Model Judgement

Posted on Apr 01 , 2014 in Life Lessons

Model Judgement

By Brad L Hodges

1 Samuel 16:7
7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

In general we are a very shallow society which places model looks over inner substance. This is at least true for most first impressions people make of others.

It’s no wonder this occurs with such alarming regularity. We are inundated with television images of lithe Victoria Secret models strutting around in fancy bras and lingerie seemingly as common on our big city streets as neon lights and just as colorful. Or seductive female celebrities tossing their perfect hair about as if that is the expected norm for the rest of us. Handsome men strut around in Calvin Klein underwear showing off chiseled abs and subtly sneering at us common folk with far less than flat stomachs.

While certainly not ever stated openly, for legal reasons, good looking people have an advantage for job interviews, promotions, priority college jockeying for fraternities or sororities or even trump us average folks at parties or other events where they always seem to be the center of attention.

The flawed humans who roam the earth among the beautiful people always seem to be shunned or looked down upon yet they are more in numbers than their Adonis counterparts.

Who hasn’t been guilty of skirting a homeless person on the street because of their appearance or making a snide remark to another about an arrant physical flaw apparent on a fellow human being?

Of course as Christians we are not supposed to be bias toward anyone but we are human and there are those pesky prejudices common to our broken humanity.

Aren’t we supposed to look at the inner being? Aren’t we presumed to favor the heart over the face?

Fortunately God is not like us. He does not look at the things people look at. We obviously favor the outward appearance “but The Lord looks at the heart.”

Jesus spent his ministry here on earth with the downtrodden, the disfigured, the rejected and the ugly. He looked at the inner person and he saw beauty. He examined their hearts and he saw hope. He sought out the ones that humanity turned away from and he gave them compassion and attention.

We can all, as always, learn a lesson from Jesus and stop making model judgements.

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