Einstein gave us the Theory of Relativity. Using his theory I have determined beauty is relative. Sumo wrestlers are not what we might consider beautiful. I don’t think they are intended to be. Attractiveness is not a necessary characteristic of their sport. But then that’s just an outward perspective. Angelina Jolie is considered beautiful. Probably is what helps her do what she does, but then again, that’s simply an outward perspective, too.
Here’s the problem: when we stop with the outside we never really know how beautiful the whole package really is. Once we stop there, we rarely go any further to examine the whole package. Unless they have a code they may discount the inside to emphasize the outside.
Sumo wrestlers are revered in Japan. They have a code that dictates both their outward and inward lives. Their appearance is part of that code—fat, nearly naked and long hair—but their life regiment reflects their inner commitment to being a Sumo. It takes both parts to make the whole.
Angelina’s code seems much different. She has banked her life on how she looks and so far so good. Interviews she has given indicate a much darker and less attractive person lives on the inside. How do those dissimilar parts make up her whole? Does she have a code?
Paul asked God to preserve our spirit, soul and body completely. That must indicate He has an interest in the whole. If Paul thought God was only interested in how we look on the outside linking our spirit and soul would seem out of place, inappropriate, and an unnecessary burden. Same if it were the spirit or soul only. It’s the whole that matters most.
So, you can judge a Sumo by his size because since he is a Sumo he is to be living by the code. Wearing the name makes it more than an accessory, it’s the life. For Sumos and for Christians, it shows up on the outside as much as it is present on the inside.