Calling someone “sleeve candy” is not usually meant as a compliment. Yet it does convey the idea of one person adding to the reputation of another. A person called “sleeve candy” is usually an attractive young woman being escorted by an older man who is rich or powerful. They are often pictured together in movies about mob bosses or aging tycoons out for a night on the town. We see the ravishing woman holding the arm of the older man and immediately suspect that if it were not for his money or his clout, she would not be with him. But because he does have those things, the woman is willing to accompany him; and her mere presence at his side adds to his aura of prestige. The mogul wears “sleeve candy” on his arm for much the same reason that he wears $2000 suits on his back: to make himself look important and influential.
Though “sleeve candy” is a derogatory term, Titus 2:10, in which Paul advised Christians to “show complete and perfect fidelity, so that in everything they may be an ornament to the doctrine of God our Savior,” suggests a positive application of the term. In this lesson we will explore how the good works of Christians decorate the world to the glory of God.