By Stan Mitchell
“Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman without discretion” (Proverbs 11:22).
For a number of years, I lived ten miles from Hollywood. There were several times when locals would see a stretch limousine pull up at the curb, and out would come a famous film star to enter some business or restaurant.
The first time it happened to me, it was Larry Hagman of “Dallas” fame. There he was, inside the Malibu pharmacy, good ol’ J.R. Ewing in the flesh!
Funny thing: When he spoke to the clerk, he didn’t have a Texas accent.
It made for great conversation pieces. “Guess who I saw today! Boy, old so-and-so is a lot shorter in person than he seems on film.” Or, “That makeup artist must have performed a miracle on her! She looks much older in person.”
Solomon’s image of a “gold ring” in a “pig’s snout” is startling because it’s so thoroughly out of place.
Beautiful women in ancient times did wear nose rings — Rebekah, Isaac’s bride did (Genesis 24:47) — and I notice the practice is coming back among some of our young women today. But can you imagine a priceless gold ring, shining in the light, placed right on the, er, delicate snout of a pig?
You know why Miss Piggy’s brave efforts to appear glamorous are so funny, right? It’s because she’s a pig!
Hollywood stars are undeniably beautiful, drop-dead gorgeous, in fact. But their lifestyles show no discretion. They cheat and betray, fornicate and get drunk, are self absorbed and thoughtless of others. Most mock and deride Christian teachings on principle. They are no one’s role model.
Their ugly actions and words seem out of place with the beauty they so carefully cultivate. Why do television cameras follow them everywhere? Why do magazines cover them so breathlessly?
Some are air heads, and immoral ones, at that!
Admiring them is as out of place as a gold ring on a pig’s snout!
By Stan Mitchell