What Princess Leia from Star Wars Teaches Us About Beauty

Anastasis Faith

      Carrie Fisher—better known as Princess Leia from Star Wars—died suddenly after a heart attack recently.
      An actress known for her beauty.
      I still can’t watch that scene in the sixth Star Wars where Princess Leia is wearing almost nothing. I just can’t think about what I know my guy friends have seen. It honestly makes me feel sick. Yes, Princess Leia was beautiful and she flaunted her beauty for all to see.
      Fast-forward a bit. Have you seen the seventh Star Wars? Have you seen what Princess Leia looks like there?
      She was old and overweight. The producers, instead of flaunting her figure, went to great lengths to hide how much it had changed. Her voice made her sound like a heavy smoker.
      Fast-forward a little more.
      She is dead.
      Time was not good to Princess Leia. Nor to any woman who has used the gifts God gave her to seduce men.
      In fact, time will not be good to anyone.

“All flesh is grass, and all its loveliness is like the flower of the field.
The grass withers, the flower fades,
When the breath of the LORD blows upon it;
Surely the people are grass.
The grass withers, the flower fades,
But the word of our God stands forever.”
Isaiah 40:6b-8

      These verses bring into stark realization the complete delicacy of humanity. It emphasizes two things:

1.      We are temporary

The grass withers and flower fades. We will not last forever. Especially our beauty. It is here today and gone tomorrow.

2.     We are weak

God has merely to blow on us for us to die. I’m not aware of even a bug that you can blow on to kill. How insignificant we are! How weak we are! Before God, we are completely powerless. Why then do we act as if there is no Judge? Why do we live life as if there are no consequences for our sin?

      Only God’s word will endure forever. Only His word will never pass away. God is unchangeable, everlasting, and powerful.
      Our beauty must not be merely external. Because that fades. Read these verses.
“Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious.”
1 Peter 3:3-4

“Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”
Proverbs 31:30

      Do not be carried away by either your beauty or the beauty of someone else. To God, external beauty is worthless, and He will surely not consider it a reason to be granted eternal life.
      God will punish ugly and beautiful alike who do not fear Him. Worldly beauty when clothed in sin will not stand before Him.
      Carrie Fisher now has to stand before a holy God and be asked to give an account of her life. She will have to look at Him, the One who created her beauty, and tell Him that she did not honor Him as Lord. She will be held responsible for the purposeful seduction of countless men.
      Imagine the shame she will feel. Imagine the everlasting punishment she will receive.
      Was it really worth it?
      Is attention worth scorning your Maker? Is admiration worth eternal fire?
      You may be beautiful, but God treasures the inner beauty of the heart. Pursue Him and know Him. That is what makes a woman truly beautiful in the sight of our Heavenly Father. 
      For more on this topic, read this article, "Does God Want Me to Be Beautiful?" and "Pursuing Jesus Through Purity."
 What are your thoughts on this topic? Share in the comments!

Anastasis Faith / Author & Editor

Anastasis is a Texas girl who enjoys writing, blogging, and music. You can connect with her here on her blog, or at morningglorypursuingjesus@yahoo.com

4 comments:

  1. This post, although well written, was meaningless and offensive to women. Carrie Fisher was a wonderful woman who accomplished many great things. You chose to only address how she looked and dressed, shamed her for being attractive, and set a precedent for slut shaming women. She lived a wonderful life, and you should be ashamed for shaming her. Stating that beauty doesn't last forever, and then shaming her for not looking her best in the last movie is hypocritical. Perhaps writing on something wholesome, without shaming women or how they look, would be more worth your time. I have appreciated some of your content, but this went too far.

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    1. Kate, first of all thank you so much for reading my blog and for taking the time to comment. I apologize if I unnecessarily offended you. I want you to know that I was not intending to disgrace Fisher's meaningful contribution to society, but I was using her as an example because she is one of the few women that my generation knows and has seen both as a young woman and as an older woman. Fisher is a mild example of a serious problem in our society.

      I was not blaming Fisher for ageing, and I apologize if it came across that way. My point was that she was a woman who was far more beautiful than most women can ever boast, and yet it faded. The figure that the producers flaunted was the same figure they tried to conceal. Despite the good she may have contributed to society, I do not hold her up as an example to young women. She was unfaithful to her husband, as well as going along with what the producers wanted her to wear. I would argue that what is offensive to women is when producers dress them scantily to get more revenue.

      Fisher will have to give an account like all of us about how she used the gift of youthful beauty. And none of us can stand before a holy God--but that's where the beauty of the Gospel comes in. It doesn't matter how dirty our lives become, because Jesus' blood on the cross is enough payment for the worst sins.

      My intention is not to shame women, or their beauty. My intention is to point out that we cannot put our hope in that beauty and neither should we use it as a vehicle for sin.

      Again, thank you for reading and taking the time to comment! :)

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  2. This is good, Anna...I think a lot of us have esteemed her highly because of how beautiful she was and what a great actress she was. But I agree that she distracted guys in a sinful way and caused other girls to struggle as well in other ways. I think it was good of you to encourage us girls to strive and even STRUGGLE to glorify God alone with our GOD-GIVEN beauty. I am aware of some terribly sinful things she did other than what you mentioned here...although she is near and dear to all our hearts as Princess Leia...it's necessary to keep things in perspective and not hold her up as a roll model for us...she abused her God-given talents and beauty and shamed HERSELF over and over. THANK YOU for your boldness, Anna! I realize we all love Princess Leia and as much as I wish it weren't true, you are correct in everything you've said. Thank you for this reminder and for your fearlessness about speaking truth for the sake of the girls you work so hard to encourage daily!

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    1. Thank you for reading and commenting! Yes, Princess Leia was a very endearing character for sure! But she did not live a sinless life--like any of us! We are all guilty before God. As girls we should be careful to not go down the same path that she did.

      I appreciate your insight and your thoughts! :)

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