Good news! Mark Driscoll has declared that should I desire to have a breast augmentation it is perfectly acceptable to do so.
For my entire life I’ve secretly been glad to have barely perceptible boobs. No back-aches due to a heavy front load, bra-free days when I want, old age with little to sag.
However, in Mark and Grace Driscoll’s new book, Real Marriage: The Truth about Sex, Friendship & Life Together, they say cosmetic surgery is ok and thus I may need to rethink the idea about having breast augmentation.
Here’s their argument: cosmetic surgery is not against the law and is not forbidden by Scripture since it is a recent medical invention; it is potentially helpful if it makes me more attractive to my spouse; and as long as it doesn’t become an obsession, there is nothing enslaving about it.
I was afraid that because I believe I am made in God’s image and thus really a result of God’s creative, life-affirming presence in the world, that I should see my whole self—body and soul as indicative of who God created me to be. So, even though my breasts are miniscule and my skin still breaks out when I eat chocolate and my nose has a bump on it, that I should accept these attributes and embrace my body even though it sometimes disappoints me.
But, apparently, I’ve not thought about this as the Driscolls think I should.
They say cosmetic surgery is increasing in popularity in the United States, primarily among women who most often seek liposuction and breast augmentation. This is simply a reality and such surgeries are perfectly acceptable because they are not illegal. Furthermore, since the Bible doesn’t say anything about such things, I should understand the silence to mean it is permissible.
Essentially there are no biblical roadblocks to having a surgery to enhance my feminine beauty.
In fact, I could even begin to see the Bible as encouraging me to embrace such modifications because it says somewhere that I am to make myself available (sexually, I assume) for my partner. By having breast augmentation, I will, as the Driscolls claim, be more comfortable with my body being seen naked and this increased confidence will result in a greater sense of freedom for me which will, in turn, produce better love-making.
Who can argue with that?
You know, in a book purporting to provide a biblical foundation for marriage, I expected a short digression, at least, into the long-term risks of such a procedure or maybe even a nod toward the benefits of maturity, one place being within marriage relationships. I guess I previously have thought that becoming gracious and accepting of life’s limitations is part of the challenge of maturation. Coming to terms with imperfection and weakness, I’ve been led to believe—falsely, apparently—was one of the realities that enabled me to be more compassionate toward others.
I also might have thought God wants me to use my financial resources to help others in need, to move me beyond myself and to become more actively hospitable and gracious, to follow God by loving others. What a relief to know this way of thinking about others is easily jettisoned for the benefits of making me more physically acceptable to my spouse. I am, after all, to be his standard of beauty. And, if I’m not good enough as I am, well, I can use medical advances to my advantage.
Or—and this is really out there—maybe one should examine the life of Jesus as an interpretive lens. If he was counter-cultural, perhaps his actions provide a clue about living counter-culturally today. Rather than seeking to “baptize” aspects of contemporary society in order to make them “Christian” could it be that Christians should critique culture; should live against its norms? In this case, could Christians demonstrate how seeing women as physical objects to be consumed rather than persons is the opposite of how Jesus treated women?
Well, all of my scruples are obviously off the mark.
Instead, Mark and Grace have convinced me that I do not need to accept my body as it is! As long as I don’t take my physical alterations too far, as in the case on one actor, Heidi Montag, I’m free to explore this exciting and new adventure.
Of course I’ll need to get Bryan’s permission first.