Leviticus 19:28 says, "Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the Lord."
Call me old fashioned, but whenever I see a baby with her ears pierced, I wonder about the individual child having their choice taken away in altering her body that way. A few days ago, a child, barely able to walk, approached me with both ears pierced. I asked the older child who chased after her how old the baby was. Then I felt the need to back pedal a little, since there was hesitation on the older child's face. Surely the baby was a "she?" But no, she corrected me and said it was a "he." If you are confused, I was also confused by the encounter. That question is climbing the charts, almost right up there with the one that goes like, "When are you due?" And the man's not pregnant.
Shouldn't a child have the choice to pierce their own ear(s)? I have encountered this same type of matter about my own children and whether to chemically treat their hair, etc. It's their body, I feel, and they should make a responsible decision in altering it. I feel it is my duty to help them accept their natural selves as beautiful - beauty coming from the inside out. I wonder, if I had a son, how would this apply to circumcision? What a complicated matter. Or if they had been born with some abnormal condition where I needed to make a choice of how to make the child's body and life more adaptable to our world, what would I do? What a challenge some parents face. Then there are the decisions in getting a child vaccinated. That too, to me, fits in this category in question.
I have considered getting a tattoo for many years, off and on (no, not the rub on kind). A design I considered a LONG LONG time ago, was a Hershey's Kiss on the derrierre with the white flag reading "kiss my...." I still think of having one of my scars incorporated into a beautiful butterfly. One of my favorite reality shows lately has been "L.A. Ink" - not only seeing the artists at work and the reasoning behind some of the choices people make in getting tatted up, but also the cool artwork. One of my chosen subjects in college Speech, was body art, including piercings, etc. I appreciate this form of self expression.
A beautiful friend pointed to the above verse. That verse adds another thing to consider. Though I know we are not under law, but under grace, as Christians, I wonder what place the "law" takes in our everyday lives. For example, the subject of Christmas trees in relation to Jeremiah, chapter ten. Knowing that something offended our God in past dispensations causes me to wonder if we should heed the law out of love of God, and wanting the best that life has to offer us? After all the mistakes I have made as an adult, I have come to realize that the "law" is not the kind of thing that is like an adult authority over an adolescent, where we feel the need to rebel against that authority. Instead, it is more the loving suggestion on how to live on this planet and receive the blessings God has for us.
God judges the heart; the acceptance, or rejection of Him, and the motives that aren't seen with the naked eye. So then how do we know for ourselves that we have what needs to be in our heart when making choices, and know that we are honoring God? Is this a WWJD (what would Jesus do) question?
Psalm chapter 119 verse nine says, "How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word." Then verse 11 says,"Thy word have I hid in my heart, that I may not sin against Thee." Ephesians chapter six verse 17 says, "Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God."
Oh, and then Paul goes on to say in verses 18 through 20, "And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should." That's a lot of praying!! Okay, so then there is prayer. Reading His word is "hearing" His side of conversation with us, and then having the discipline of prayer is our side of conversation with Him.
Is that it? What are your thoughts?