Q: How come so many Seventh-day Adventists don’t wear makeup or jewelry?
A: Here’s a question for you. When you really love someone, what is the main thing you want to do? Make them happy, of course! We show our love for our parents by doing our best to please them. And in the same way, we show our love for God by our loyalty and by making Him happy.
The Bible often associates wearing jewelry and makeup with disloyalty to God. When Jacob presented his family at the altar of the Lord at Bethel, they got rid of their earrings (Genesis 35:1—5). And in Exodus 33: 1—6 God told Moses that the people would need to strip their ornaments before they could enter the Promised Land. Why? Because wearing jewelry represented a turning away from the true God to the idols and customs of the people around them. Painting the face is also a pagan custom, as the example of Jezebel so «colorfully» illustrates (see 2 Kings 9:30).
It’s not that God dislikes jewelry. Read Ezekiel 28:12, 13, and you’ll find that Lucifer once wore every precious stone.
When God puts jewelry on us in heaven, it will signify His adorning us with His character. Right now God wants to adorn us inwardly with a character fit for heaven. And one day He will give us a gorgeous crown decked with jewels that represent the lovely character God has developed in us.