disagreeable, just expressing how I understood the article 🙂 God bless you!

      • Sofia

        Right, but we as a society are the ones who put the female and male connotations to make up. Historically make up was used by both genders, women not wearing make up doesn’t make them any less feminine. You definitely don’t sound disagreeable, I think topics like these are so incredibly important to talk about as Christian women because it can be kind of difficult.

        • Hannah

          Exactly, society is what creates cultural “norms” and usually when certain individuals step outside those norms, it’s because they’re trying to make a statement. Sometimes that’s okay and even beneficial because they’re making a statement that’s aligned with God’s standards and challenging something that is wrong. In this case though, men wearing makeup to appear more feminine is not what God wants His people to do. He has created us distinctly male and female (Genesis 1:27) and we are both physically and psychologically different from each other. It’s not makeup that’s the problem, it’s society’s view that gender is interchangeable and representing that by encouraging men to wear makeup that makes them appear more feminine.
          I agree, these topics are so important to talk about, and I love that we can have an honest discussion here without getting offended at each other! I really enjoy hearing and discussing other people’s opinions with them 🙂

        • Jen

          Definitely agree with you, Sofie! Makeup in this sense is a cultural construct!

      • Lizzy

        I had similar thoughts as Mulan1, Hannah, but your comment really helped me to understand why the whole “CoverBoy” thing is wrong. Thank you very much.

  • Clarissa

    I strongly believe that if certain companies overtly come out and support ideas that run contrary to God’s Word, it gives me very good reason to boycott them. Why do I want my money going to a company who promotes sin? Covergirl here is a very obvious example, not to mention other companies. Would you and anyone else reading this consider joining me in putting our money in the same place as our convictions?

    • Grace

      I am right there with you Clarissa. Plus–we could make it even easier since I don’t where any makeup at all. 🙂

      • Elisabeth

        Really, I don’t wear much my self, because I don’t believe in being a hussy or looking like a salon girl, but I also think that Guys wearing make up is just STRANGE.The guys in bible days didn’t wear any.

      • Elisabeth

        Me too, I just wear a little because God made me beautiful as I am.

      • Christina

        Same 🙂

    • Joy

      Agreed!

  • Joy

    When we hear makeup we think mascara, lipstick, eyeshadow etc., all things to enhance feminine features, however a male can wear makeup, such as concealer or powder, and not enhance femininity at all. This idea of men wearing makeup is certainly not new, especially in the film and entertainment industry, however,…the issue at hand is not merely one of a guy using concealer to cover up acne,.. Covergirl is pushing an agenda of “gender neutrality” which is just another gateway for the homosexual lifestyle. God did in fact draw a distinct line in gender, and the agenda that is being pushed seeks to blur those lines, and therefore deny that there is a specific design set forth by God for men and women, and ultimately, to even deny that there is a God at all. Honestly, when I first saw the ad for the new “cover boy” I thought it was a joke,… even a woman wouldn’t wear makeup that looks like that! ..but I was very saddened to find out that it was true. I am grateful for this blog because it reminds us that there is in fact a Beautiful design for Godly womanhood, and it is something to be celebrated, and that there is also a Wonderful design for Godly manhood,… God has called men to be strong and courageous leaders that will uphold the Word of God,…men who will protect and provide for their families, men that will “seek justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God.” These are the kind of men we need… not a watered down feminized version of what God originally intended.

    • anonymous

      Yes, I agree. There’s a difference between men wearing light makeup to cover acne or to be on TV and men wearing makeup that gives them a feminine appearance. The lines keep getting blurred, and soon people will want having no gender, being both genders, or being some “other” gender, or even consensual polygamy or other relationships to be recognized by the general public. Unless your foundation is unchanging (God’s Word), this will continue to happen.

      • Jen

        Pretty sure that makeup wasn’t mentioned in the bible.

        • Rachel M.

          Actually it is! Read my comment above to @cassie_kellogg:disqus.

    • Cassie Kellogg

      Oh god I’m so sorry for you

      • Cilia

        And I am sorry for you, Cassie!!!

  • Cassie Kellogg

    Makeup in no way defines gender. A boy who wears makeup is just as “gender bending” as a woman who decides she doesn’t prefer to wear makeup: aka not at all. Makeup was created by our society and is an artistic outlet for many people, their gender is totally irrelevant. At some point, you just have be able to understand that a boy or man wearing makeup is not a cry for help or a sign that they are dead inside or something. They are doing something that brings a simple joy to their lives.

