With all the chatter over the years about people having the right to do whatever they want with their bodies, the bible takes the opposite stance. Christians understand that our bodies were bought with a price and it essentially does not belong to us-kind of on loan. The Bible talks about a few ways of defiling the body and the most prominent is ‘fornication’ because that is the only sin that a person commits against themselves. However, fast forward to today and we can see that people are doing much more than fornication to their bodies. The question is what else constitutes defiling the temple that belongs to God?
I was visiting another blog sometime ago and the topic was are tattoos wrong for Christians. Most of the responses were no and a few women indicated that they were planning on etching permanent ink into their skins. The minority of about one or two people (who were sorely crucified for their opinions) was against this and cited the passage in the bible from 1 Corinthians 6: 13-20 which indicates that each Christian’s body belongs to God. This was an interesting topic for me because for the longest time I wanted a tattoo branded on my chest. However, as I have aged, I have decided against ever getting one because as ‘my girls’ fall further south, a tattoo would look a little stretched. The other reason is I have changed my mind about having something so unnecessary and permanent on my body that I will have to maintain as it fades.
Most of us have seen people covered with tattoos, know about piercings on body parts where the sun does not touch, implants, surgeries, self-mutilation for pleasure, morbid obesity, and the list goes on and on. The issue is would God consider these alterations as us caring for our bodies or vandalizing it? Personally, anything that strays too far from the natural individual bugs me-because it focuses more on the person. My thoughts are how can anyone see Christ if they are too busy looking at your extras.
The bible constantly refer to God’s people as being different (1 Peter 2:9). I do recognize that people come to Christ after the fact of doing a lot of things in their past and their bodies bare the evidence of a secular life. The question is more for those who already identify themselves as Christian, is there a line that we cross when it comes to what we do to or with ourselves. When God comes calling, can we be confident to say I have taken good care of your property for you?
Tongue-In-Cheek: With all the talk of the rapture, you may have to answer that question sooner than later. And if you are reading this, then you don’t need to worry about your body because we are all heading to hell 🙂