Snapchat Dysmorphia, What?

You are probably wondering where I am going with this….

Today, on the radio, I heard this headline, “Snapchat Dysmorphia, getting plastic surgery to look like your snapchat filters.” I want to say I was amazed by this, but come on, it is 2018 and this world is crazy.

I looked up the word ‘dysmorphia’ to see what it meant and here is the definition, a mental illness involving obsessive focus on a perceived flaw in appearance. When I read this definition, I started thinking about how important the outward and physical appearance is to people in this day and age. To some people, all they care about is how they look.

This new trend of dysmorphia is interesting in that these people want to look like a filter from a phone app. It is hard to comprehend! Snapchat filters can be fun, I have tried some of them out from time to time. But not even once have I considered getting plastic surgery to look like a filter. I don’t have anything against filters, but it seems that we post so many things on social media with filters that we forget even what our real self is like. We live in a filtered generation, a generation that is unhappy with the way they look so the cover up their ‘flaws’ with a filter. It is sad, really.

As a Christian, we should never be obsessed with how we look. I don’t mean that we should take care of ourselves and have proper hygiene, because we are the temple of God after all. We shouldn’t be so obsessed with our appearance that we spend more time standing in front of a mirror than reading our Bible.

We need to remember a few verses about our appearance.

“I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.”  Psalms 139:14 KJV God created you in His likeness and image, there is no need for you to change His handiwork.

“But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7 KJV  We need to be worried about what God sees, as He sees our heart. We can hide our sinful heart from man by looking good on the outside, but you cannot hide it from God.

So in conclusion, be thankful for the way God made you. You don’t need a filter to make God love you. 


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