Today, there is a massive social focus on how we look and view ourselves. Modern society boasts that we are more accepting of people who are different than any other generation prior, but perhaps that is not true at all. It seems that there is actually more peer pressure to transform our natural bodies than ever before.
“I was born this way,” is a viral pop-song by singer, Lady Gaga, and has become a modern day anthem for homosexuals, transexuals, and cross dressers – three groups of people who ironically identify well with changing their physical appearance. The song rages:
“I’m beautiful in my way
‘Cause God makes no mistakes
I’m on the right track, baby
I was born this way.”
At first glance, it seems that the song encourages people to accept the body that God gave them. After all, “He makes no mistakes,” but that conclusion would be wrong. It is extremely ironic that this is the song that has become the anthem of those who seek to change everything about the body that God gave them at birth, including (but not limited to) hair color, eye color, nose shape, butt size, and in some cases – even gender mutation and genital mutilation.
The peer pressure is everywhere and anyone thinking that Christian missionaries are not exempt would be wrong. Missionaries are not super Christians – they are humans that have challenges, failures, and doubts like anyone else.
A special missionary from China and trained psychologist joins us on our BTJ podcast and shares her experience of changing her body from the one God gave her. She shares how her father’s Playboy centerfold posters made her feel inadequate as a young woman and how she decided to surgically change her body to meet an image that society had deemed more attractive and feminine. Her parents celebrated her decision and even helped pay for the surgery, but the change to her body was not everything that she had hoped for. In fact, she shares how it has been damaging in almost every respect and issues a warning to others.
This Chinese missionary takes us on an extremely honest and vulnerable journey into her past and talks about love, life, unfaithfulness, and failure as well as grace, love, and restoration.
This brave missionary is the first to ever openly share about this procedure from the mission field, but she is not the first to go through it. Christians might be shocked to learn that missionaries also deal with image issues and seek surgical enhancements in hopes to be more socially acceptable. In Asia this is a huge challenge and desperately needs to be addressed by the missionary community.
The unnamed missionary also shares a strong warning to any woman thinking about getting a breast augmentation and gives graphic details of dangers that every woman should hear.
To listen to the podcast, click below.