Sunday, October 24, 2010

What do you think feet are supposed to look like?


Sometimes you hear people commenting that feet are a part of the human anatomy that are weird, odd or ugly.

Some people do have unsightly feet. This is because of age, illness, injury or just wearing daft high heels. However, most people do not have feet like this. Some people are of the opinion that male feet are ugly, but female feet look nice. While men do tend to have larger and sometimes hairier feet (and often don't look after their toenails), their feet are usually free from the bunions and ravages caused by wearing silly high heels that female feet often suffer.

When people say that feet are an ugly part of the body, just what do they think feet ought to look like? Would they rather have cloven hooves or a pig's trotters? Or how about wheels?

I find it especially strange when Christians make this comment. They are effectively scorning the Creator's handiwork.

Our Lord Jesus walked this earth on human feet and now His feet are as burning brass (Revelation 1:15). When the saints are resurrected to glory, they will perhaps have feet of the same quality.

I believe the angels of heaven are not purely spirits, but have bodies that are in some ways like ours. I am sure they have feet like ours.

Romans 10:15

"How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace and bring glad tidings of good things!"

If anyone thinks that feet cannot be beautiful, I suggest that they be locked up for a week in an art gallery filled with paintings by William Adolphe Bouguereau.


Moderate Mouse said...

At the church I currently attend, there have been times when one or two little girls would sit barefoot in church without a second thought, and nobody batted an eye. There was one that did today. Her shoes (which later turned out to be a pair of pink and blue sparkly flip-flops with flowers on the toe strap) were nowhere in sight. She didn't even have on socks or tights. Apart from that she was wearing a blue jumper (and as a reminder, the American use of the term "jumper" means something completely different from the British use of it), a pink-and-white striped top, some (presumably) plastic jewerly, and a pink headband with a flower. I don't know why but I think children are less likely to be self-conscious about being barefoot in front of a large group of people (regardless of whether or not said people are shod) than adults are.

Like pretty much everyone else, I kept my shoes on. However, my shoes were a pair of black strappy sandals. As selective as I am about when, where, and under what circumstances I do away with any kind of footwear at all, it's safe to say that I'm okay enough with what my feet look like to wear sandals or flip-flops to wherever it is I'm going if the weather and situation allow it and I think they'll work with whatever else I'm wearing. If hoisery is involved (depending on the outfit), they're the sheer, skin-toned kind.

P.S. For what it's worth, though October in the US is traditionally associated with cold weather, the weather in my hometown is such that it is no longer unheard of for people to be wearing sandals (and/or other "summery" things such as shorts and anything sleeveless) up until mid to late October.

Celestial Fundy said...

In my experience, it is not unusual for women, even middle aged women, to remove their shoes and to be barefoot in church.

Anonymous said...

Me too don't understand what people think who says - male feet are ugly, and "female feet are cute" or whatever ??! IMO i think male feet that are taken care well could be just as fine as female feet, of course there are ugly feet, but i don't believe 100 % of the males have ugly feet? People who believe that must be totally nuts! =_=

Celestial Fundy said...

Thanks for your coment.

Have you visited before?

Moderate Mouse said...

Maybe someday, after the concept of excluding shoes from the private home (barring extenuating circumstances such as medical conditions or tasks that carry a high safety risk such as moving or installing a major appliance) in favor of slippers or less becomes more common in the Western world, the trend could carry over (even if gradually so) to the church setting (a.k.a God's house).

Here's how I see it. Shoes are meant to act as an armor of sorts against the outside world as well as, again, something like moving or installing a heavy appliance, no? (Even sandals and high heels would fit the "armor" description in theory though probably not so much in practice.) Compared to the outside world, the inside of the home is supposed to be relatively safe (if care for properly). Therefore, wearing shoes in the house would be symbolic of needlessly having one's guard up against one's surroundings whereas soft slippers, socks/stockings, or barefeet would suggest greater faith in the safety of the setting.

If one is to feel safe in a regular house, they should, by right, feel even safer in a church setting, which again, is often referred to as God's house. If shoe removal in favor of slippers or less is to reflect the safety of a regular house, then maybe it could do the same thing in God's house when/if more people are ready to receive that idea. (I know you mentioned in a post from a long time ago that slippers are standard fare in Japanese churches. It would've shocked me to say this when I first joined this discussion a couple of years ago, but I think I'd be open to that possibility. Interestingly enough, according to my Blogger stats, I've gotten 12 visits from Japan on one of my blogs and one on each of my other four.)

Sandro said...
It's an interesting photo diary depicting ones' walk-touring around I think Salisbury. In a photo, a man in a church is holding a woman on his shoulder because she doesn't want to spoil the floor with her dirty boots (wouldn't it have been easier, more appropriate, and better looking just to remove them?)
Another photo down the page represents the opposite . quite reasonable, approach, depicting a Helen playing organ in her socked feet.

Celestial Fundy said...

MM, I agree with you about the armour idea.

Celestial Fundy said...

Sandro, yes, that is a bit daft.