"Lipstick On A Pig"

J. D. Conley

  The above phrase is not a new one. It has been around the block many times and has been dusted off recently and used by both presidential candidates. However, as old and worn as the phrase is, it is still used because of its effectiveness.

Has not Satan used the same ploy in his representation of sin? Has he not dressed and painted it up and assigned it new names? However, with all of his window dressing, sin is still sin. You can call adultery an affair, abortion a woman’s right to choose, homosexuality a lifestyle, but when it is all said and done, sin is still sin – just as sure as lipstick on a pig is nothing more than lipstick on a pig. Sin is still sin, and a pig is still a pig, no matter what people call it or how they disguise it.

Satan is a master at making the swinish and filthy to appear attractive. He even has the ability to “transform himself into an angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14). Through his cunning and use of lies, he has been able to trick the world into believing that lipstick on a pig actually changes it from being a pig! Not only that, but it changes a pig into something quite attractive and appealing. However, in his bag are the same old cosmetics. Through “the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life” (l John 2:16), he is able to lure the masses. This triad, though trite, is still very effective at covering up the repulsive truth about sin. Many have been blinded by these superficial masks, thinking they have been in love with what is beautiful when, all along, they have been kissing a pig. What a hearty laugh Satan must be having!

God’s Word is the ultimate makeup remover. It reveals to us what is underneath the disguise Satan has skillfully applied over sin. It exposes the hoggishness that exists below the veneer. The Bible provides the means by which we can shield ourselves from the champion makeup artist. God has warned us “Lest Satan should get an advantage over us: for we are not ignorant of his devices” (2 Corinthians 2:11). “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil” (Ephesians 6:l1).

The Scriptures provide us with everything we need for an extreme makeover. Let us take advantage lest we find ourselves in love with a pig! -102 Laramie Rd., Marietta, OH 45750.

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