    • Sofia

      Preach sister!

    • Princess J

      I understand what

      • Princess J

        I understand what you are trying to say, but there is an issue with men and boys wearing makeup. Makeup is something that has long been culturally defined as female. Women wear makeup, not men. Makeup enhances female facial features, making enhancing their beauty. Men are not beautiful, but handsome. The Bible says that a man is not to dress like a woman and vice versa. Men, however, will wear foundation and concealer, but not as a way to enhance features, but rather to cover blemishes. When I say makeup i mean lipstick, eyeshadow, eyeliner, etc. Covergirl is pushing a gender-neutral agenda, which is blatantly rejecting the genders God has set up; male and female.

    • Val

      I don’t think that the problem is a guy wearing makeup, the problem is what stays behind it. Men have wore makeup for ages now, in theater and movies, either to look like a character or to look good on camera, but now what some media want to do is to blur the lines between women and men, say that in the end being man or woman is the same, and I don’t agree with that 🙂

      • Cassie Kellogg

        I think it’s tricky because men have worn makeup on their own in a culturally traditional feminine way for decades, the only difference is that by and large we as a society are becoming less judgmental of how other people live their lives ( when of course it does absolutely no harm to anyone, which is the case with this issue). So the media isn’t necessarily trying to make men be more feminine, they are just showing men who already partake in “feminine” things and are actually showing that. It’s not about saying men and women are the same, but it is about saying that men and women may have the same interests and that is okay.

      • Rachel M.

        I will have to disagree with you on that one. The Bible specifically says, “The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the Lord thy God.” (Deuteronomy 22:5)

        In Biblical times, “garment” referred to anything put on the body. That could include jewelry, forms of makeup, hair pieces, etc. So, it is an abomination for a man to put on a women’s garment. So to transfer it to the topic we are on, men are not to wear makeup as that is a women’s “garment.”

        Hope this helps! God Bless!!

        • Val

          I always believed that the verse you quoted speaks against travestitism and against deliberately blurring the lines between masculine and feminine.
          I don’t believe that every use of makeup by a man does so: in some cultures man used to paint their faces before going to battle, in others men would paint their faces brown or green to better hide from enemies and today men use makeup to look like a character in a movie.
          If a man needs to look like an alien in a movie, he will sure wear makeup in order to achieve that look; also a lot of actors wear makeup because camera makes people look very pale and they wear foundation in order to look “natural”. I don’t believe that all this is sinful, I believe however that when a makeup brand chooses a man to advertise their products there is something wrong, the message they are sending is not a good one and their intentions are not good either

          • Rachel M.

            I definitely agree on that one. I must have misunderstood your comment. Sorry!

  • Christina

    Today I found out on of my guy friends was gay 🙁 …I didn’t expect it at all!!! Then I began to question wither it was truly wrong. I bothered me for a while; then in my chemistry class later today one girl was talking about her girlfriend and the substitute teacher joined in and talked about how brave she was and how much she looked up to her, I was completely confused and unsure about what was true, then I read this and it helped me lots. 🙂 Thankyou 🙂

    • Kate Medaris

      Think about your friend, who I’m sure is someone you respect. Like you said, you “had no idea”. Christianity has given you a stereotypical image of what they want you to view a gay person as. It wants you to think that they are rebelling against a higher power, or trying to idolise themself. You discovered for yourself that that image is wrong. A homosexual person simply is attracted to someone of the same gender, in the same way that you are attracted to someone of the opposite gender. Think about this using reasoning, and the capabilities of your own thoughts. Besides your personal faith, other people’s expression of sexuality is not relevant to your respect for them, as long as they do not hurt anyone.

      • Wasindi

        Well, first of all, sin IS rebelling against God and idolising yourself, any kind of sin, including homosexuality.
        Second, being attracted to someone from your same gender, it´s not biologically natural, if you want to see it from a scientific perspective, because God didn´t created us that way, God created an order,
        Third, yes, you are right, people´s thoughts or beliefs shouldnt determine how we treat them. In fact, the bible encourages and not only encourages, orders, to show love and the “golden rule”: treat others the way you wanna be treated”. So respect, love and kindness are actually Christian principles and commandments.
        🙂

        • Kate Medaris

          Respect, love, and kindness are excellent principles. The best part of the bible I should think. But think: why would God say homosexuality is bad? It hurts no one, it has not been proven to do anything harmful. How could it possibly be immoral or a sin? This is what happens when ancient books are placed above simple reasoning. And you can hardly say it isn’t natural, because, well, it occurs naturally. A percentage of people are born with different hormone levels, which causes them to be attracted to the same gender instead of (or sometimes as well as) the opposite. People used to believe it was a psychological thing, and that people could be reconditioned into changing their preference. However, we now know that not to be true.

