Too bad about Megan Good

Welcome google visitors & regular readers! This isn’t necessarily a celebrity blog, but for some reason this post and the last one are both about celebrities—named Megan, curiously enough.  It’s just that their actions and reactions have brought up good lessons, I guess. Who knows? Maybe I can find a third Megan to learn from in a couple weeks.

megan good, private photos, modestySo people are freaking out today because Megan Good is the most recent victim of whichever hacker is getting access to personal celebrity nude & topless photos and releasing them all over the interwebs. Here’s the short version, if you’re interested.  Apparently, some good-hearted church folk are even shaming her choice to share those pictures with her husband. That’s not right, cut it out peeps!

At the risk of being crude, I do want to remind my readers about a super racy section of the Bible where Solomon compares his wife’s breasts to a lot of things that make him happy—fawns and towers and fruit. Also, check out Proverbs 5:19, which says “As a loving hind and a graceful doe, Let her breasts satisfy you at all times; Be exhilarated always with her love.” So, you can see that if her husband is away from home, Megan Good might actually be in keeping with Biblical advice by sharing photos.

I know she isn’t ashamed of herself and I don’t think she should be. As she mentioned online—these pictures were meant for her husband’s eyes only. The only people who should feel ashamed are the hackers, and the googly-eyed pervs who are mentally enjoying another man’s wife.

This isn’t what I really wanted to talk about today, though. I am far less worried about Megan Good’s private nudity than about her public semi-nudity. She has a really (self-proclaimed) liberal view on what modesty means and I’m wondering if this scandal will amend her view—possibly as she sees all the flesh-loving comments on those sites. Ew.

I was introduced to Ms. Goods view on modesty a couple years ago, when there was some initial controversy  about some of her clothing choices since she had married Seventh-Day Adventist Pastor, DeVon Franklin. (I had just read his book, Produced by Faith, so I was kind of following his Hollywood career at the time.) Here’s a snippet of Good’s interview from Rolling Out magazine:

“I really don’t think there’s anything wrong with being sexy,” she says matter-of-factly. “God created our bodies as women. He created us to be beautiful, to be sexy, to be powerful, to be fearless — to be amazing. I do respect and understand the fact that when you come into the sanctuary, you need to be dressed appropriately because you are not the star — Jesus is the star. That I agree with 100 percent.” While she understands that dressing appropriately is necessary, Good also wants more people to recognize that “appropriate” is always relative. Especially outside of Sunday morning service.”

Hold up. I can totally agree with her that Jesus is the star of every church service, at least that should be the goal! I love that she has reverence for God’s house. What I can’t get through my head is that it sounds like Jesus may not be the star outside the church service. If we’re Christians, shouldn’t we be dressing in a way that always points to and doesn’t detract from our message about Jesus? Aren’t we the same people, aiming for the same standards inside the sanctuary and out?

What about being sexy? Again, I could be misinterpreting her intent for using the word, but I don’t think God made us to be sexy—I mean, he made us beautiful, and to have sex with our spouses. I’m just not sure he wanted our every curve visible to everyone making it easy for them imagine us in a bedroom situation. As people reflecting purity and holiness, we do not want guys to have to struggle with sexual thoughts when we’re around. That’s the opposite of really loving our brothers in Christ. And yes, I know, there’s always gonna be someone who is turned on even if you’re in giant overalls, but that’s not an excuse to wear your cat-woman suit to prayer meeting…even if Halloween is coming up.

The Bible says that man looks on the outward appearance, but God judges the heart, so I know I’m in no position to judge what’s going on in Ms. Good’s heart. Isn’t it interesting though that  the Bible also has a lot to say about modesty and garments? It’s true! Clothing is used as a metaphor for what we are like inside and for our character in the parable of the wedding feast in Matthew 22:11. There are various other verses on the subject and a quick google search will get you some of the better known ones.

Modesty is an attitude and a way of thinking. As part of the family of God, we want to have the highest standards based on the Word of God. Society (especially the fashion and entertainment industry) has a standard that’s based on popularity, so it must truly be a battle to get dressed every morning for Christians in Hollywood. Praying for you guys and ladies right now!

I could go on talking about this tough subject for another thousand words and not even begin to lay out this issue and how it impacts our young women. I won’t. I just want to put out a call for all our Christian women role models to help us lift our standards–to search ourselves every morning about whether or not we are being conformed to this world or transformed for the next!

Let’s step it up ladies! Let’s ask ourselves when we look in the mirror: does my Jesus look good in this dress?

Muah ha! What about you? What guides your getting dressed principles? Do you know anyone who always looks rockin’ and has a modest heart? Lemme know, I want to interview them!

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