Leonardo DiCaprio stars in a powerful movie called “Blood Diamonds” that exposes the ugly world of diamond smuggling that has fueled civil wars in some African countries. This legitimate travesty has not been sufficiently solved despite efforts by the largest diamond distributors and continues to be a source of international concern.
When I first became aware of this controversy, I worried that it might spoil my analogy! : ) But so far, the analogy holds true. Just because some diamonds have been harvested and sold illegally does not negate the fact that they are still amazing creations. Should you stop buying diamonds? That is between you and your conscience, but a woman’s past is just that – history.
So, be moved to what ever action you deem appropriate concerning these controversies, but remember: a diamond is an awe-inspiring gem despite the fact that its beauty has been exploited and its history has been traumatic. Women are no different. Around this small world of ours women are demoralized everyday. In famine lands, girls are rationed more strictly than boys. Under extremist governments, women are forced to abdicate positions of influence just because they are female. In the fashion world, women are manipulated into believing lies about what is beautiful based on current trends and money-driven decision makers.
As women, our history is marred as well. We are trafficked and manipulated. But that does not change the fact that God created us as chosen possessions. We are His workmanship. Our job is to rise above the drama and embrace a new future. Our hope is to find identity in Him.