          • Wasindi

            When God created men, he made a man and a woman, with a purpose: “So God created mankind in his own image,
            in the image of God he created them;
            male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27.
            If this is natural, then why cant 2 men or 2 women conceive?
            We are born in sin: “Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.” Psalm 51:5
            The bible clearly says that God abominates homosexuality: “For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; 27 and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, ymen committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.” Romans 1:26-27
            “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” 1 Corinthians 6:9-11
            “The sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine” 1 Timothy 1:10
            This are a few bible verses I remembered regarding this theme, I plead with you to read Romans 1 and dig in!

    • Katie Holt

      God tells us in his word that to be gay is wrong I’m so glad that you see that, God wants hearts turned toward him he hates the sin(being gay or anything else that misses the mark of perfection in his eyes) not the sinner( the person who there is forgiveness and repentance for).

      • Kate Medaris

        Careful saying that a god told you something. In a book compiled over hundreds if not thousands of years, could the will of an all powerful being truly be trusted in the hands of humans? And would the will of this god truly be so flatly unsupported by continued discoveries into how humans really work? Remember, not too long ago the same biblical arguments against gay rights were used against interracial marriage. Now, that has become an accepted part of society. Freedoms change. Understanding changes. People change. As they should. God put us here on this blue planet and with only faith and indirect guidance we have drastically increased our numbers and improved our style of living. We are not falling towards any spiritual doom, but we are all learning how to interact and still be kind and respectful and good to each other on our quickly filling, changing, globe.

        • Wasindi

          Hi Kate, again…
          I see that you are a bit confused about the bible. Although the bible was written in a period of 1,500 years and with more than 40 authors from different countries, different languages and different times, the bible is a complete coherent, consistent and organized book. You wont find any inconsistency in the bible, please, correct me if I´m wrong. Do you imagine writing a story with 2 people from different countries, without internet or comunication, because you dont even know each other, do you think the story will be coherent?
          Tell me something that´s not in the bible on how we humans work, or how we can avoid bad situations or things predicted in the bible…
          One thing is what the bible says, and how it can be interpreted regarding the interracial marriage.Which there´s no verse in the bible that goes against it.

          • Kate Medaris

            Before I begin, I’d just like to say that I have no problem at all with belief if a god. Faith can be a wonderful thing, which I’ve experienced firsthand. But the bible is not as perfect as you make it out to be. For instance… The bible details humans living past 900 years old, a wooden ship of rather improbable dimensions (basically, all you need to know is that it’s been confirmed that wooden ships that size don’t work), a talking snake, a seven headed dragon, it labels a bat as a bird, calls the moon a light source, claims that wearing two kinds of fabrics is an abomination, calls shaving an abomination, says that picking up sticks on the sabbath should be punishable by death, and says that women should be kept silent because they have nothing useful to teach men. That is to name a few. As for interracial marriage, whilst no verse unambiguously addresses it, the fact is that throughout the past century, court decisions on the matter were influenced by the religious principles of Christians who stood opposed to it, just like they oppose gay rights today. That issue has passed, and this one should too. There is simply no good reason why we should ever alienate or look down on gay people as a whole.

          • Hannah

            Hey Kate,
            I just wanted to address some of the seeming problems with
            the Bible that you pointed out. Genesis does indeed record humans living up to 969 years old. It seems impossible for us now, but remember that that was before the Flood, which changed the earth dramatically (and no one except Noah and his sons lived more than 500 years after the Flood, with the ages drastically decreasing as time went on). It was also very shortly after the Creation and Fall. The human genes had not deteriorated to the point that they are now.
            Actually, it has been proven that wooden ships the size of the ark are logistical. A group of scientists did a study on it and concluded that it was not only feasible, but that the ark could also have withstood 90
            foot waves, and was 13 times more stable than the limit required by the American Bureau of Shipping!
            The talking snake was Satan in the body of a snake. It was not the snake itself talking.
            The seven headed dragon you refer to is actually a vision and a prophecy of future times. It didn’t actually exist and many Bible scholars believe it represents a world order that is still yet to come.
            The Hebrew word that is translated bird in Leviticus 11:13,19 literally just means a winged creature. Bats obviously have wings and thus were included in that category. Many flying insects were also addressed with that word.
            About the moon, does the Bible actually say it is a light source? I can only think of Genesis 1 where God calls it the “lesser light to rule the night.” From the vantage point of the earth, it is a light. However as we now know, it’s not a light-producer.
            The different fabrics, not shaving, and picking up sticks on the Sabbath are all from the Old Covenant (The law of the Old Testament). We are not under the Old Covenant any longer. When Jesus died, He fulfilled all
            that the Law required and because of Him we are not bound to the rules found in the Law of Moses. Romans 7:6 says this: “But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by, so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter.”
            When Paul said that women should keep silent in church, he did not say it is because they have nothing useful to teach men. His reason (found in 1 Timothy 2:8-15) is because God has designated men to be the leaders
            both in church and in families. God created Adam first and then created Eve to be his helper and companion.
            Also about biracial marriages, please don’t go by what Christians have said and stood for in the past. Go by what God says. I know that we, as Christians, are supposed to reflect Him, but too often Christians get pulled in by the influence of those around them and support things that God does not.
            And yes, I agree that gay people should not be alienated or snubbed! While I don’t agree with what they do, I believe that God has called me to love them as I love myself (Matthew 22:39).

          • Kate Medaris

            Arguing for 900 year old humans within the context of the bible is one thing, but the fact remains that we have no historical evidence that humans ever lived to that age. If anything, lifespans should get longer over time, because people live safer lives with newer medical capabilities. The largest wooden vessel ever constructed (not counting the Ark), the Wyoming, sank in 1924 because a wooden ship that length twisted easily. It was built by master shipwrights and used water pumps to stay afloat, and still sank. The Ark is said to have been built by a handful of early humans, and the biblical dimensions put it significantly larger than the Wyoming was. Put simply, it would not have stayed afloat. Also, the water is said to have covered all the land on earth. At the summit of Mount Everest, you literally cannot breath because the air is too thin. If the Ark was that high up, no one on board could have survived the thin air.

            But these are matters of scientific accuracy, and I would much rather discuss the philosophy. As per 1 Timothy 2:12, “I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet.” (New International Version). This clearly states that women are not to teach men, and are to be kept quiet, like property. Put simply, this is immoral, and not too different from Middle Eastern countries where women are subjected terribly, because the holy book followed there says similar things. And further, by excusing Old Testament laws because of them being overridden by the New Testament, you acknowledge that Godly values have changed because of the context of the time. This is the kind of change that needs to happen regarding LGBT discrimination from Christianity, gender roles, and stereotypes. And it is the kind of change that requires kindness in all of us, not the voice of any prophet.

          • Hannah

            In response to your comment about the ark flexing and springing leaks, it is believed that ancient shipbuilders used a method of double layer planks held together with pegs for the hulls of ships. The planks would swell when wet and be water tight. The ark was also covered inside and out with pitch. Interestingly, during the Ming Dynasty in China, there is record of “treasure ships” built completely out of wood and reported to be at least as long as the ark and twice as wide.
            Also, Mt. Everest was likely not as high during the flood as it is now. The incredible force of the water and the movement of the earth’s plates during the flood is believed to have caused the mountain ranges we see today. Even if it that theory isn’t true, there still would have been no problem breathing. Air pressure is determined by the weight of the air above the point of measurement. If there was water covering the entire earth, the air would have been pushed out and then sat above the water resulting in virtually the same pressure as sea level.
            While we are no longer held to the Law of Moses, the Law is not the only place we find homosexuality being called a sin. In the New Testament it is mentioned three times: Romans 1:26 says it is vile; 1Corinthians 6:9, 10 says those who practice it will not enter the kingdom of heaven; and 1Timothy 1:9, 10 says that it is contrary to sound doctrine. God’s view on homosexuality has not changed between the Law and the New Covenant.
            Yes, women are not to teach men, but Paul does not teach that they are like property. He actually teaches the opposite. In Ephesians 5, he explains that God’s reason behind women submitting to their husbands is a representation of Christ and the church (note, they are not commanded to submit to all men, just their husbands “Wives submit to your own husbands” Ephesians 5:22) As such, husbands are commanded to love their wives as Christ loved the church. “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her” (Ephesians 5:25). If husbands truly love their wife the way Christ loved the church, they will be willing to put her needs above theirs, sacrifice their desires for hers, and ultimately be willing to die for her. Paul repeats this idea twice more in this passage adding that husbands are to love their wife as they love themselves (Ephesians 5: 28, 33). There is nothing in loving someone as you love yourself that alludes to slavery or mere property.

          • Wasindi

            Exactly!! Praise!!

          • Chrisina

            Amen! 🙂

        • Katie Holt

          God’s word is firm it does not change, what you see as improbable and impossible is you living in your human thinking which will only get you so far. The God that all of us who have responded to you believe in is the God who has proven to us that he is REAL. I will pray for you, remember that God hates the sin not the sinner. We have all lived this as a result of this fallen world: Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do. James 1:8

  • Kate Medaris

    It is deeply troubling how black and white this article paints this issue as. Stop and listen to what is being said here. To promote open-mindedness is to become your own God? To be socially progressive is to claim there is no God? These allocations made simply are not true. And gender is not as rigid as you wish it was. Acknowledging that is not rebellion against a creator, it is progress. You have a tendency to label anyone who disagrees with the ancient social principles you abide by as being their own God, when such a judgment is not appropriate and not correct. There are other religions with faith as deep as yours directed at them. And if someone does not believe in a god, that isn’t because of a desire for control. It is because there isn’t any sign of a god compelling them to believe.

    • Katie Holt

      God made the issues black and white in his word, this progress label that you and every one else wants to label everything is worldly NOT biblical. God is the #1 for progress but not progress in ways that slap him in the face, we were created by Him for Him NOT by Him for this world and the things of it. As for the thought process that says that says “And if someone does not believe in a god, that isn’t because of a desire for control. It is because there isn’t any sign of a god compelling them to believe.” That is the ultimate act of control because the first thing God gives us is faith to Believe. Your comment shows why God said “Forgive, them father for they know not what they do.” We (me included) do things that break God’s heart, if only we really knew fully the impact of what we were choosing to do to our father.

      • Kate Medaris

        In your faith, God made this planet and put us here knowing that we have potential to do great evil, and also great good that will make him proud. Time and time again, He has proved that it isn’t the end, that we aren’t being punished. All the historical wars and massacres were human created, and the natural disasters didn’t end all of us. Clearly He we haven’t been punished by His might and, although humans are constantly concerned that we are all falling to the doom of civilization, we never have. Because of faith, ingenuity, and all other forces of good.

        • Wasindi

          Hi Kate!
          I would like to remind you that when God put men in Eden, there was no sin, nevertheless, God is sovereign and He obviously knew that we were going to fall, however, this doesnt justify Adam and Eve´s deseobedient actions. You have to see God´s sovereignty and Human responsability with the same glasses. Historical wars and massacres, natural disasters, and so on are both God´s sovereignty and human responsability.
          I would like to clarify you what GirlDefined points with open-mindedness and social progression, it´s not that we have to be narrow-minded, but open-mindedness, according to today´s society (world) is accepting new ideas that 100% of the time support sin. Social progression according to the world is a synonym for freedom, but what this freedom requieres goes way deeper.
          True freedom is only found in Jesus Christ, otherwise, it´s going to be a never ending miserable road…
          Hope it helped!

          • Kate Medaris

            What exactly makes these modern progressions sinful? Of course, I have been reading all these posts and been hearing the “because God’s word clearly says otherwise”. But I can’t help thinking, what would God’s advice be to our society today? What can actually hurt us and why? Assuming God laid out his word to protect and guide us on something, something you claim to fill both the spiritual and the physical realms. And God seems to say a lot about how to lead our physical lives among our surroundings and fellow humans. But physical guidelines only protect against physical dangers. And certainly at one point things like gender norms and nonromantic marriages helped societies and cultures grow, but now they simply hinder that growth. We live in a time of technology and potential for stability, not evenly distributed, but at our core we know it should be. Now we can focus on the internal, spiritual growth and psychological growth, beyond levels that previous generations relied on for barest survival. We are more connected than ever before, we can cross continents in a day, which in the past would be the risky journey of a lifetime. The internet, texting, its more easy to communicate that ever before and now with this we have much more responsibility. Now we have to chance, and the need, for equal opportunity and fairness so that everyone can have the safety and time for reflection that is our right in order to be complete sentient beings, not just surviving life forms clinging to identity.

          • Katie Holt

            What do you want to know, what are you searching for in Christ? If you want to email me straight up KMH32016@gmail.com

    • Sofia

      exactly

      • Hey Kate, I can see that we definitely disagree on this issue and many more. My faith is firmly founded on the Word of God and I believe that He is the Creator of the World. Girl Defined is based firmly on Scripture and our readers know that all of our perspectives are filtered through a biblical lens. I would really encourage you to check out this article by Nathan Ham titled: How Do We Know There Is a God?https://answersingenesis.org/is-god-real/how-do-we-know-there-is-a-god/

  • Brooke Mazyn

    Thank you for writing this! My mom and I had just been talking about it. She’s been using it since 7th grade, and she truly is asking around for brands of cheap good makeup. It’s so sad seeing what our world is coming to. Just stay what you are girls, don’t let this world define you, but keep your eyes on CHRIST! Thanks so much Bethany. <3

  • Cynara Pereira

    I’ve seen an advertising too, with the same theme. I’m brazilian and always read your blog, may I translate and share your text for more people can read it?

    • Absolutely 🙂 Just link back to girldefined.com 🙂 Blessings!

      • Cynara Pereira

        Thanks!!

  • Chloe

    Dear fellow Christian ladies, I think it’s time we all stop and think for a moment: what is the most important thing in our religion, in fact, what is Christianity really about? I think we can all agree that it’s about Jesus Christ, right? I think we Christians need a reminder that the most important thing – our belief in Jesus – is what really needs to be agreed upon. Let’s also remember that if we’re all focusing on God and working to strengthen our relationship with Him, naturally our lives will conform to the way He wants. So let us all turn our gaze back to God.
    To the non-believers out there: I love you all, and I DEEPLY apologize for any hurt self-professed Christians have caused you. Please don’t judge Christ by His Christians because history has shown that we have failed and we still will fail. I’d like to propose, though, that you test the waters of our faith. Investigate it, because if life really has no meaning (as many say), then it can’t hurt.
    As for the homosexual and transgender movement that’s going on right now, I disagree with it. But I also know that I can’t show them any less love or forgiveness than a non-homosexual. Since our world is only going to get worse, I can only suggest that we all pray that the Lord will keep His Bride pure and come back soon!

    • Cassie Kellogg

      So, just food for thought: I totally get where you’re coming from when you implore atheists or agnostics to just try out the faith (and then you reference gay people, not sure I feel you were suggesting that gay people are all “non-believers”, but anyways), but, and I am not saying this with sarcasm, why would a gay or trans person ever want to? It’s not better to say that you disagree with it than saying it’s condemnable because both imply it’s a choice. It’s still alienating. Like, if I said “Look, I disagree with the Christian lifestyle and faith. I think it’s abhorrent, but I still want to spend time with you and try to let you see the light called atheism.” Any normal person would be turned off by that. And that’s how those comments make LGBT people feel too.

  • Faith

    This is such a double standard and makes me so mad. Why can’t a boy wear up?! I personally feel is preaching hate and this is why people are scared of christians. we are not suppose to bring people down, only continue to lift them up. I am Super super super disappointed by this post. Yes i know what you stand by and your faith and freedom of speech etc but i truly believe that this is post is bringing this boy down who has worked so hard for something that someone once told him he couldn’t do. I am a follower of christ I know what is right and this isn’t right. Whats so wrong about that it’s making you cringe….like seriously grow up. Their is BIGGER issues than this. This post is cringe worthy..

    • Sarah Jen Valdez

      Let’s just wait for the final judgement. Most of the time, we think we are wise enough to know such things about what is right and wrong. But honestly, our wisdom is mere foolishness compared to the wisdom God has. Let’s not cause trouble and comprehend with what Girldefined is trying to say. It’s not their own opinion anyways, they only stated what the Bible is saying.

  • Halee Westbrook

    OOOH!!! Yes!!! Great post.

  • Mary

    First of all, make up is the biggest put down to woman EVERRRR!!!!In my personal opinion, I think it makes sense that he is wearing makeup…because that’s what make-up is, it’s MAKE BELIEVE!!! He’s trying to be a girl, something he’s NOT, so as far as i’m concerned, LET HIM HAVE AT IT!!!


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